Friday, December 21, 2012

Yummy Christmas Treat


Christmas Crunch {Funfetti Popcorn Christmas Style}


Easy and festive Christmas treat? Where? I'm definitely in! I posted this delicious treat back during Easter time and it was called Bunny Bait. In the post I'd mentioned a few other holiday ideas you could do with the same recipe and here's one of them. This is one of the best treats ever! I'm so glad Bake at 350 came up with such a simple and delicious idea (such a great blog by the way be sure to check it out). It seriously only takes about 5 minutes to whip up this treat, so wouldn't it be a perfect gift to give during the hectic holidays? I say it's the perfect "energy" snack for me during the holidays =). It definitely keeps me going! Just a warning, this stuff is addictive so yes it's a dangerous thing. Easy to make but hard to stop eating. I want to make it every day. It's such a versatile snack that has such a delightful crunch. 
Add as many sprinkles as your heart desires. Mine wanted a lot today =). I love sprinkles. Aren't they just fancy? Also, if you'd like you can switch up the candy melt flavor with a mint or peppermint flavor. Enjoy!

Christmas Crunch

Ingredients:
1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
1 (12 oz) bag Vanilla Candy Melts (such as Wilton Candy Melts)
1 1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
1 (12 oz) bag green and red Milk Chocolate or Mint M&Ms
Red, green and white Sprinkles (I used Jingle Mix Nonpareils)

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.  
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 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 (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. 
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.

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

Recipe Source: Adapted from Bake at 350




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