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Christmas Crunch

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This sweet and salty Christmas crunch is such an addictive snack mix that would make a great gift or a great snack! 
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Table of Contents
  1. CHRISTMAS CRUNCH INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS CRUNCH RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This bright, colorful, and fun Christmas crunch is a great holiday treat! Popcorn is layered with sprinkles, candy, and pretzels with the perfect balance of sweet and salty for a tasty snack or to give as delicious gifts.

Looking for more yummy food ideas to get you into the holiday spirit? Try these Christmas pretzel hugs and this Christmas fudge

CHRISTMAS CRUNCH INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 2 bags of popcorn made according to package directions (about 10 cups) 
  • Mini M&M’s candy (red & green) 
  • Peanut M&M’s candy (red & green)
  • Red and green sprinkles
  • 1 cup of pretzels, broken in half
  • ¾ cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 6 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MIX-INS: You can add other ingredients to this sweet and salty snack mix including white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips or peanuts

M&M’s: If you can’t find the holiday M&M candy, any color will work in these Christmas treats.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS CRUNCH RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This salty and sweet snack mix is easy to double and keeps well. Whip up a big batch for snacking or sharing throughout the Christmas season.

STEP ONE: Line an 11 x 17 baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP TWO: Pop popcorn per package instructions on the popcorn bag.

PRO TIP:

You can also make air-popped popcorn if you prefer.

STEP THREE: Spread popped popcorn over the parchment paper and set it aside.

STEP FOUR: In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add the mini marshmallows and white candy melts to the butter mixture. Stir until melted and no lumps remain. Remove from heat.

STEP FIVE: Pour ¾ of the butter mixture over the popcorn. Toss to coat.

STEP SIX: Pour the remaining butter mixture over the popcorn and sprinkle the mini M&M’s candy, peanut M&M’s candy, red and green sprinkles, and the broken pretzels over the butter mixture.

STEP SEVEN: Let the popcorn mixture cool completely before serving in a large bowl.

HOW TO SERVE

Get in the festive spirit by serving this Christmas crunch snack mix at holiday parties or giving it in cellophane bags tied with a fancy gift tag as an irresistible edible gift. Santa will be happy to find it too when he comes to make Christmas deliveries! Don’t forget to whip up a batch of our crockpot peppermint hot chocolate to wash it down.

STORAGE

If you happen to have leftovers of this tasty treat, store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat again. You’ll want to keep it in a cool place so that the candies don’t melt. 

This crunchy, addicting Christmas crunch popcorn snack mix combines the best sweet and salty flavors into an irresistible treat that you’ll crave. Quick and easy to make with a handful of simple ingredients, you’ll think the texture is amazing and the decadent flavor is perfect for the holiday season! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store this Christmas crunch mix?

This easy recipe can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I use air-popped popcorn instead of microwave popcorn?

If you prefer using air-popped popcorn, you can certainly substitute it for microwave popcorn.

Can I add other ingredients to this treat?

You can be creative as to what you mix into your Christmas crunch. It’s a very flexible recipe and has plenty of room for extras.

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Christmas Crunch

5 from 3 votes
This sweet and salty Christmas crunch is such an addictive snack mix that would make a great gift or a great snack! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bags popcorn made per package directions (about 10 cups)
  • mini M&M’s candy (red and green)
  • peanut M&M’s candy (red and green)
  • red and green sprinkles
  • 1 cup pretzels broken in half
  • ¾ cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Line an 11 x 17 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pop the popcorn bags per package instructions.
  • Spread popped popcorn over the parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt butter. Add mini marshmallows and white chocolate to butter mixture. Stir until melted and no lumps remain. Remove from heat.
  • Pour ¾ of the butter mixture over the popcorn. Toss to coat.
  • Pour the remaining butter mixture over the popcorn and sprinkle the mini M&M’s candy, peanut M&M’s candy, sprinkles, and the broken pretzels over the butter mixture.
  • Let cool completely before serving.

Notes

TIP: This salty and sweet snack mix is easy to double and keeps well. Whip up a big batch for snacking or sharing throughout the Christmas season.
TIP: You can also make air-popped popcorn if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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