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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

4 from 36 votes
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Yield 10 cups
Serving Size 1 cup

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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Recipe 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

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 95mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 42g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on December 5, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. This was very good and easy! My only concern is since the M&M’s are added last, they all sift down to the bottom of the bowl. Can you put them in when you’re spreading it on the cookie sheet so it is a little stickier?

  2. If you haven’t made this – you should! Just a warning – it makes a LOT! I decided to double it since I had a lot of ingredients on hand….I have more than I know what to do with (hahah – not really, it will be eaten since it is so good). I cannot stop eating it (and I don’t need the calories, but I can’t help it – it’s SO GOOD!) Such a simple easy recipe, but it’s amazing good!!! The only thing I changed is that I used both honey roasted and regular salted nuts (they were on sale and I couldn’t decide which, so I just threw in both). Thank you, Dorothy, for another amazing recipe!

  3. I have been enjoying all the great recipes you share and even my picky eater is helping and eating what we make from your wide range of recipes. We thank you so very much. Merry Christmas to you and yours.