As soon as I set this out, my daughter asked me, “Can you make this again soon!?” To be fair, she did eat all of the candies from the mix first, but the thing she kept going on and on about was how much she loved the chewy texture of the popcorn. Seeing as how it only took about ten minutes to prep, I’m happy to make it again! (And honestly, I loved it just as much as she did.)
We’ve all had great snack mixes before but I loved giving this one a unique blue and white color scheme and tossing in a few unique candies and components. That way it didn’t taste (or look) like all the usual run-of-the-mill holiday snack mixes.
It starts with twelve cups of popped popcorn. Air-popped is best, but if you don’t have an air popper, just use the plainest popcorn you can find. Then, you’ll melt the white chocolate coating in the microwave and pour it all over the popcorn. A BIG bowl is your best friend here. (And yes, white chocolate chips will work fine if you can’t find candy coating.)
Then you’ll add in mini marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate candies, and as many blue sprinkles as your heart desires. (More on those items in a moment!)
Mix it all up, spread it on a baking sheet, and let it sit until the white chocolate hardens back up. Then it’s time to snack. Easy, right?
Now, for all those mix-ins:
I used a combination of mint and regular chocolate candies and I highly recommend you do the same! The cool burst of mint feels reminiscent of a fresh winter breeze and that’s just the thing to celebrate a snow day.
I also found pretzel balls instead of the more common pretzel twists. That’s not a deal-breaker, but if you can find them, the shape and texture of the pretzel balls is great – they’re the same size as the popcorn and it makes for some seriously delicious snacking.
For a snack mix that’s as cute as can be, this sure is easy to throw together. All it really takes is melting some chocolate and stirring a few things together but the end result is very nearly addictive. And there’s no need to wait for a snow day to make it!
Snow Day Snack Mix
10m prep time
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 16 oz white candy coating
- 2 cups pretzel balls or miniature pretzels
- 1 (12 oz) bag chocolate candies, such as M and Ms, regular or mint (or a mix)
- 3/4 cup sprinkles
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place popped popcorn in center.
- Melt candy coating according to package directions, then pour over popcorn. Use tongs to toss to coat.
- Add pretzels, candies, sprinkles, marshmallows, and toss once more.
- Let rest 30 minutes, then break apart and serve. Enjoy!