December is flying by, can you believe Christmas is one week from today? I have an easy, no-bake treat that’s perfect for last-minute gift giving and holiday snacking, Reindeer Corn Snack Mix! You can whip up a batch in about 20 minutes, almost as fast as you can say “On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen . . .”!
I’ve made a version of this candy coated popcorn snack mix for Football Season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Easter, and Valentine’s Day. The sweet and salty combination of popcorn, nuts, pretzels and candy, makes it highly addictive. I always send something to my hubby’s office for Christmas and this popcorn mix was requested and is a crowd-pleaser!
More of a procedure than a recipe, you can vary this mix to your taste, changing the candy, sprinkles and quantities of ingredients. For this merry mix, I used reindeer corn, a holiday version of candy corn in Christmas red and green.
You can use any kind of pretzel to add the ‘salt’ factor in this mix. I found festive Utz Holiday Shaped Pretzels, bell, star and tree-shaped mini pretzels at Target.
This snack mix starts with popcorn and candy coating or almond bark. I use a ratio of 6 cups of popcorn per 16 ounce package of candy coating/ almond bark, but adjust your candy coating-to-popcorn ratio to your taste. Pop your corn using your preferred method, removing any old maids or unpopped kernels and set aside.
I prefer CandiQuik (found on the baking aisle) for the convenience of the blocks of bark and the microwave disposable tray, but any brand of candy coating will work. Melt the candy coating according to the package directions. Mix your melted candy coating with your popcorn in a large bowl, stirring well until coated, then spread the popcorn on wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet(s) to set.
Add some Christmas red and green sprinkles to your popcorn while the coating is still warm, to make it merry and bright. Once your popcorn is set (about 10 minutes), break into pieces. To your popcorn, stir in some salted nuts, pretzels, and candy of choice. I used red and green M&Ms, along with the reindeer corn.
Store your Reindeer Corn Snack Mix in an airtight container until ready to enjoy or for gift giving. The key to keeping the popcorn from becoming stale is to use enough almond bark to provide a hard shell coating. The popcorn mix will stay fresh for a week or longer in a sealed container.
I hope you’re enjoying The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. . .
Reindeer Mugs / Pfaltzgraff Dancing Snowflakes
Reindeer Corn / HomeGoods or online from Jelly Belly, Candy Warehouse
Gift Tin / Hobby Lobby
“On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen”!