I love popcorn and chocolate, and enjoy combining them together into munch mix recipes whenever I have an excuse. I was organizing my baking “accessories” cabinet the other day, trying to find a more efficient way to store the sprinkles, frostings, and other accouterments. When I had everything pulled out, I realized I had some green candy melts and thought Bubbles and I could make a fun Leprechaun Munch Mix.
The best thing about a munch mix is you can customize it with whatever you have on hand. Since this was for St. Patrick’s Day, I used some of the mini chocolate candies I had. They’re a full rainbow of colors, which is great when you’re trying to find your pot of gold!
Leprechaun Munch Mix
1 bag green candy melts
Green & white sprinkles
1/2 cup mini chocolate candies
White popping corn, popped
Pop your popping corn according to the package instructions. It really doesn’t matter if you use microwave or air-popped popcorn; I’ve used both. Generally, though, I use air-poppped. This time I used the Jolly Time white popcorn kernels (they’re gluten free!) I had on hand. Jolly Time was nice enough to send us a package of their popcorn along with a cute snowman DVD a few weeks ago. Between popping it for recipes and popping it to eat, our house has been a popcorn palace lately!
After you pop the corn, allow it to cool; while it does, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Shake it out slowly into a large bowl; you want to try and avoid any unpopped kernels from getting into the mix. Melt the candy melts according to the package directions and pour over the popcorn immediately. Use a spatula to mix until everything is evenly coated.
Spread popcorn evenly over the lined baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle on the chocolate candies, then shake on some sprinkles. Let set for a few hours (or overnight) until the chocolate is set.
I packed some of mine into mason jars. Then I can put on the lid, wrap some green ribbon around it, and give them out in place of pinches on St. Patrick’s Day!