Nancy and I are currently popcorn obsessed. It is our favorite go-to dessert idea right now. There is something about salty popcorn, covered in tasty melted marshmallows with just a dash of chocolate that is extremely yummy and really hits the spot. We jazzed up our Santa Popcorn Crunch with a little something extra – Pretzel M&M’s. Hmm … mmmm … good!
How to Make Santa Crunch Popcorn
You will need:
- 10 cups of Popcorn
- 3 tablespoons of Butter
- 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
- Mini M&M Candies – Red and Green
- Pretzel M&M Candies – Red and Green
- Christmas Confetti Sprinkles
Start with approximately 10 cups of popcorn. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels. You don’t want to bite down on one of those! We pop our popcorn on the stove (you can find our directions on How to Make Perfect Popcorn here) but you can use air-popped or microwave. Once you have the popcorn made, salt it liberally. It is so nice to taste the salty with the sweet marshmallow coating. Not quite like Kettle Corn but close.
To make the Marshmallow Mixture for the Santa Crunch Popcorn, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium sauce pan. Once the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted. Turn off the heat as soon as the last marshmallow has melted.
Spread your popcorn out on a prepared cookie sheet. We used a silpat liner but you could also cover it in aluminium foil or parchment paper. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels. You don’t want to bite down on one of those! Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and then gently fold the popcorn with a spoon until most of the kernels are covered in mixture.
Once the popcorn is covered in marshmallow mixture it is time to add the candy. But don’t wait too long. You want the marshmallow mixture to still be warm and sticky. Sprinkle the candy onto the popcorn, concentrating on the areas with the most drizzled marshmallow mixture. We added red and green Mini M&M’s and red and green Pretzel M&M’s. We also threw in a small handful of mini marshmallows and some Christmas Sprinkles. Allow the popcorn to cool. Break apart into pieces and serve. This popcorn doesn’t keep very well so we suggest that you make it as close to the time you’re going to serve it as possible.
UPDATE (December 3, 2015): We’ve had a lot of questions about how long this popcorn lasts, if it stores well or if you can make it ahead and serve it later. Our family loves this popcorn so it has never lasted longer than a day at our house. But we were curious so we tried a test. We made another batch and stored it on the counter in two different containers – one was an airtight plastic container and the other was a plastic ziplock bag. The popcorn definitely tasted best right after we made it but it actually was fine the next day too. It was a little chewier than the night before because the popcorn had absorbed some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture but it still tasted good. Same thing for day three – we actually didn’t notice any difference in the taste from day 2 to day 3. And it tasted the same after being store in either the plastic container or the ziplock bag. So our advice is … if as all possible you should make the popcorn right before you serve it but it will still taste good if it has been stored for a couple of days.
Our Santa Crunch Popcorn is a fun and delicious Christmas treat. And it is so easy to make. It would be great for a Holiday movie night or as an extra dessert on your Christmas party table!
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