Christmas Crunch Popcorn

It all started with a trip to the Container Store. Who doesn't love that place?? We almost were going to do a wedding registry there, but there aren't that many locations, and we didn't think we should register at more than 2 places. ;) While perusing, I found some adorable candy cane striped take out boxes, perfect for a Christmas treat. And I just had to buy them. So then I had to decide what to make to put in them, and I enlisted the help of Pinterest (of course). Thanks to Cooking Classy with a Sprinkle of Fancy, I discovered the easiest, most festive, and delicious popcorn recipe! Here it is for your own cooking pleasure:

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 2 (12 oz) bags Vanilla Candy Melts (such as Wilton Candy Melts)
  • 2-2/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 (12 oz) bag green and red, milk M&Ms
  • Red, green and white Sprinkles

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 (not too much because they will sink right to the bottom of the bowl!).
  • 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 won't 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.

I was able to fill 20 Container Store boxes with this recipe.

To finish off this holiday edition of delight, here's some Christmas cheer for you from me and my fiancé. Hope you have a lovely Christmas season filled with joy and laughter in the simple joys of life! :)