Christmas Crunch

Christmas Crunch {White Chocolate Popcorn}

Servings: 18
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (104g) popcorn kernels*
  • 1 (12 oz) bag Vanilla Candy Melts (such as Wilton Candy Melts)
  • 1 1/2 cups (75g) broken pretzel pieces or baby pretzels
  • 1 (10 oz) bag** green and red Milk Chocolate or Mint M&Ms
  • Christmas sprinkles

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 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

  • *1/2 cup kernels should yield about 16 - 17 cups popped popcorn. If you don't have an electric popcorn popper you can use the brown paper bag and microwave popcorn method. It's also been said that 2 bags tender white popcorn works well here.
  • **Previously recipe listed using a 12 oz. bag of M&M's but bag size has shrunk over the years (don't you love that?), so a 10 oz bag will work or you can use 2 extra ounces from another bag.
  • ***If you'd like M&M's and pretzels to show through more and not be covered entirely by chocolate you can set aside 1/4 of each then sprinkle over the popcorn mixture when you add the sprinkles, this is totally optional.
  • 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.
  • Recipe Source: Adapted from Bake at 350