There are so many yummy looking and sounding holiday treats all around the blogs and on Pinterest, aren’t there? I feel like I’m packing on the Christmas pounds already just LOOKING at all the wonderful cookies, candy, cakes and zillions of other homemade goodies! There are lots of delicious popcorn treats and I’m adding my version! I call this my Chocolate Covered “Merry Mix!” This makes a great gift for friends, neighbors, co-workers – or a sweet treat to have on hand for the holidays. How about packing up small bags for favors for your Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner?
Here are the ingredients I used – add or subtract anything that sounds good to you!
- Freshly popped corn (I used one cup of unpopped kernels and used the old-fashioned, pot-on-the-stove method; you can use microwave if you’d like!)
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 and 1/2 bags Kraft Peppermint mini marshmallows
- 1 container Zachary’s Holiday Candy Corn
- 2 bags of peanut butter M&M’s
- 3 cups of Craisins
- 1 16 ounce can of cashews (you can use any nut or omit if nut allergies are a concern!)
- 2 packages of chocolate CandiQuik
Pop the popcorn (I made 3 batches.) Transfer the popcorn to large mixing bowls. I used two very large cake pans! Butter and lightly salt the popcorn and mix.
Add the mini marshmallows, candy corn, M&M’s, craisins and cashews. It looks bright and colorful – but next we’re adding chocolate!
If you have never used CandiQuik, you’ll love it! (It’s available at Target.) The candy comes in squares in a microwave-safe tray.
It melts smoothly and easily in the microwave right in the tray! It retains its shape as it melts. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for one minute. Remove and stir. If the chocolate is not completely melted and smooth, reheat at 15 second intervals. In my microwave, I had to go 1 minute and 15 seconds. Melt one tray at a time!
Take the melted and well-stirred chocolate and drizzle over the popcorn mix. Toss and stir. Keep drizzling and stirring until everything is coated with as much chocolate as you would like! Let the mix cool and set before packaging – it doesn’t take very long. Of course, it’s totally okay to taste some right away! <smiles>
I found these nice jars with vacuum sealed, attached lids, really more like a glass canister, at one of my go-to stores, HomeGoods. Remember our wreath package toppers? I mentioned that I had something specific in mind for them! I tied them to the metal clasp on the jars so the wreath hangs on the front. I found these great packages of paper flowers (with a little bling, of course!) at Michael’s and glued a few on the top of the jar. I think the wreath and flowers make the presentation very festive! The addition of the wreath ornament adds a little extra gift. Of course, your recipient will love it because it’s made with love by YOU!
Looking for some Christmas dessert inspiration? Aupair.org has put together a list of 30 holiday desserts from lots of great blogs! From chocolate to fruit to concerns about allergies, there’s sure to be a dessert YOU might want to try on this list! Read 30 Blogs with Winning Christmas Desserts for holiday dessert ideas from around the world. I’ve also been sharing links to some of my favorite cookie bloggers this week on our Facebook page, so be sure to check that out, too!
I would be so happy if you can schedule a bit of time in your day tomorrow to visit all of the bloggers who will be participating in the Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook. Thank you for visiting today!