A friend gave us a package of this delightful treat just before Christmas, and everyone in my house loved it. Christmas is over, and I did mean to share this before the holiday because it is so delicious, but we got sick and…I didn’t. So I changed things up a little bit and came up with what I call Cupid’s Crunch (and you’ll find many variations on Pinterest or via Google search, I have) which is so easy to do and SO yummy!
Cupid’s Crunch Recipe
What you need:
2 bags microwave popcorn or 1/2- 2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped
12 oz bag Wilton candy melts (I did the pink for this recipe)
2 cups pretzels- broken into pieces
1 – 11/2 cups M&Ms
Sprinkles, Nonpareils, Holiday shaped candies for decoration
How to make it
Pop popcorn, set aside. Be sure to pick any unpopped kernels out– they aren’t fun to bite into when you don’t expect them!
Melt the candy melts at 30 second intervals in the microwave if you want this done quickly. Otherwise, you can always do a double boiler method (it’ll take longer), stirring frequently.
Toss broken pretzels and M&Ms into the bowl with popcorn. Then pour 1/2 the melted candy over the top and combine with a rubber spatula. (I actually found that using 2 rubber spatulas worked a lot better for me and I didn’t get covered in Cupid’s Crunch mess!)
Spread mixture out on a sheet of wax paper- drizzle remaining melted candy over the top.
Sprinkle the nonpareils, candy bits or sprinkles (I call them shots)
After the chocolate dries/firms up again, break into bits and either store in an airtight container (for about a week) or package it up into treat bags to share with friends, classmates and neighbors! If you try to do it before the chocolate is ready, you’re going to have a big mess on your hands. Of course, you can always lick your fingers. But really, it’s better to wait. I promise.
The fun part of this recipe? Thanks to the candy makers all finding holidays fun for products, you can make this mix for every holiday and for no reason at all! Next Christmas we may get those holiday shaped pretzels and leave them whole, for a fully themed crunch.
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!
I have spent hours online trying to find the original source for this recipe. I can’t find it. I’ve modified it, and I’m sure you will too!
Amy H says
Oh, I’ll have to make some of this for my daughters Valentine party.
This is a beautiful Valentine’s day recipe! I love the color, sure it tastes good too!
This recipe looks lovely! I love the colors too! I’ll definitely make this soon!
Salty & sweet is my favorite combo! My little bakers will love helping to make these yummy valentines treats!
Michelle Cantu says
What a fun Valentine’s treat. We homeschool and I just love having a fun snack my kids can help me make.
Terri Steffes says
This Cupid’s Crunch looks so good. It is way different from the Cupid’s Crunch on my site! I love the pink and white, so Valentine sweet!
This is so cute. For the past couple of Valentine’s Day’s I haven’t really done anything for the kids so I may have to surprise them with this.
That looks like the perfect snack to munch on while you and your hubs are watching a movie together at home on V-day.. Going to save your recipe. Thank you!
Ruth I says
I am super thrilled seeing this. The color looks super dreamy and sure it’s yummy. I am very exited trying this with a bunch of friends!
Amber Myers says
Yum, what a great treat! I know my kids would love it. Same with me. I’d even make it even if it weren’t Valentine’s Day.
Looking forward to giving this recipe a try. I know my kiddos are going to love making this.
Marcie W. says
How fun and festive! This would make a great Valentine’s Day treat for my kids to share with their friends. Yum!
This looks like a great snack for Valentine’s Day! I might have to make it this year for myself!
Mitch Chaitin says
What a great idea! This is perfect for valentine’s Day. And a great project to get the kids involved, because their reward at the end is some fun eating!
That is such a fun idea! I think I will be making these for my kiddo’s Valentines party!
Melissa Chapman says
This mix looks perfect for any party or holiday. I love all the ingredients so i know I will love the crunchy pink Valentine;s Cupid’s Crunch.
I was really excited to try this for my anniversary, but almost immediately after having the chocolate harden the popcorn tasted stale. Is there a way to prevent the stale taste of the popcorn?
Hmm. Perhaps if you just use very little chocolate more like a drizzle? I haven’t made it in a while but now i want to to see if it tastes stale!
Mother of 3 says
Sounds yummy and easy to make. This would be a fun recipe to do with my boys.
This would make such a great treat for a Valentine’s party! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday last week!
This looks great for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing.
I have been on the lookout for a sweet treat for my sons valentines party! Think I might have found it. Pinned! I am stopping by from ducks in a row blog hop!
Anne - Unique Gifter says
I love the colour that this makes, it’s so cute. I bet it would work with a nice light yellow for Easter, too, or for a baby shower.
