Funfetti Popcorn (or Bunny Bait for Easter)

03.18.2012

I’m going to warn you now so you can’t say I didn’t warn you later, this festive, sweet treat is HIGHLY addictive!  Isn’t it fun?  It’s perfect for birthdays and holidays because not only is it amazingly delicious but it makes a huge bowl full so you’ll have enough for a crowd of people.  It is also easy to switch it up for different holidays, I listed a few alternate variations below.  No matter what holiday it is, you are going to want this stuff around!  Both kids and adults alike will absolutely love it, and you will love how easy it was to make!

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Funfetti Popcorn (or Bunny Bait for Easter)

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels , or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 12 oz . Plain Vanilla Candy Melts , such as Wilton*
  • 1 1/3 cups pretzel squares , broken into pieces
  • 1 12 oz . bag plain Milk Chocolate M&Ms or Mini M&Ms (for Bunny Bait use pastel M&Ms)
  • Multicolored Sprinkles , about 1/4 - 1/3 of a 2 oz. container

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Melt Vanilla Candy Melts in a microwave safe bowl on HIGH 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 before vanilla chips set. Allow to cool and harden, then gently break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
  3. 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.
  4. Recipe Source: Adapted from Bake at 350

Recipe Notes

*These can be found in the cake decorating section of some supermarkets, at craft stores or at specialty kitchen kneads stores.

Switch it up (and name accordingly =)


Christmas – Christmas Crunch
Use 1 12 oz bag green and red Milk Chocolate M&Ms
Optional – add in crushed hard or soft (such as Bob’s) peppermint candies
Use green and red sprinkles

Valentines – Love Lure
Use 1 12 oz bag pink, red, white Milk Chocolate M&Ms
Use red and pink sprinkles
Optional – add in cinnamon imperial hearts candy or pink, red and white conversation hearts

St. Patricks Day – Leprechaun Lunch
Use 6 oz green and 6 oz. yellow M&Ms, or 12 oz. green (available at craft stores)
Use green and yellow sprinkles

Easter – Bunny Bait
Use 1 12 oz bag pastel colored Milk Chocolate M&Ms

July Fourth – Fourth Fireworks Crunch
Use 6 oz red M&Ms and 6 oz blue M&Ms (available at craft stores)
Use multicolored red, blue and white sprinkles mix
Optional – sprinkle with red Poprocks candy once chocolate has almost set (so they don’t just dissolve)

Halloween – Bat Bait
Use 12 oz brown and orange M&Ms
Use black and orange sprinkles
Optional – add in crushed Oreos in place of pretzles

Thanksgiving – Turkey Treats Mix
Use 12 oz. Reese’s Pieces in place of M&Ms
Use brown, yellow, orange, red sprinkles

…That’s just my random list I thought up but you could change these up (Bunny Bait not my own idea, adapted from Bake at 350) and add your own ideas.  You could even replace the M&Ms with jelly beans, skittles or Sixlets.  I hope you have fun holidays throughout the year and a great upcoming Easter!

31 comments

  • Handmade by Hilani: Love this. Planning my Easter Menu and this is surely on it! March 28, 2012 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: KayLyn – I’m glad you mention that because I do a lot of popcorn recipes and I’ve wondered if adding butter would make the popcorn soggy at all? I always love things a bit richer so I would love to give it a try! And a hint of salt would be good too, I thought of adding a bit and a bit of vanilla but I decided just to stick with the recipe and keep it simple =). Thanks for your comment! March 28, 2012 at 5:59pm Reply

  • KayLyn: Found this on Pinterest…looks excellent! Can’t wait to try. I’ve done white chocolate popcorn before (just popcorn and melted white chocolate) but found with a little butter and salt it helps add some richness to it. Ever try that? I’d be interested in your opinion on adding butter and salt with the other mix ins in this recipe. March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Bridget – It is so fun, and SO addictive! I had to hurry and gift it or I would have easily eaten it all myself. Thanks for a great recipe! I love your blog! March 20, 2012 at 10:02pm Reply

  • bridget {bake at 350}: Isn’t it fun!?!? I could eat it all myself! March 19, 2012 at 11:42am Reply

  • Anonymous: I think I just found what to make for cub scouts this week my soon will love helping making this. Might even make it for the baby showe I’m hosting. March 18, 2012 at 9:31pm Reply

  • YummyInspirations: What a great idea! Think I’ll do something similar for my son’s birthday! Thanks for sharing! March 18, 2012 at 5:04pm Reply

  • SerenaB: Such a wonderful idea! I love how you packaged it perfect for little treats for friends to take home! Have a wonderful week! Xoxo March 18, 2012 at 12:16pm Reply

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