After we all loved the Valentine’s Day Cupid’s Crunch recipe, I figured I should maybe work something out for some St. Patrick’s Day treats. If you want all things green- take a peek at our easy green treat recipes post just for St. Paddy’s! Just like almost everything I make, this popcorn mix recipe is easy to make with super simple ingredients. I will caution you that this is highly addictive. It’s delightful. Sweet, salty, and oh so much fun. When someone greets you with Top of the Morning, reply with “and to you” and hand them a bag of this yummy St. Paddy’s Day popcorn treat to enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day Treats: Leprechaun Popcorn
End of the Rainbow Crunch St. Patrick’s Day Treats
2 bags microwave popcorn or 1/2- 2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped (We really like the Tender White varieties if you are doing microwave)
12 oz bag Wilton candy melts (I did the yellow for this recipe)
2 cups pretzels- broken into pieces
1 – 11/2 cups M&Ms (Get some Skippers if you want nut-free options- these are peanut AND tree nut free, choose dark or milk chocolate!)
Sprinkles, Nonpareils, Holiday shaped candies for decoration (I finally found, after making this for several years, some adorable and allergy free St. Patrick’s Day candies! Obviously not in photos but these are so adorable and we will be trying them next time we make a batch.
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 yellow delicoius 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) (If you want nut-free, go with colored sugar or check Target- I found store brand sprinkles that are NOT processed with nuts!)
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.
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Kimm at Reinvented says
Love the sweet and salty combo!
Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
What a cute idea and it looks so delicious.
my preschool kids would like this tasty snack
This looks like it will be a fun family project/snack! Thanks for sharing!
Jenny N says
I think this is just what I was looking for. The kids will love it.
Ellen Christian says
Yum! I bet the kids would really like this!
Heidi J. Sisco says
Thank you for this recipe. I am going to make this with my daughter, I think she will enjoy making it and enjoy eating it even more.
saminder gumer says
thanks for all the recipes. they all look amazing.
yvonne dewolf says
It looks so good and easy
Michelle S says
That looks nummy!
Karen Hand says
Oh, I’ve got to try out this recipe. It sounds so good and I’m always looking for something sweet to munch on. Thanks.
Amber H says
Looks yummy! I will have to make this for my nephew. He would LOVE it! 🙂
Holly T says
What a cool recipe! I’ve never seen this one before but I know my kids & their friends would go nuts for it! Thanks for sharing!
Sounds delicious, and I would probably eat way too much of this!
This sounds like a yummy treat that I could have my 4 year old daughter help me make. Thanks for such a fun idea that we can do together!
RANDY FULGHAM says
yummy–this looks good enough to eat right now -give me some…..
That looks delicious!!
Trish F says
Looks like a yummy treat. Thanks for sharing
I didn’t realize you had more recipes on here than just this one for St. Patrick’s Day. Yumm
april yedinak says
My kids would love this. Thanks for the recipe!
Caitlan Meador says
This looks delicious! And I LOVE that it has the allergy safe info too. Thank you, you rawk 🙂
Maria Iemma says
What a fun dish – it is time to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day.
Andrew L. says
Mmm, this sounds yummy! I love Kettle Corn too, it’s my fave.
Jane Ritz says
I’ve got to do this. I have an Irish son -in-law. He’ll appreciate it. It sounds yummy too!
Catherine S says
What a fun and festive recipe. I have a soft spot for St Pat’s Day, being Irish!
krista grandstaff says
Yay! I love this idea… especially because my creative green mashed potatoes were such a “hit” (NOT!) last year… I even had green filled twinkies for dessert…lol.. this would def. be more popular!
Oh, fun idea! My littlest 2 won’t eat mashed potatoes. They gag. I’d totally do green ones though if they did!
Karen Stevens says
Catherine McKeever says
This looks really good, can’t wait to try it with my kids, a fun idea for St. Patrick’s Day treats!
This looks like another fun tasty snack for St. Pattys day =)
Jessica Houston says
Oh my this looks really good!!!
Jennifer Hedden says
This treat looks so delicious and easy to make. I have never tasted or used Wilton candy melts so I am looking forward to trying them. I also love anything with m&ms so I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing this fun St. Patrick’s Day treat!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing <3
This is such a cute idea! Love it!
Karen Tecklenburg says
Thanks for sharing.
Kathy Idol says
Looks good & so simple to make. Thanks for sharing!
Dandi D says
This looks so yummy! Too bad I’m trying to stay away from sweets!
looks really good, can’t wait to try it
Nicole Klein says
this is amazing
Jen K Ming says
Oh this looks so yummy! got to try this one!! 🙂
Chelsea Clark says
YUM! Just the kind of thing I would LOVE.
That looks very irresistible! I probably couldn’t stop at just one handful. And I love how Wilton candy melts come in so many different colors!
laurie damrose says
Looks easy to make and I love that its Allergy free!
sam dock says
Yum, this looks good, and simple. Something the kiddos could help make 🙂
That looks and sounds good.