Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix

Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix is an easy 5 ingredient popcorn mix that is the perfect Christmas treat! Popcorn, pretzels, and nuts, coated with white chocolate and mixed with M&Ms making the perfect sweet treat for parties or packaged for goody bags with the printable tags!

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Why You’ll Love Santa Munch

We love binging Christmas movies, and while we’re doing that we need snacks!

One of the things I love to binge eat while binging TV is popcorn. I’m pretty sure Santa loves popcorn too, especially when it’s coated in white chocolate, mixed with pretzels, nuts, and M&Ms, and even more so when you package it in cute little bags.

Santa munch popcorn snack mix is a little reminiscent of my Elf Munch recipe, which at some point I need to remake and reshoot and repost. Every year, I see that post pop up in my analytics and cringe a little, hoping that the reader clicks “home” after printing so they know I’m better now than I was then.

This is an easy snack mix for Christmas – and you can substitute any color M&Ms for any time of year. Eat it yourself or package it up to give away. It’s also great for shipping!

Santa munch popcorn snack mix in little clear bags with cute christmas tags

What’s In Santa Munch Snack Mix?

Santa Munch is an EASY popcorn snack mix recipe. You can put anything you want in there, but I love adding:

Popcorn: You can use any kind you want! Microwave, packaged, or pop it yourself. We love popping popcorn in the microwave using this silicone popcorn maker, or you can air pop your popcorn!

Pretzels: Choose rods or twists.

M&Ms: Use any color and any flavor!

White Chocolate: I love using Candiquik or Candy Melts for this. My favorite candy melts are Ghiradelli.

Bowl of santa munch popcorn snack mix

How to make my Santa Munch Recipe

  1. Prep your cookie sheet by lining it with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Pop your popcorn and remove any kernels that didn’t pop.
  3. Place popcorn, pretzels, and nuts in a very large bowl.
  4. Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and coat with oil. Heat on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate over the popcorn mixture and carefully toss to coat.
  5. Turn out mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and let sit to set (chill if needed).
  6. Once it’s set, break apart the popcorn mixture and place in a resealable bag for storage. Add the M&Ms. Serve in a big bowl or package into treat bags.
Bowl of santa munch popcorn snack mix

Tips & FAQ for making Popcorn Snack Mix

What’s the best way to pop popcorn?

If you don’t buy it already popped, use microwave popcorn or pop your own kernels in a silicone microwave popper or air popper.

Can I use chocolate chips?

I don’t recommend them but you can use them. Chocolate Chips aren’t formulated for coating, so they’ll melt in your hands when eating the snack mix.

Can I use milk chocolate instead of white chocolate?

Use any kind of candy melts or almond bark you like – any flavor or color.

My chocolate didn’t melt!

Another reason I like using the candy melts is they don’t do this often, but if they are stubborn and not melting, add 1 tsp vegetable oil or shortening. Should help them get started melting.

How to store popcorn snack mix?

Store this in an airtight container for up to 5 days!

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Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix

Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix – an easy 5 ingredient popcorn mix that is the perfect Christmas treat! Popcorn, pretzels, and nuts are coated with white chocolate and mixed with M&Ms making the perfect sweet treat for parties or packaged for goody bags with the printable tags!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword popcorn
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 477kcal
Cost $8

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn (see note)
  • 2 cups pretzels rods or mini twists
  • 1 cup nuts optional (I used almonds)
  • 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips about 2 cups
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or shortening
  • 11 ounce bag holiday M&Ms any kind

Instructions

  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Place popcorn, pretzels, and nuts in a very large bowl. Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and coat with oil. Heat on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate over the popcorn mixture and carefully toss to coat. Turn out mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and let sit to set (chill if needed).
  • Once it’s set, break apart the popcorn mixture and place in a resealable bag for storage. Add the M&Ms. Serve in a big bowl or package into treat bags.
  • Mixture stays good for up to one week, as long as it’s airtight.

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Notes

  • You can use store bought popcorn (like Skinny Pop) or use microwave popcorn. Or pop your own using an air popper.
  • Be sure to remove any un-popped kernels from the popcorn before making mix.
  • Use any color or flavor M&Ms

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 95mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 42g

Popcorn is such an easy impromptu ingredient that can make the holidays even better. Gaslamp Popcorn is encouraging consumers to think about popcorn differently: not only as an easy better-for-you snack, but also as an ingredient (like in a popcorn snack mix).

Santa Munch - this EASY 5 ingredient Popcorn Snack Mix is coated in white chocolate and makes the perfect snack for Christmas! Santa loves it...but the kids do too! Make them as goodie bags with the free printable!

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