12.03.2015

Holiday Crunch Popcorn

This time of year there is no shortage of sweets and treats floating around. I'm never one to shy away from snagging a delightfully decorated sugar cookie, or sending a batch of Scott's favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies to work with him. Truth be told, I generally don't need much of a reason reason to whip up something festive and tasty. However, these days, with a 3.5 year old and an almost 4 month old I don't have a lot of free time to make the elaborate sweets that I used to. Either Marcus is begging to play football, Julia is needing to nurse, and then sprinkle in the million other things that daily life simply requires me to do. I just don't have the time to make anything too fancy these days.
BUT! I can pop a mean batch of popcorn. AND! I can add some sugary sweetness and fun festive colors to it to make an easy, delicious, and oh-so Christmas-y treat.

What You'll Need
1 bag popped popcorn
salt to taste
1/4 cup butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Red and green M&Ms of your choice (I went with a blend of plain and peanut M&Ms, because, variety)
sprinkles - I say, the more the merrier!

How it Comes Together
Pop popcorn according to instructions on the bag.
Once popped, remove all un-popped kernels.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out popcorn into a single layer.
In a pan, on medium heat, melt butter.
Once butter is melted add marshmallows. Continuously stir marshmallows until completely melted. Be careful not to overcook.
Turn off heat and immediately add vanilla and stir until fully incorporated into melted marshmallows.
Pour marshmallow mix over popcorn, and fold over with a spoon, covering popcorn with marshmallow mix.
Add M&Ms and sprinkles to the still warm popcorn/marshmallow mix.
Allow to fully cool and break apart before serving.
Enjoy!

Seriously, so easy and fast! Marcus' favorite may have been the taste testing of the marshmallows before they were melted. He was pretty fond of the final product as well.
This would be perfect for any holiday party or get together. Go ahead and make a batch. I promise it won't disappoint.

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15 comments:

  1. I so want to make this! So festive & it looks delicious!!

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  2. This is on my list to make! So simple and yummy! I need to make it and give it to cousins for Christmas.

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  3. Wesley is OBSESSED with popcorn! I need to make this! Looks simple enough!

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  4. I love making sweet popcorn! We are major popcorn lovers around here. I've done chocolate but have never tried the marshmallows, so I'll need to be doing this ASAP! So yummy and festive.

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  5. Popcorn with melted marshmallows?!?! Yum!!!! I've made a similar treat with white almond bark instead and it's pretty tasty as well! The sprinkles add a nice touch! It would make for cute neighbor/teacher gifts!

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  6. This is like homemade Angie's holidrizzle, you're a genius! Goodness knows how much money I give them for that popcorn goodness. Pinned and ready to make ASAP :)

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  7. Okay, seriously?! Popcorn and marshmallows sounds like the perfect combination to me. I am so going to have to try this soon!! And I love how the m&ms make it festive.

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  8. I seriously love stuff like this! I have never made it on my own but now I REALLY want to!! Pinning!

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  9. This I can do! I love quick and easy and delicious. Oh and anything with marshmallows (that I just so happen to have some of!). Totally pinning this for later.

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  10. So C loves popcorn. I mean LOVES it so much he will put away an entire bad by himself at snack time. But this? This includes chocolate and homeboy loves that too so maybe we will need to give this a try.

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  11. Oh this looks so good! I was just looking at a VERY similar recipe thinking about doing a blog post, but I may like your twist on this even more. I'll have to give this a try we have some HUGE popcorn fans in our house.

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  12. Fun popcorn is my most favorite thing ever. I made marshmallow popcorn for Halloween but it was very messy. Aria didn't want any so I had to just eat it by myself. Rough life. IF you like peppermint try peppermint extract along with vanilla or instead of next time! I'm not sure if you need less or a combo but I did some peppermint popcorn a couple years ago that was very yummy.

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  13. Ooo, yum! I don't eat popcorn too often, but these fun mixes that I see people make look so good! And I hear you on not enough time to make fancy things. Everything these days is how easy and fast the recipe is :)

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