More than usual this year, I’ve been scouting around for Halloween treats to make. I typically only oogle at all the fun stuff posted around the interwebs, bookmarking and filing ideas away into the recesses of my brain. But I feel much more “in the spirit” this year, quite possibly because our new house is finally under construction (!!!) thus giving me a big project to focus on other than everyday “life stuff.” And dare I say that I’m stoked to get my Martha on with some glitter, Mod Podge, and pumpkins?!
This Monster Munch popcorn mix is one of the treats I Pinned a few weeks back and I was immediately sold. It is chocolate covered popcorn with candy after all – how bad could it be? – and it took me all of maybe 8 minutes to put this popcorn mix together over the weekend, thanks to my new Whirley-Pop that revolutionized my life with fresh popcorn in 3 minutes. That’s my kind of treat! I can’t ever seem to find almond bark in the grocery store (should I just order it from Amazon?) so I used orange candy melts, which were way more festive than white chocolate/bark anyway. You’ll toss your favorite add-ins into the fresh popcorn – anything from candy to nuts or even pretzel snaps – then drizzle on some melted chocolate and stir everything together. It’s almost an instant Halloween treat!
Monster Munch (Halloween Popcorn Mix)
source: adapted from Our Best Bites
You can definitely melt regular chocolate (semisweet, bittersweet, milk, or white) in place of the bark/candy melts but the bark/candy melts set up and sit better at room temperature than chocolate does. It’s really your choice here!
- 1 package Almond Bark (1 lb) or 1 bag (14oz) Wilton candy melts
- 12 cups popped popcorn (from about 1/2 cup kernels)
- 1 cup candy corn
- 1 cup dry roasted, honey roasted peanuts
- 3/4 cup M&Ms
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions.
- Put the popped popcorn in a very large bowl, taking care to remove all of the unpopped kernels before proceeding – you don’t want any cracked teeth! Note: You may need to do this step in two batches if you don’t have a big enough bowl for all of the popcorn. Add the candy corn, peanuts, and M&Ms to the top of the popcorn. Pour the chocolate over the top of the popcorn and mix-ins. Using a large spoon, carefully stir the chocolate into the popcorn, working in large scoops up from the bottom of the bowl.
- Spread the popcorn mixture out on the baking sheets and let set-up for 30 minutes at room temperature before breaking the popcorn into chunks. If you’re in a hurry, you can pop the baking sheets in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.