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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