Looking for a fun and simple recipe to serve at a holiday party? Check out this deliciously easy Christmas Popcorn recipe with marshmallows and your choice of candy!
Easy Christmas Popcorn Recipe
My brother used to be in boy scouts and we absolutely loved purchasing those popcorn tins from him. Goodness, it’s been forever since we’ve had one of those tins! But I remember loving almost every flavor we’d ever purchase. I’ve always had a thing for popcorn, but over the years I’ve had some delicious flavors of gourmet popcorn that either my friends or I have made, and I truly love coming up with inventive new ideas for flavors. What can I say, I love popcorn!
Christmas Popcorn Recipe
It doesn’t have to be complicated to look and taste amazing, and this recipe is proof of that! This easy Christmas Popcorn recipe has some classic flavors you will recognize immediately. Consider this to be an almost peanut butter cup flavor, but with marshmallows! The candy you choose to use give it that holiday color! You could easily add green and gold or silver sprinkles to this to add to the festiveness of this Christmas crunch!
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You can absolutely make huge batches of this to create as gifts for others this holiday! You can also make large amounts to serve at a family gather, holiday party, potluck, or more! Bring it to your children’s school parties! Send some to your child’s teacher with a gorgeous wrapped note (I am alllll for treating our hardworking teachers to as many treats as I can possibly bake to thank them).
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Tips to Make Christmas Popcorn for the Holidays
- You can use plain popcorn, either microwave popcorn, stove-popped popcorn, or already popped and sold in the stores. For this recipe, I use the already-buttered movie theater variety because it adds a bit of buttery saltiness to the sweetness of the chocolate, marshmallows, and candy! I love that sweet and salty flavor personally!
- We used traditional mini marshmallows for this recipe (we had ’em on hand) but there are even smaller varieties of mini marshmallows out there called “mini marshmallow bits” that you can opt to use instead! They come in normal variety and in a dehydrated variety (think of the kinds you’ll find in hot cocoa) and these options are tiny enough to use!
- When heating up the chocolate and peanut butter together, you can use a tiny whisk or a fork to help whisk the two ingredients together when microwaving, it helps to get the chocolate chunks out!
- I prefer wax paper for this recipe, but you could easily use parchment paper in a pinch!
What Kind of Candy Should You Use To Make Christmas Popcorn?
- I personally think red and green M&Ms are the best complement to this delicious Christmas popcorn recipe! These holiday M&Ms are printed with holiday images and would look adorable, don’t you think?
- Holiday peanut M&Ms are wonnnnderful tasting with this recipe! Really complements the chocolate and peanut butter combo well!
- Caramel bits would taste AMAZEBALLS!
- Butterscotch chips would also taste incredible!
- Red Hots would add a spiciness to this recipe!
How to Make Christmas Popcorn
To make this ridiculously easy yet tasty Christmas Popcorn recipe for the holidays, you will need the following ingredients:
- Popped popcorn
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter
- Candy of your choosing, see above for recommendations (we used cherry-flavored red jelly beans)
- Mini marshmallows, mini marshmallow bits, or dehydrated marshmallow bits
You will also need the following items on hand:
- Large bowl
- Baking sheet with wax paper (can also use a silicone baking mat here if you wish)
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Rubber spatula
- Small bowls for serving
Pour melted chocolate mixture into your large bowl of popcorn, drizzling every last bit into the bowl.
Use a rubber spatula to gently fold all ingredients together until popcorn is evenly coated.
Once the popcorn is covered in chocolate, pour it onto your lined cookie sheet.
Before you set it aside to set, you can decide whether you want to top with the additional toppings now (while it’s not set) or add it later. If you add it now, it’ll stick to the chocolate/peanut butter. If you add later, it’s like trail mix! Whichever one you choose, allow the popcorn to set for at least 30 minutes.
Once it’s set, serve it in individual bowls! And if you didn’t add your preferred toppings before while the mixture was still wet, preferring to make it more like trail mix, go ahead and add them now! Garnish generously with your chosen types of candy, walnuts, and mini marshmallows. Enjoy this holiday treat!
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What do you think of this flavored popcorn Christmas treat? What sort of holiday treats do you typically like to serve at parties? Do you typically serve a popcorn snack mix like this?
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Easy Christmas Popcorn Recipe
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or use a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Pour popped popcorn into an extra large bowl and set aside.
- Add chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl – microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted.
- Pour melted chocolate mixture in large bowl of popcorn. Use a spatula to gently fold all ingredients together – until popcorn is evenly coated.
- Once the popcorn is covered in chocolate, pour it onto lined cookie sheet.
- Before you set it aside to set, you can decide whether you want to top with the additional toppings now (while it's not set) or add it later. If you add it now, it'll stick to the chocolate/peanut butter. If you add later, it's like trail mix! Whichever one you choose, allow the popcorn to set for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve in individual bowls! And if you didn't add the toppings before, add them now! Garnish generously with jelly beans, walnuts, and mini marshmallows. Enjoy this holiday treat!