For at least a couple of years I’ve been seeing one version or another of this stuff floating around. Some for Valentines, some for Christmas… add Candy Corn for the Fall…. it’s very versatile.
Everywhere I saw a version of it, someone was saying how addictive it was… Amy’s post from a couple of years ago is the one I remember specifically. Then just a couple of weeks ago I was reminded of it when I saw this Pot ‘o Gold Popcorn at Bake at 350 (not really the same thing, but it made me remember!).
So after having it filed away in my mental to-do list forever, and knowing how much I love the combo of salty and sweet (remember chocolate and cheese?), I decided I’d finally make it and share it here on Rose Bakes!
Actually, I made it twice. I made the first batch last night and well… it didn’t last until morning for me to take pictures.
So today, we made a second batch. That’s what having this bunch of kids will do to a snack like that…
…it’s gone lightning fast! But aren’t they cute? I never get tired of sharing pics of my kiddos!
Anyway, since it’s almost Easter, I decided to call mine Easter Bunny Snack Mix. But again, you could do this any time of year and change up the ingredients based on what you have on hand, what you like (or don’t like) , etc. I’ll share some of my thoughts and variations below!
The best part… it’s super delicious, super easy (my kids had fun helping to make it and eat it!!), ready in less than 20 minutes… and inexpensive! You could buy everything you need for less than $10 and still have snacks leftover!
At the very least, you’re going to need popcorn, white candy melts (or almond bard) and some fun stuff to mix in. I chose pretzels and Easter M&Ms. (By the way, my son Caleb set up and took most of these pics… he’s quite the helper for me and he loves to be in the kitchen working with me!)
Anyway, usually when we snack on popcorn, we use an air popper with butter flavored non-stick cooking spray and salt. But sometimes I buy microwave popcorn for my husband to have at work and sometimes we keep a few bags hanging around the house.
Since I read somewhere that this snack mix is best with the good stuff… the super buttery, salty, microwave version, that’s what I went with.
You’ll want 8-10 cups of popcorn – that was about a bag and half for me.
Then add your mix-ins. I used 1 (heaping) cup of pretzels and 1 cup of Easter M&Ms.
You could also add nuts, Chex cereal, raisins, chocolate chips, candy corn, any other seasonal M&M’s… you get the idea.
Anyway, so pop the popcorn, then melt 8 ounces of white chocolate candy melts or almond bark. For the almond bark pictured up above, that’s four squares. I melt mine in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, then pour it over the mixture…
Then stir it up to coat all the crunchy stuff. PS. Use a bigger bowl than I did. I had a really, really hard time keeping the snack mix in the bowl with it full to the brim!
I might have actually dumped it into a bigger bowl to give it a really good stir
since I was making a big fat mess with this not big enough bowl then put it back in this bowl for pictures. I might have done that… or maybe not (wink!!).
Then spread it onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet and spread it out…
Then pop it in the frig to chill for about 10 minutes or be super patient and let it harden at room temperature (but who has time for that?). Then break it up (you’ll have some big chunks) and enjoy!!
If you’d like to share your Bunny Snack Mix… wrap it up in bags with pretty ribbon. It would be perfect to tuck into an Easter basket, as a classroom snack, Sunday school surprise, work party, etc.!
Did I miss any details? Do you have any questions about this? Please leave them in the comments!
Here’s the printable recipe:
- 8-10 cups of popped popcorn (microwave or homemade)
- 8 ounces of white candy melts or almond bark
- Optional mix-ins (about 2 cups of any of the following):
- Candy Corn
- Chex Cereal
- Chocolate Chips
- Cinnamon Red Hots
- Pop the popcorn and pour into a large bowl.
- Add mix-ins (ie., M&Ms and pretzels).
- Melt white chocolate and pour over the popcorn mix.
- Stir until well coated.
- Dump onto wax paper and spread out.
- Allow to harden.
- Break into pieces.