This ‘lucky’ candy-coated popcorn mix is an addictive sweet and salty treat for St. Patrick’s Day. Quick and easy to make to snack on and share, adjusting to your taste using with the mix-ins of your choice. Add some gold to the mix, known to attract leprechauns!
Are you feeling lucky? Oh good, because have a sweet and salty treat that’s quick and easy to make, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
This popcorn mix is a favorite ‘go-to’ treat! The sweet and salty combination of popcorn, nuts, pretzels and candy is addictive, making it hard to resist and 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.
I’ve made a festive version of this popcorn party mix to celebrate Football Season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
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 you can adjust the 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 brand for the convenience of the microwave disposable tray, but any brand of candy coating / almond bark will work. You can find almond bark on the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.
Melt the candy coating according to the package directions, then mix with your popcorn in a large bowl, stirring well until evenly coated. Spread the coated popcorn on wax paper or parchment lined baking sheet(s) to set. Add your decorative sprinkles to your popcorn while the coating is still warm and allow it to cool. I used Wilton green and white sprinkles for a little St. Paddy’s Day color.
Once the candy coating is set, (about 15 minutes) break into pieces. Mix in salted nuts, pretzels and candy of choice. I used some green M&M’s and sprinkled in a leprechaun’s stash of edible gold, aka ROLOs, for luck! ☘️
Store in an airtight container until ready to give or serve.
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