Patriotic Popcorn Crunch
I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day weekend so soon! 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…This is super simple. Can’t get enough of the red, white and blue recipes? Try these red, white & blue pudding pops, or maybe some Red, White & Blue Cake Batter Dip… or our Fourth of July Red, White & Blue Mocktail… or even patriotic brownies?!
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.
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!
i like it
I just wanted to let you know that I featured your post on my July 4th round up…
Have a great week!
Yum! My kids would love this! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you join us again next week! The door opens Friday EST.
This would be great to have during fireworks.
This is sure to be a family favorite! I’m definitely making it this 4th of July!
@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman says
Well that’s just clever!
What a good idea. It sounds simple and looks good too.
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.
Thanks for popping by Jenny!!
Anna Wang says
Soooo beautiful and easy to make – love it! Will try it! <3
Fun! Perfect for the 4th of July!
Theresa Wilson says
I love this idea. Thanks. I love sweet and salty together.
Jeff Legg says
Love popcorn, this would be a great snack for holidays
Shirley Carr says
Fun idea for holiday
The recipe looks really delicious and very healthy. ItS a must make for me now 🙂
Kate F. says
This is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.
Karen Pikkaraine says
Going to make this on the 4th of july
Cute! This looks like a fun picnic snack.
Totally awesome definitely doing this for the fourth
Danielle Papsis says
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!
The Duo Dishes says
Ahhh, candy melts probably hold up much better than white chocolate if you plan to snack on this for a few days. Good idea!
Allyson Bossie says
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!
Rebecca Moeller says
Very cool! I will have to leave out the blue for Canada Day, though:)
Doris Calvert says
I am from Canada but this looks good and the colors make it look so eye appealing.
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.
This will be perfect for 4th of July celebrations! And easy to pack for picnic lunches.
Arnold D. says
Saved! Definitely making this on the 4th. Thank you 🙂
Janel C says
This looks so fun! Love how patriotic!!
Sue - The Spin Cycle says
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!
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
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!
Thanks Lori! Can’t wait to meet you !!
Kim @ Two Kids and a Coupon says
Jen Seiderer says
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. 🙂
Very easily. There’s even a Vermont store that makes nut-free M&M like candies (I believe it’s linked in the post
Angela Gilmore says
This is such a great idea and so easy! I love it!
love your holiday recipes…i think i will be bringing this one to a bbq! the kids will love it 🙂
J Timothy Quirk says
Patriotic popcorn right in time for the 4th of July weekend! I like the look of it a lot!
Looks Delicioussssss!!! 😀
oh my so yummy looking!!!