Santa-approved and utterly scrumptious – my Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn is here to sleigh your holiday snacking game. Sweet, salty, and downright delightful, this quick and easy holiday popcorn recipe is the perfect treat for your holiday festivities.
If you’re looking for a fun and festive Christmas treat that’s quick and easy to make, then look no further than this Christmas Popcorn recipe! This merry and munchable snack is the perfect blend of salty, sweet, and crunchy, guaranteed to spread joy at every Christmas party or holiday gathering.
Salty popcorn coated with sweet marshmallows and sprinkled with M&M candies and holiday sprinkles creates an irresistible snack mix that even Santa will love.
So if you are ready for one of the merriest kitchen adventures of the season, then grab your apron, unleash your holiday spirit, and let’s get ready to create a snack that’ll bring joy to every munch!
Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn – An Easy Christmas Treat!
This Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn is everything you could ever want in a sweet treat and more. Crunchy salty popcorn covered in sweet melted marshmallows then generously sprinkled with festive sprinkles creates an irresistible snack mix that even Santa will love!
This perfect holiday snack is a breeze to make, which with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s nice to have a tasty treat that comes together in a snap!
It’s also perfect for a cozy Christmas movie night, festive holiday parties, and even gifting! Put some out for a unique snack for Santa instead of the typical Christmas cookies and milk.
How to Make Christmas Popcorn
Time to transform your kitchen into a festive flavor factory and whip up your own batch of Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn!
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Kitchen Tools You May Need
Get ready to sprinkle some holiday magic in the kitchen with these festive tools:
Christmas Popcorn Recipe Ingredients
To whip up this festive holiday snack, all you will need are the five simple ingredients listed below. Find the complete recipe including quantities and instructions listed in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
Popcorn: salted, but not buttered. The foundation of this festive easy treat.
Mini marshmallows: once melted they bind the ingredients together, ensuring every bite is a heavenly delight
Butter: a key ingredient in our melted marshmallow magic, adding a layer of indulgence that transforms this popcorn into a tasty treat worth savoring.
Christmas M&Ms: this green and red M&M mix infuses our Christmas Popcorn with vibrant hues and delicious chocolatey goodness.
Christmas Popcorn Recipe Instructions
Crafting this irresistible Christmas popcorn snack mix with a sweet marshmallow coating takes less than 15 minutes! The lengthiest step is the melting of marshmallows and butter.
Step One: Prepping
Cover your baking sheet with a Silpat mat, parchment paper, or foil, to make the cleanup of our Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn masterpiece a lot easier!
Step Two: Popcorn Time
If you opted to make popcorn from scratch, it’s time to pop, pop, pop! Then add the freshly popped (or already-popped) popcorn to a large bowl. Be sure you remove all those sneaky and annoying unpopped kernels (see tips below).
Then sprinkle the popcorn liberally with salt.
Step Three: Make the Marshmallow Magic
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Then slowly mix in the mini marshmallows, stirring until they transform into ooey-gooey goodness.
Step Four: Combine the Popcorn and Melted Marshmallows
Pour about ¾ of the melted marshmallow deliciousness over the popcorn, gently folding the popcorn with a spatula or spoon until most of the kernels are covered in the sweet and sticky mixture. Place the remaining ¼ marshmallow magic aside for a moment.
Step Five: Spread
Using a spatula, gently spread the marshmallow-popcorn fusion onto the prepared baking sheet, creating an even layer.
Step Six: Drizzle Remaining Marshmallow
Now drizzle the remaining melted marshmallow evenly over the layer of popcorn.
Step Seven: Add Candies and Sprinkles
Sprinkle the chocolate candies evenly over the popcorn. Then immediately follow with all of the sprinkles.
Step Eight: Cool
Allow this candied popcorn masterpiece to cool. Then, once it has cooled and the marshmallow has set, break it apart into individual servings.
Voila – a festive treat ready to steal the holiday spotlight and your tastebuds!
Doesn’t this marshmallow-coated delight just scream holiday happiness? 🎄
Tips for Making and Storing Christmas Popcorn
Here are some handy tips on making and storing this Christmas Popcorn. If you have any questions I haven’t answered, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
- Want to save even more time making this holiday popcorn? Use a bag of already-popped popcorn!
- While this recipe calls for adding all the melted marshmallows to the mixture, how much you add is up to you.
- To make it easier to mix the popcorn and melted marshmallow, first, add a little butter or cooking spray to your spatula.
- Re-butter the spatula before using it to spread the marshmallow-coated popcorn onto the baking sheet.
How Do I Remove Unpopped Kernels?
A simple way to remove those pesky un-popped kernels of popcorn is to place a cooling rack over the bowl of freshly popped popcorn, then invert and shake. All of the unpopped kernels will fall through the holes, leaving a bowl full of fluffy popcorn!
How to Store Christmas Popcorn
This Christmas Popcorn recipe is so good it’s hard to imagine that there will be any leftovers. However, this recipe does make a lot. Luckily you can keep it for a few days by storing it in an airtight container at room temperature.
Just note, that the longer the popcorn is kept, the chewier it will become as it absorbs some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture. However, it still tastes great!
Sweet Holiday Gift Idea
Candy Claus Christmas Popcorn makes a perfect Christmas or holiday gift! If you’re planning to give Christmas Popcorn as a gift, make sure you put it in an airtight container that can be resealed. Some cute ideas would be to put it in holiday popcorn tins or reusable popcorn bowls covered tightly with plastic wrap and a ribbon.
Be sure to include a little note about how to store it.
Add a twist to your creation by incorporating some of these festive variations:
- Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
- Add a dash of peppermint extract to the melted marshmallow for that extra Christmassy kick.
- Drizzle with Christmas-colored vanilla candy melts (or Hanukkah-colored candy melts) for an extra dash of color.
- Use your own favorite holiday-themed sprinkles.
- Drizzle with melted Andes Chocolates.
- Change the colors of the candy and sprinkles to blue and white for Hanukkah.
More Easy Holiday Treats for Christmas
If you liked this easy holiday treat recipe, then you will love these other sweet treats for the holiday season. These Christmas treats are quick and easy to make and can easily be altered to fit Hanukkah or any other celebration at any time of the year!
I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe as much as I enjoyed making it!
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Christmas Popcorn Printable Recipe
Here are the complete recipe ingredients and instructions in a handy printable format! Enjoy!
- 10 cups popcorn, popped
- 3 tbsp butter, salted
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup M&M Candies, red and green
- 3 tbsp Christmas Confetti Sprinkles
- 3 tbsp Candy Cane Sprinkles
- 3 tbsp Christmas Tree Sprinkles
- Pop 10 cups of popcorn, salt liberally, and place in a large bowl.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan.
- Once the butter is melted, add in 3 cups of mini marshmallows stirring until they are completely melted. Be sure to turn off the heat as soon as the last marshmallow has melted.
- Slowly pour around ¾ of the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn in the bowl and gently fold it into the popcorn with a spatula or spoon until most of the popcorn is covered.
- Pour the marshmallow popcorn onto a prepared cookie sheet, spreading it into a single layer with the spatula.
- Drizzle the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn.
- Quickly sprinkle the candy and sprinkles over the popcorn while the marshmallow coating is still warm.
- Allow the popcorn to cool before breaking into pieces and serving.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.