The holidays are all about get-togethers with friends and family, and if your get-togethers are anything like ours, there are lots of people to feed! This holiday popcorn can be served as an appetizer or dessert, and also makes a perfect hostess gift. We call it Christmas Crack – because once you start eating it you can’t stop! I love this recipe because you can make it in about 10 minutes and it’s so versatile that you can make it any way that your family loves. But beware! It’s very addicting. Make a double batch because it goes quick!
It’s so easy to make. Pop a bag of microwave popcorn and pour it into a large bowl. Add 2 cups each of peanuts (or not), dry rice chex cereal, pretzels, and holiday M&Ms.
Next, prepare a package of vanilla flavored Candiquik (you can find it on the bakery aisle) as directed on the package. Pour the melted candy on top of the popcorn mixture and mix it until it’s fully incorporated. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper.
Melt some chocolate (I like using Ghiradelli Chocolate Melting Wafers), and drizzle it over the top of the popcorn. Sprinkle with some festive holiday sprinkles or colored sugar, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then break it up and enjoy!
The great thing about this holiday popcorn recipe is that it’s versatile. Leave the nuts out or add your favorites. Use Reese’s Pieces instead of M&Ms. Use different cereal. Add in other things that your family loves. The sky’s the limit!
Natalie is a wife, mom of a eight year old son and six year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She blogs at Mommy of a Monster and Twins and also works as a freelance writer and Social Media Manager. You can find her tweeting as @NatalieHoage, on Facebook, and pinning more recipes than she can ever possibly try.
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