Christmas Crunch {Funfetti Popcorn Christmas Style}

12.04.2012

Easy and festive Christmas treat? Where? I’m definitely in! I posted this delicious treat back during Easter time and it was called Bunny Bait. In the post I’d mentioned a few other holiday ideas you could do with the same recipe and here’s one of them. This is one of the best treats ever! I’m so glad Bake at 350 came up with such a simple and delicious idea (such a great blog by the way be sure to check it out). It seriously only takes about 5 minutes to whip up this treat, so wouldn’t it be a perfect gift to give during the hectic holidays? I say it’s the perfect “energy” snack for me during the holidays =). It definitely keeps me going! Just a warning, this stuff is addictive so yes it’s a dangerous thing. Easy to make but hard to stop eating. I want to make it every day. It’s such a versatile snack that has such a delightful crunch.

Add as many sprinkles as your heart desires. Mine wanted a lot today =). I love sprinkles. Aren’t they just fancy? Also, if you’d like you can switch up the candy melt flavor with a mint or peppermint flavor. Enjoy!

Christmas Crunch {Funfetti Popcorn Christmas Style}

Christmas Crunch {Funfetti Popcorn Christmas Style}

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 1 (12 oz) bag Vanilla Candy Melts (such as Wilton Candy Melts)
  • 1 1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 (12 oz) bag green and red Milk Chocolate or Mint M&Ms
  • Red, green and white Sprinkles (I used Jingle Mix Nonpareils)

Directions

  • Pop popcorn in a popcorn popper into a large bowl (or alternately in the microwave if using microwave bags of popcorn) according to manufactures directions. Remove any unpopped popcorn kernels. Toss in broken pretzel pieces and M&Ms.
  • Melt Vanilla Candy Melts in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Drizzle half of melted chips over popcorn mixture, then stir, tossing gently a few times with a rubber spatula. Then drizzle remaining half of melted chips over popcorn, and gently stir mixture until evenly coated (don't over stir though or your sprinkles wont stick if the white chips begin to set and harden). Pour mixture into a single layer onto wax paper. Sprinkle entire mixture evenly with sprinkles (as many as you'd like) before vanilla chips set. Allow to cool and harden, then gently break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
  • Note: I was able to fill 8 - 9 1/2"x 4" party treat bags about 2/3 full with this recipe, just to let you know so you have an idea for gift giving.
  • *These can be found in the cake decorating section of some supermarkets, at craft stores or at specialty kitchen kneads stores.
  • Recipe Source: Adapted from Bake at 350
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/12/christmas-crunch-funfetti-popcorn-christmas-style/

55 comments

  • Rebecca @ Belle Blog: Now that looks yummy!!

    Rebecca♥ December 5, 2012 at 11:46am Reply

  • Anonymous: Wow! What a fantastic site! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. December 5, 2012 at 8:41pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Could you use white almond bark instead? December 5, 2012 at 8:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah that should work just fine because as far as I know it’s basically the same thing. Just use the same number of oz. I hope you love it as much as I do! December 6, 2012 at 11:06am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn!! How did you know I made a white chocolate popcorn just like this last weekend?? I plan to make dark chocolate version this weekend. Your photos are gorgeous, as always. Love the pretty sprinkles! Great minds think alike. :) December 6, 2012 at 5:05am Reply

  • angela @ anotherbiteplease: oooo..I love the fun festive colors!!! December 6, 2012 at 11:15am Reply

  • Diary of an Angry Pregnant Lady: This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it this weekend. December 6, 2012 at 1:58pm Reply

  • idania rubio: Made this tonight with my 8yr old and 3yr old. They loved it! Super easy and yummy. Going on a road trip this weekend, so it’s gonna make a great snack for them. Thanks for sharing! December 7, 2012 at 6:50pm Reply

  • bridget {bake at 350}: It’s so tempting just to eat it all yourself, isn’t it?!?

    Thanks so much for the sweet shout-out! :) December 8, 2012 at 8:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Bridget ~ yes of course! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe =)! I always love your blog! December 10, 2012 at 9:46pm Reply

  • Sarah: Do you need to use plain popcorn, or is the kind with butter okay, too? This looks amazing! December 8, 2012 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend using the butter flavored popcorn but if you don’t mind an underlying butter flavor then you could use it. I hope you enjoy! December 8, 2012 at 9:30pm Reply

  • KingsGirl: Could I use white chocolate chips instead of the candy melts? This looks fabulous! December 8, 2012 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend white chocolate chips because they don’t melt well or smoothly and you’d likely end up with soggy popcorn since it’s a different consistency. Hope you like it and Happy Holidays! December 8, 2012 at 9:34pm Reply

    • Anonymous: If you use white chocolate chips, stir in a tsp of cooking oil after melting! December 11, 2012 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I make this with white choc chips all the time…works great. Melt them in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted, pour over your popcorn mixture and mix with your hands. I then let it sit for a few minutes until it hardens up. I would also suggest adding a bag of fritos to the mix. The salty fritos covered with the white chocolate are amazing. :) December 9, 2012 at 12:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comment – I will have to give the white chocolate chips a second try =), I maybe just over heated mine in the past but the consistency just seems so much thicker then a thin almond bark (when it melted). Anyway thanks for the comment, glad they work out for you! December 9, 2012 at 2:35pm Reply

  • Anonymous: if you use white chocolate chips, (or chocolate of any kind really) i find the key is to only microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring a bit in between (and don’t melt too much at once) also add a little shortening to it, and it will stop it from hardening so fast, and it really makes it nicer to work with… December 11, 2012 at 2:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: thanks for the tip, good to know! December 11, 2012 at 11:38pm Reply

