Back in May one of my students, Devon S., gave me a bag of white chocolate-covered popcorn for Teacher Appreciation Day. But instead of using regular popcorn, his mom used buttery corn puffs and it was so delicious! Of course while I munched on my treat I thought of ways to use this basic recipe to make other treats and here’s what I came up with. I call it Firecracker Popcorn and it’s a perfect treat for your Independence Day celebration.
A great thing about this recipe is that all you need to do is change the color of the M&Ms and sprinkles to personalize it for any holiday or snacker.
8 cups Puffcorn (or regular popcorn if you wish)
3 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup blue M&Ms (or 1 cup R,W, & B M&Ms)
1/2 cup red M&Ms
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup pretzel pieces
Blue and red sprinkles
Melt white chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave. I couldn’t find my double boiler so I just used a sauce pan willed with a few inches of water and Pyrex bowl. Remember that if you use the microwave to watch it carefully because it’s very easy to burn.
- While the white chocolate is melting, in a large mixing bowl combine Puffcorn, pretzel pieces, and mixed nuts.
- Once the chocolate is smooth and completely melted, drizzle over Puffcorn mixture and toss using two forks. When mixture is thoroughly coated with chocolate, add M&Ms lightly tossing.
- Spread mixture on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with red and blue sprinkles. (It’s a good idea to cover the baking sheet with parchment paper as it will make clean up a breeze.) Allow to set.
- Store in air tight container.
This delicious treat will make a wonderful addition to your Independence Day festivities–you and your guests will love it! To give Firecracker Popcorn as a gift, package in a cellophane bag tied with a festive bow; a patriotic tin; or popcorn box; or air tight container wrapped in a patriotic bow. I got my plastic popcorn boxes in the dollar section of Target–a fun and easy way to serve or give this yummy snack.