Patriotic Popcorn Crunch Recipe

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I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day weekend this week!  Summer is HERE, and it’s time for parades, picnics and…popcorn!!  It’ll be Fourth of July before we blink an eye.  I couldn’t let a festive and fun holiday celebrating America go by without trying to make a fun and festive recipe that’s easy to make and just about everyone loves….and without further ado…

fourth of july popcorn crunch memorial dayThis is super simple.

What you need to make Patriotic Popcorn Crunch:

2 bags white popcorn, popped (or just use kernels)

1 bag Wilton candy melts (I used the Brilliant Brights, because it was a white color with red and blue flecks of color- perfect for Patriotic themed stuff!)

Patriotic colored/themed Sprinkles/shots/jimmies

2 cups pretzels, broken into pieces

Red, white and blue M&Ms. (You’ll note the lack of white M&Ms in my photo- I can’t find the patriotic ones around here and for about 4 seconds today, I thought I might drive 40 minutes and buy them at $15/pound. I then came to my senses and picked blue and red out of a normal bag…you can do what you like, of course.  You want about 1 cup of the M&Ms.

Parchment paper

What you DO:

Pop that popcorn.  make sure you take a few  minutes to go through and get all unpopped kernels from the bowl.  That’s not fun to bite into .

Break up pretzel pieces, mix in with popcorn.

Melt candy melts slowly in a double boiler (or at 30 second intervals in microwave- it’s never taken me longer than 90 seconds in my microwave), stirring every 30 seconds

Pour melted candies over popcorn and mix to coat.  (I use two large rubber spatulas to evenly coat.

Spread mixture out on parchment paper and sprinkle M&Ms and your festive sprinkles on top (I call them shots, but my friend Kathy tells me I’m crazy)– Toss a bit more to coat and let dry

Once the candy is dried and not sticky, put your Patriotic Popcorn Crunch into an airtight container- it’ll store well for up to 3-4 days.  The whole process is maybe 25 minutes.  Very kid friendly.

You could, of course, just set a bowl out and enjoy.  I mean, if you wanted to.  Or whatever.  If you want to see how this recipe looks for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or Easter, head over and check things out!

Want to make this a NUT FREE recipe? Use the Vermont Nut-Free Chocolate’s “Skippers” as an M&M alternative. Be sure your pretzels are nut-free as well, and voila! Nut free treat!

 

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  • Well that’s just clever!

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  • What a good idea. It sounds simple and looks good too.

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  • I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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    • Thanks for popping by Jenny!!

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  • Soooo beautiful and easy to make – love it! Will try it! <3

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  • Fun! Perfect for the 4th of July!

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  • I love this idea. Thanks. I love sweet and salty together.

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  • Love popcorn, this would be a great snack for holidays

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  • Fun idea for holiday

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  • The recipe looks really delicious and very healthy. ItS a must make for me now :)

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  • This is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Going to make this on the 4th of july

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  • Cute! This looks like a fun picnic snack.

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  • Totally awesome definitely doing this for the fourth

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  • You said it! My daughter loves to help out. She’d love to help make this and she loves eating popcorn this would be perfect. Thanks!

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  • Ahhh, candy melts probably hold up much better than white chocolate if you plan to snack on this for a few days. Good idea!

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  • I think if I leave out the pretzels my family can eat this. It reminds me of puppy chow, this yummy combo my friend used to make me!

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  • Very cool! I will have to leave out the blue for Canada Day, though:)

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  • I am from Canada but this looks good and the colors make it look so eye appealing.

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  • This sounds awesome. I will give it a try, thanks for the Recipe, it will be perfect for when I get a snack late at Night.

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  • This will be perfect for 4th of July celebrations! And easy to pack for picnic lunches.

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  • Saved! Definitely making this on the 4th. Thank you :)

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  • This looks so fun! Love how patriotic!!

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  • We are SO doing this for the 4th of July. Off to pin it now so I won’t forget! Glad to have found you on Sverve!

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  • So cute! I added it to my Red/White and Blue Pinterest board! I’m looking forward to meeting you at the ZipList party at BlogHerFood next week!

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    • Thanks Lori! Can’t wait to meet you !!

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  • Sounds yummy!

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  • So cute! I never think of stuff like this for Memorial Day but I’ll use it for the Fourth. I bet I can make a peanut-allergy-friendly version. :)

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    • Very easily. There’s even a Vermont store that makes nut-free M&M like candies (I believe it’s linked in the post

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  • This is such a great idea and so easy! I love it!

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  • love your holiday recipes…i think i will be bringing this one to a bbq! the kids will love it :)

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  • Patriotic popcorn right in time for the 4th of July weekend! I like the look of it a lot!

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  • Looks Delicioussssss!!! :D

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  • oh my so yummy looking!!!

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