Salty + sweet = perfection, in my book. Add Christmas sprinkles and mint M&M’s… it’s a done deal, folks. This is one of my favorite treats to make. It literally takes minutes, and makes a sweet gift for a friend or teacher, co-worker or neighbor.
Or you can shovel it in by the handful. I’ll never tell.
Peppermint Popcorn Crunch
inspired by this recipe
1 batch stovetop popcorn (or 2 bags microwave popcorn)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 generous pinches kosher salt
1 bag vanilla candy melts*
1/4 tsp peppermint extract (not peppermint oil!)
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 large (11.4-oz) bag Mint M&M’s
Pop the popcorn as directed (we love making ours in an airpop microwave bowl!) Pour popped corn onto a large rimmed cookie sheet. Remove as many un-popped kernels as you can, then pour popcorn into large bowl.
In a glass bowl, melt the candy melts for 1 minute, then for 30-second intervals, stirring between each time until melted. Stir in vegetable oil and peppermint extract. Pour mixture over the popcorn and stir until coated (it’s messy, but I find it works best to dig in with your hands!)
Add the mint M&M’s to taste (I usually use about a bag and a half) and Christmas sprinkles. Toss everything together (again, with your hands!) Spread the mixture out on wax paper and leave it until it’s cool and not melty anymore.
If you’re feeling generous, put a scoop of popcorn in a little bag, tie with a ribbon and bring to a friend. But if you eat the whole batch yourself, I won’t judge. Either way, enjoy!
*If you find and use peppermint candy melts instead of vanilla melts, omit the peppermint extract.
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