Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine's Day Sweet & Salty Popcorn

Its almost that time of year!! Valentine's Day is right around the corner I am scrambling to post a few fun ideas.  Here is a quick and easy recipe for anyone.  Its great for kids and men!  The classic salty and sweet combination here taste great.  How could you go wrong with honey roasted peanuts, 2 types of M&Ms, 2 types of chocolate, and marshmallows all mixed in with popcorn!?  Whats great about this recipe is you can change it up for any holiday or special occasion.  Enjoy!

Sweet & Salty Popcorn - Adapted from
Yield: Lots!
8 Cups Popcorn (I use light butter)
1 Cup Honey Roasted Peanuts
1/2 Cup M&Ms Regular
1/2 Cup M&Ms Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Milk or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup White Chocolate
1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil, divided
1 Teaspoon Salt
Decorating Sprinkles (red coarse sugar, pink nonpareils, or similar)
  1. Spread popcorn on a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Sprinkle peanuts and M&Ms evenly over top. 
  3. Combine chocolate chips with 1/2 tablespoon oil and melt in microwave. With spoon, drizzle evenly over popcorn mixture. 
  4. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Add food coloring and 1/2 tablespoon oil to white chips, melt, and drizzle over popcorn mixture. 
  5. Sprinkle with decorating red sugar and pink nonpareils. After melted drizzles harden, break into pieces and store in airtight container or sealed plastic bags.
  6. Enjoy!!

*Modify food coloring and M&M colors for any occasion: colors of sports teams or schools, green for St. Patrick's Day, red/blue for 4th of July, black/orange for Halloween, red/green for Christmas, etc. Food coloring can be omitted entirely--use plain white melted chocolate and rely on M&Ms and sprinkles to add color to the mix.

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