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Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix {with printable}

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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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Santa Munch Mix - 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!

I know I’m supposed to talk about popcorn in this post, and about Christmas, and decorating for the holidays and parties and this Santa Munch, which is the ULTIMATE popcorn snack mix recipe, but first I need to get this off my chest:

OMG did you watch The Gilmore Girls?????????

Okay, so I know it’s only been a few days. No spoilers in this post. I’ll talk at length another day about what happened, the final four words, and my never-ending feels about those three gut-wrenching scenes in Fall (and how I rewatch them every day).

I’m just so….torn up by it being over. Because really, it’s NOT over. In my mind I’ve pictured the next 10 years and I want it on screen, darn it. Also, I started off the year fully #TeamJess and ended the last episode squarely in the #TeamLogan camp.

And that’s all I’m going to say…for now.

What did you do over the holiday weekend? We ate lots of stuffing, lots of pie, I spent lots of money shopping (I am scared to look at my credit card statement), we decorated for Christmas…and I spent 7 hours on Saturday binging The Gilmore Girls. Pretty much, it was an amazing week. (Except that now that Gilmore Girls is over I have nothing to look forward too. And I’m now re-reading Twilight again and it’s not satisfying me.)

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 - this easy 5 ingredient snack is great for parties or goody bags! Make them easy with the free printable tags.

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.

Santa Munch is an EASY popcorn snack mix recipe. You can put anything you want in there, but I love adding pretzels and almonds and M&Ms and coating it all with white chocolate. It’s pretty and festive and tastes darn good. Kids love it too; Jordan begged me to eat it for breakfast this morning. I love serving it in a big bowl at holiday parties, but I think I love packaging it more. It makes the perfect goody bag treat for class parties or a kids Christmas party.

Speaking of which…I need to start planning our annual kids Christmas party. I was all ahead of things before Thanksgiving and have just realized now that Christmas break is in 3 weeks. Where does the time go?

I’ll probably remake this Santa Munch snack mix recipe for the party, and I’ll package it in little bags with those cute little tags. You can download and print them here.

Easy 5 ingredient Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix made with Gaslamp Popcorn

I started this recipe with Gaslamp popcorn. Maybe you remember them? They’re the star of my Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn when I was on T.V. for the first and only time. I was so excited they wanted to work with me again this year. I usually have a bag of their Sea Salt & Olive oil popcorn in my pantry anyway and I their Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn is probably my favorite flavor ever, and the inspiration behind my Cinnamon Caramel Sauce. Their popcorn is fresh, non-GMO, & gluten free…and it tastes amazing when you coat it with white chocolate.

I know you’re going to love this Santa Munch as much as we do…hopefully they’ll be some left to actually leave for Santa and the reindeer. I’m sure Rudolph likes popcorn, yes?

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Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix
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Servings: 10 cups

Santa Munch Popcorn Snack Mix

Cook Time:
2 mins
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!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn — I used Gaslamp Sea Salt & Olive Oil
  • 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

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Mixture stays good for up to one week, as long as it's airtight.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cup) — Calories: 477, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 95mg, Carbohydrates: 56g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 42g, Protein: 4g

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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This post has been sponsored by Gaslamp Popcorn. All opinions are 100% my own.

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27 comments

  1. Yum – this looks insanely addictive! 🙂

  2. I went through a phase about 3-4 years ago where I literally could not watch tv if I wasn’t eating popcorn. I went through sooo many versions and varieties during that stretch but I can guarantee I would never have tired of your version here! Salty, sweet, crunchy, heavenly!

  3. What a cute snack- perfect for watching holiday movies with 🙂

  4. Wow, wish I had some right now. Looks wonderful.

  5. I was horribly disappointed with the new Gilmore Girls. I was thrilled to hear it was making a comeback because I watched every episode of the original when they first aired but, man, did I feel these four episodes killed it. They turned Rory into someone I would never want to hang out with and that’s what I loved about them so much in the first place. They reminded me of me and my mom. I do like what they did with Emily and Luke has always been a highlight for me but I think they could have done a better job. Anyway, I’ll stop ranting about that.
    This popcorn and friends looks delicious!

  6. Whats your favorite brand of white chocolate to use for the Santa Munch?

  7. This is definitely appearing on for my breakfast soon.

  8. This looks like the perfect snack to munch on while watching Christmas movies!

  9. How long with this last or how to store it to make it last a little longer.  I want to make it on a Thursday afternoon but not eat it till Saturday at noon.  What do you think?

  10. This sounds really good……#teamjess4eva

  11. I was disappointed to see that you recommend keeping the Santa Munch Popcorn  for only one week.  I was wondering why that is?  Everything in it doesn’t spoil quickly.  Does the popcorn get stale that quickly? 

  12. I made this for our church fellowship hour today. We have a lot of kids and it got gobbled up!! A keeper recipe for sure!

  13. This stuff is SO addicting!

  14. Does it matter if you use buttered or salted microwave popcorn?

  15. How many sandwich bag size portions does this make? I’d love to make it and hand it out at my son’s Christmas party but I want to make sure I buy enough supplies.   Thanks!

  16. Made this early this am. Was the easiest holiday treat I’ve done in less than five minutes and so yummy! thank you!

  17. Do you know how many treat bags on average this recipe makes? I want to give out to my class as Christmas treats.

  18. Do you coat the white chocolate in oil before putting in microwave?

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