Peppermint Popcorn Crunch

Popcorn seems to be the “it” thing to make this year, as I’ve been seeing flavored popcorn recipes pop up all over the internet lately. I love the combination of sweet and salty, and popcorn offers something different from the usual chocolate covered pretzels. This peppermint popcorn is ridiculously easy to make, and it is so delicious! Plus, it looks very festive, and it’s great to give as a gift instead of cookies or candy.

Peppermint Popcorn Crunch
Yields: About 16 cups

2 bags microwave popcorn
1 bag candy cane candy melts
1 large bag M&M’s
10 small candy canes, crushed

Pop the popcorn as directed on the bag. Pour onto a large, rimmed cookie sheet, removing as many kernels as possible.

In a glass bowl, melt the candy melts on 50% power for 1 minute, then for 30 second intervals, stirring between each time until melted.  Pour over the popcorn and toss.

Sprinkle the M&M’s and crushed candy canes over the popcorn. Toss to mix completely. Spread the mixture out on 2 cookie sheets until the candy melts have set.

Store in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted from Bake at 350

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