  • Megan Githens: Hi Jaclyn! I am a new follower here and I just made this Funfetti recipe…I seriously can’t stop snacking on it! Such a cute and yummy Idea! I am going to feature it on my blog tomorrow and will be linking right back to you :)
    hug,
    Megan@ http://www.momssurvivingkids.com December 15, 2012 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Megan! It looks great and very cute blog by the way =). So glad to have you following! December 17, 2012 at 12:25pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Anyone ever use peanut or almond M&Ms? Can you believe I couldn’t find plain today at the store? December 18, 2012 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s what happens around the holidays the store runs out of everything it can be annoying, but I think the peanut version would actually be delicious with this. December 18, 2012 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I used Sixlets instead of M&Ms and Candy Quik instead of chocolate pieces. I also found no need for a spatula- just get your hands in there and mix it around (when the chocolate cools a bit first)! December 19, 2012 at 8:38pm Reply

  • Parker: I added peanut butter m and m’s and chocolate ones and drizzled chocolate on top. Daughter in law said you can never have too much chocolate. It was a fun project for us to do together. December 20, 2012 at 9:59pm Reply

  • Simo: I looove these colors. thx for sharing! i will try it tomorrow!! :) December 21, 2012 at 6:51am Reply

  • hervey bay property sales: so yummy, i will try this during our bonding time for my kids. December 23, 2012 at 5:56am Reply

  • Christmas crunch popcorn: [...] made some changes to the original recipe; here’s how I did [...] December 23, 2012 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Looks great! Very cute nails by the way =)! December 23, 2012 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Tawnya: OMG I made this yummy stuff ealier this week!!! So gone! This was so yummy making more today for gifts!!! December 24, 2012 at 8:35am Reply

  • Brianne: Just made some for my family’s Christmas Eve party tonight. It’s so YUMMY & EASY! December 24, 2012 at 11:04am Reply

  • Cory P.: Completely addicted !! I used pretzel m&m’s instead of the pretzel bits in the last batch I’ve made, yummy!! Thanks for the recipe !! January 1, 2013 at 10:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Youre welcome Cory! Glad you enjoyed it =)! January 2, 2013 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Jen James: I am so glad I found your site! EVERY recipe I see sounds so good! November 16, 2013 at 10:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you found it too Jen! I hope you love what you try! November 16, 2013 at 8:54pm Reply

  • Candice: How far ahead of time do you think I could make this for gifts? I’m assuming you cant freeze it? November 16, 2013 at 12:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would say no more than a day or two as many popcorn recipes tend to go stale. My never lasts that longs so I can’t say for sure. November 16, 2013 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Christine (CookTheStory): What a great idea. So festive. November 25, 2013 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Joy: My 10 year old daughter and I just made this for a Holiday in the Park bakery tonight and we added crushed peppermint! So yummy! Thanks for the idea!!! December 1, 2013 at 8:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The crushed peppermint sounds delicious! Glad you liked this Joy! December 1, 2013 at 7:20pm Reply

  • Tammy: I have done various different versions of specialty popcorn but never thought about adding sprinkles. I usually pour all the ingredients into a brown paper bag and shake it up to make sure everything is coated evenly. Your white chocolate lemon popcorn sounds yummy and will be one to try. December 2, 2013 at 12:18am Reply

  • Andrea: I made this last year for the holidays and plan to do it again this year. My only feedback is that this was too sweet and not salty enough. I plan to try mixing in either cereal or fritos like another person commented. Makes a great little homemade gift! December 10, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

  • AMANDA Z: This looks delicious! I’m planning on making this for gifts and just wondering how long it will stay fresh? December 16, 2013 at 11:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should stay fresh for a few days. Hope you love it! December 16, 2013 at 1:41pm Reply

  • Sarah: Any thoughts about how long this will keep if sealed in an airtight container?
    Can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing. December 16, 2013 at 12:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should keep for a few days then after that it will start to get stale I think. I hope you love it Sarah! December 16, 2013 at 1:40pm Reply

  • Hope: I honestly thought the M&Ms were Cap’n Crunch pieces from a distance. That might be good too! :) December 19, 2013 at 5:46pm Reply

  • Lauren: Fantastic looking snack! I am going to make 28 bags for the hospice team I work with! For the prepopped bag popcorn…what size bags did you use for the recipe. I bought huge bags from Costco to make it easier. Thank you! December 20, 2013 at 9:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m not sure what size bag but you should have 10 cups popped popcorn. Also I wouldn’t recommend buying a flavored/buttered popcorn. Hope everyone loves it! December 21, 2013 at 1:21pm Reply

      • Lauren: Thanks for the measurement. Well…I sure do love this. I made it today. I used Smart Pop popcorn (got 2 huge bags of it from Costco for $4.85 each). The kernels are nice and puffy with very little oil and just the right amount of salt. Perfect! December 21, 2013 at 5:31pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting us know where to get it and that that type worked out :). So glad you liked it! December 22, 2013 at 6:05pm Reply

  • Cindy: OMG just made this for Christmas presents. Every year my family gets a bunch of home made treats and this is one of them. I used regular funfetti sprinkles and it still looks super festive and fun! It took some skill not making a huge mess while mixing the melted vanilla in but I managed to get the hang of it! I just love this, what a wonderful idea. Thanks for posting it! December 22, 2013 at 11:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Cindy! I’m glad you love it :)! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! December 22, 2013 at 10:54pm Reply

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  • Kelly: Sounds fantastic! Planning to make this for Valentines Day (with appropriate colored m&m’s & sprinkles) for my hubby & kids! February 10, 2014 at 1:39am Reply

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