Did you use buttered popcorn?
Nicky- No, we always try to use white. The plainer the better 🙂
i love this. my sister made me a tin can for christmas
I love the way this looks…and crunch mixes are the best! I featured you on my blog today if you want to check it out 🙂
I’m on my way!
Sandra Beeman says
I think this Cupid’s Crunch Recipe is a grand idea for a unique valentine treat this year.
So funny – I just was surfing Pinterest, adding things here and there and saw this – I laughed when I clicked the picture only to be taken to your site 😀 So fun!!!
just finished a batch and can’t wait for it to cool, looks yummy. I added 1 c of flaked coconut. during the holidays I made something like this using chex, cherrios, pretzles, m&m’s and chocolate. I have another to try (because I love peanut butter) gram crackers, marshmallows, m&m’s (don’t think mini chocolate chips would hold up to the melted chocolate) and use peanut butter chocolate to hold it all together. thanx
Oh, coconut would be really fun. Especially at Easter!
Crystal C says
How festive. I have to make this with the kids.
Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen says
Oh yum! What a great treat for Vday (or any day for that matter).
joanne gentry says
I am so happy I happened upon your blog, this is an awesome idea. I usually send my daughters and my grandchildren a home made treat for Valentine’s Day, and this will be the recipe I use this year!!! Thank you!
Love this recipe/mix! Also, for allergy free be careful of the melting chocolate…..most of the time this too is processed on the same equipment as nuts and other foods. There are certain kinds that are made that are super safe. Just got to check labels and sometimes make a call…..
Agree- you can’t be too careful. The Wilton ones I have here- I just checked- they are all “safe” that I have. You can’t be too careful though!
Just an FYI on the allergens: WIlton processing is not allergy safe. I have found other alternatives for Wilton sprinkles. LAtely, Target has sprinkles in their $1 spot that are labeled for allergens, ie: safe for peanut and tree nut. Planning on trying this for my grandkids…
Jayne- Interesting. I will note that next time. My friend’s kids have nut allergies but apparently are life threatening- they eat wilton sprinkles even (I bought a TON Of those safe Target sprinkles- and keep doing so when I find them!!)
I have not been able to find any soy free candy melts 😔
Oh that stinks! I will try to look too
I did similar for Christmas – even used the Captain Crunch Christmas Cereal & the Christmas pretzels (just the right size) Grands loved them.
Oh! What a fun idea!! Do you know, Christmas Captain Crunch is the only “sugar” cereal my mom would buy us as kids- and only 2 boxes in December? I bet the kids loved them
Grace Hodgin says
How cute and what a great idea.
Thanks – These looks yummy and fun!
Brittany Utley says
I’m so going to have to try this!! Thanks for Sharing!
I love the combo of sweet & salty, can’t wait for Valentine’s Day
Looks great!! Just a tip to make it safe for allergies, check your sprinkles!! A lot of sprinkles are made on equipment that processes nuts as well! I’m a teacher and have a nephew with an allergy and this came up last year in my class!!
Oh yes. I always read, reread and email parents to make sure
Hoe many servings does this make? I was planning to fill sandwich bags. Trying to plan how much would feed 30.
Lisa I’d do a double batch for 30 people. You can easily fill 15 bags but I’m not sure you can get 30 from one!
Becky Davis says
yum. this looks good and easy to make. thank you for sharing. going to try this for sure.
Looks good and easy to make. Would love to try it 🙂
I don’t do “hard” stuff. I’m not able to! LOL
Dawn @ DJ's Sugar Shack says
Oh a perfect treat. I love anything that is sweet and salty. Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday. Hope to see you again next week!
Bill Elliott says
These looks very good and easy to make. These would be fun to make with my Grandchildren for Valentines Day. Thank you for the recipe
Kate F. says
Those look good! I like how festive they are for Valentine’s Day.
This looks like fun! will defiantly give this a try, V-day is just right around the corner 😉 Great Post!
Jo-Ann Brightman says
Thank you for the 2 rubber spatulas tip. I love changing the color for the different holidays.
Kathy Smith says
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make for family. Thanks for sharing recipe.
Those look yummy! I like it’s snackin’ size.
Chrystal D says
YUM! That looks good, I love snacking on things like this!
Kelley S says
This looks great and the variations for the holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are endless!
Jennifer The Quirky Momma says
OOOH! I love this! Anything pink catches my eye immediately. I think this will be our Valentine’s Day snack! Thanks for sharing such a cute recipe and idea!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
This sounds fun and delicious I will have to make some.
Looks good. The pink candy makes it festive.