So here we go. This is going to be hard. But I'm going to say it anyway.
Phew! I'm glad I got that off my chest. Now lets move on.
What? You want an explanation? Ooooooooooooohkay, Ill tell you.
I made this recipe in hopes of it making it on the blog before Christmas, so you could go make it and give some away as gifts like I did.
I know! I cant believe it didn't make it up on the blog! But sometimes, life gets in the way. Like going home for the holidays. And packing to move to another country. And then moving to said country.
I almost didn't post this recipe at all, but after talking to my number one fan (the hubs), we both came to the same conclusion. There is no reason this shouldn't be posted even though Christmas has passed.
Secondly, it doesn't need to be Christmas to give away an amazing treat like this to some friends, neighbors, or a random person on the street. Right?
So here I am today, sharing the recipe that was suppose to be shared with you before Christmas. I hope you can forgive me for the wrong-doing I have... wrong-did.
Then I used caramel candy squares and melted them in a small pot with a little heavy whipping cream, stirred it all together and poured it over the mixture of popcorn, M&M candies, pretzels, pecans and salted nut mixture. Easy Peasy, and you have a large amount of this amazing sweet and salty snack mix to give away, or to hoard to yourself. I wouldn't blame you for doing that. You could also have it at a party. Your guests would be pretty happy with you if you made it too.
Alright, alright. Ill stop with my chitter chatter, and just get to the recipe :)
makes about 5 quarts snack mix
to make popcorn:
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1/3 cup unpopped kernels (no more than 1 layer deep of kernels in stock pot or other pot)
- popped popcorn from above
- 12-15 caramel candy squares, unwrapped
- 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups pretzels, sticks or twists
- 1-2 cups pecans, to preference
- 2 cups salted nut mixture
- 1 (12 oz) bag M&M mixture of preference
- In a stock pot or other medium to large sized pot, heat vegetable or canola oil over medium-high. While it is heating, place one kernel of unpopped corn in the oil. Cover the pot and wait for kernel to pop. Once this has occurred, pour in the remaining unpopped kernels, making sure it is no more than one kernel deep. (1/3 cup unpopped corn kernels will yield roughly 4-5 cups popped corn)
- Shake the pot around until you hear the corn stop popping. Take off heat to ensure it doesn't burn. Set aside
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: popcorn, pretzels, M&Ms and nuts.
- Lastly, in a small pot, place the caramel candies and heavy whipping cream in and put over medium heat. Allow candies to melt, stirring frequently to ensure it doesn't burn. Once all the candies are melted, pour over the snack mixture. Stir to combine and allow to set for about 10 minutes. Enjoy within a few days, and store in an airtight container or zip snap bag.