Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Crunch Popcorn



Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

I'm sitting here on a very sunny Christmas Eve. Cold, but sunny. It was snowing this morning, which of course got me really excited. Sadly, the snow has passed and there's really no precipitation in the forecast for the foreseeable future. Oh well. It made my coffee with peppermint mocha creamer feel very festive. What do the hubby and I have on deck for tonight? Not much. I'm making an asian stir-fry for dinner (why not?), and then it'll be time for college football! Oregon State is playing tonight, so I'm guessing we'll be watching the game, munching on this popcorn.

This popcorn has been a huge hit around here. The hubby was very upset that he didn't get more of it. His aunt came around the house looking for more. There was really no consoling people until I told them I would make more. And as popular as this is, you wouldn't believe how easy it is to make. It seriously takes 5 minutes. There's no reason not to try this popcorn. I think this maybe the new go-to holiday popcorn for us- no more popcorn barrels!

I hope everyone is having a very merry day! I'm off to wrap presents for the nieces and nephews now. I may have had all my holiday shopping done weeks ago, but the wrapping- the wrapping suffered from sever procrastination. I'm one of those people who wishes presents would just wrap themselves. Or that I could just put everything in a gift bag :)

Merry Christmas everyone!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup popcorn kernels (or 2 bags of plain popcorn)
1 (12 oz) bag of Christmas M&M's
1 1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
1 package Vanilla Candy Coating
non-pareil sprinkles

Directions:

1. Make popcorn according to package directions. Add to a large mixing bowl.
2. Add M&M's and pretzel pieces to the bowl.
3. Heat candy coating according to package directions. Add half of coating to mixing bowl. Stir to combine using a wooden spoon. Add the rest of the candy coating, stir to coat. Avoid over-stirring, as you don't want the candy coating to start to harden before you add the sprinkles.
4. Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. Divide popcorn between the 2 cookie sheets, make sure popcorn is in a single layer. Coat generously with sprinkles. Allow to harden before eating. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Classy

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