Who doesn’t love popcorn?! Combined with a lovely maple flavor, candy, and seeds, this elf maple popcorn snack mix is a great take-along for Christmas parties, for your own snack night at home, or to give to friends and neighbors as a homemade gift.
Elf Maple Popcorn
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This snack mix is a tasty combination of everyone’s favorites. It’s the perfect solution for your Christmas Eve snack night or any time this season!
Ingredients You Need
12 cups popped popcorn, salted
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 cup marshmallows
1/2 cup candy-covered sunflower seeds (optional) or other multi colored candy
Green candy melts
Pink candy melts
Yellow candy melts
Red candy melts
Instructions for Making the Elf Hats
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt the green candy melts according to the package directions. Wedge a Bugle snack on a fork and dip into melted candy coating. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess. Use a toothpick to slide the coated Bugle snack onto the waxed paper. Repeat as desired. Allow candied Bugles to set completely.
3. Repeat the process with the pink candy melts. Allow candied Bugles to set completely.
4. Heat the yellow candy melts according to package directions. Place melted candy into a zip top freezer bag (snip the end slightly) or a candy decorating bag. Drizzle yellow candy over each green-coated Bugle to resemble a stripe on the elf hat. Allow candied Bugles to set completely before mixing with snack mix.
5. Heat the red candy melts according to package directions. Place melted candy into a zip top freezer bag (snip the end slightly) or a candy decorating bag. Drizzle red candy over each pink-coated Bugle to resemble a stripe on the elf hat. Allow candied Bugles to set completely before mixing with snack mix.
Instructions for Making the Popcorn
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Top with cooked and salted popcorn.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar to melted butter and stir until combined. Pour the maple extract into the mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes.
3. Pour sugar over the popcorn. Toss to coat.
4. Add remaining ingredients and decorated Bugles. Toss well and serve.
Cook’s note: If you prefer a crunchy popcorn, add the sugar mixture to the popcorn and toss to coat. Then, bake the popcorn in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow popcorn to cool completely. Break into pieces and then add remaining ingredients.
Make sure you take a peek at our Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza recipe for more snack and meal options for this Christmas season!
Are there favorite snacks that you traditionally prepare for Christmas Eve or during the Christmas season? This one is new to us, but it’s likely to make it onto the list in future years. Share about your favorite traditional recipes in the comments!