Candy Popcorn

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” –Bob Hope


  • 1 1/3 cups popcorn kernels, popped (about 25 cups popped popcorn)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Place popcorn in a large bowl.  Line baking sheets with waxed paper.

In a medium pot over medium-high heat bring sugar, water, and butter to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Stir in food coloring and salt.  Pour over popcorn, stirring until popcorn is well coated.  Work quickly.  Then spread popcorn on baking sheets (lined with waxed paper) and let sit for 1-2 hours until no longer sticky.

Can store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Christmas Caramel Popcorn Balls


“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” –Larry Wilde


Christmas Caramel Popcorn Balls

  • ·         1 (1 lb.) package brown sugar
  • ·         1 cup light corn syrup

Bring to boil stirring continually.  Remove from heat and add:

  • ·         1 square of butter
  • ·         1 can sweetened condensed milk

Put pot back on heat and cook to soft ball stage.

Pour over popped corn and mix well.  Let cool a bit before forming balls.  Shape into balls and wrap in waxed paper for Christmas Eve!

Avalanche Popcorn – SOO GOOD!


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Will Ferrell, Elf

This is SUCH a delicious Christmastime treat.  I got this recipe from my friend Tris, who brought it to our office Christmas party.

Avalanche Popcorn

  • 8 c. popcorn
  • 1 c. white chocolate for melting
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. Rice Krispies
  • ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate


  1. In a large bowl, place the popped popcorn, removing any unpopped kernels
  2. Set aside.
  3. In a medium, microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate and peanut butter in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment until chocolate is smooth and melted.
  4. Pour the white chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the top of popcorn, but do not stir yet. Add Rice Krispy cereal and mini marshmallows and gently toss or stir to coat.
  5. Pour the popcorn mixture on a large piece of parchment paper and gently spread to a single layer.
  6. Place the milk chocolate melting candy in the microwave and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment until smooth and melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of popcorn.
  7. Allow to cool until chocolate has hardened. Break into pieces before packaging or transferring to a bowl to serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

White Chocolate Chex Party Mix

White chocolate chex party mix

“May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us a tender, caring heart as our gift to the Savior.” –President Thomas S. Monson

This is such a super yummy, colorful treat to share with your neighbors and friends at Christmas time.

White Chocolate Chex Party Mix


1 (10 oz) package pretzels
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
2 cups salted peanuts
2 (12 oz) packages plain M & M’s (Southern Living published this recipe in 1996 with one bag of M&Ms…just fyi)
2 (12 oz) packages white chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil


In a VERY large bowl (or two medium bowls), combine the first 5 ingredients. Set aside.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat white chips and oil on high for 60 seconds (you could also melt chocolate and oil in a double boiler pan). Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds and stir until completely melted and smooth (you may need to microwave for a couple more seconds).  Pour melted chocolate over cereal mix and stir until all the cereal is evenly covered with white chocolate. Spread cereal mix on 2 large cookie sheets lined with wax paper.  Let cool and then break apart into chunks.  Store in an air tight container.  Serves 15-20 people.

Caramel Popcorn Balls


“Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, He came forth from heaven to live on earth as mortal man and to establish the kingdom of God. During His earthly ministry, He taught men the higher law. His glorious gospel reshaped the thinking of the world. He blessed the sick. He caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear. He even raised the dead to life. To us He has said, ‘Come, follow me.’

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater benefit of others” — President Thomas S. Monson, “In Search of the Christmas Spirit.”

Caramel Popcorn:

I got this recipe from my friend Pat about 33 years ago.   I haven’t tasted a better caramel popcorn recipe.  It’s so yummy and easy to make.  This recipe makes enough for 3 gallons of popcorn.

  • 1 (1 lb.) package brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup

Bring to boil stirring continually.  Remove from heat and add:

  • 1 square of butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Put pot back on heat and cook to soft ball stage.

Pour over popped corn.  Shape into balls and wrap in waxed paper for Christmas Eve!

Cookie Butter Popcorn


“You control your future, your destiny.
What you think about comes about.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.
Put your future in good hands – your own.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

Original recipe source, click here.

The recipe should have the word ‘incredible’ in the title somewhere.  Thanks to my friend Lori for sharing this fantastic recipe.  She brought this popcorn in to work today in two large bowls for a birthday celebration and it was gone in a flash.  It was delicious! I had never heard of ‘cookie butter’ before and another friend told me that she eats it by the spoon right out of the jar or spreads it on top of cookies.

Cookie Butter Popcorn

  • Ingredients:
  • 16 cups air popped plain popcorn (about ½ cup of kernels)
  • 1 16 oz pkg vanilla candy coating (also called ‘candyquik’)
  • 3 TB cookie butter (you can get this at Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ colored candy melts
  • 1 pkg of M&Ms
  • Sprinkles

Pop your popcorn and place it in a large bowl.  Next melt vanilla candy coating in the microwave according to package directions.  Add the cookie butter to the melted chocolate and stir until combined.  Then drizzle the coating over the popcorn and stir it until it’s evenly coated.  Mix in the M&M’s and then spread out the popcorn on wax paper. Melt your colored candy melts in the microwave and then drizzle on top of the popcorn.  You can always add a few drops of food coloring to white chocolate chips as well.  Top with sprinkles if desired.

Chex Mix with Coconut Chips



While we are postponing, life speeds by. –Lucius Annaeu Seneca

I got this yummy recipe from my friend Julie.

Dry ingredients — Mix together:

  • 12-14 cups Rice Chex Mix
  • 1/ 1/2 cups peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 4 cups coconut chips (Not the Costco brand because they are too soft; get the chips at a health food store or bulk section of a grocery store)

Boil the following for 4 1/2 minutes (stirring constantly):

  • 1 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter

Pour mixture over the dry ingredients, spread over 2 jelly roll pans to cool.  Store in an airtight container.

Conference Popcorn


You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.–Mahatma Gandi

I found this recipe from the Deseret News / Recipe courtesy Marsha Dunn:


  • 1 slightly heaping cup of unpopped popcorn
  • 11/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup margarine

Pop popcorn and pour into a very large bowl. In a heavy pan, mix sugars, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil and cook to 240 degrees (use a candy thermometer). Stir in peanuts and boil for another minute or two. Remove from heat. Add baking soda, vanilla and margarine and stir. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Pour out onto a large piece of waxed paper to cool.


Cookies and Cream Popcorn

I found this delicious recipe here.

Recipe and photo credit:

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” –Calvin Coolidge

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 20 Oreos finely crushed
  • 24 oz. white vanilla Almond Bark


  1. Melt white vanilla almond bark according to package directions until completely melted and smooth consistency.
  2. Drizzle almond bark over popped popcorn.
  3. Sprinkle finely crushed Oreo crumbs through out popcorn to evenly distribute.
  4. Let almond bark set up and dig in!

Lion House Popcorn Cake

Recipe and Photo from The Lion House


I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” –Ray Bradbury

12-14 servings

1          cup sugar
1          cup white corn syrup
½         cup water
2          Tbsp. butter or margarine
1          tsp. vanilla
2-3      drops food coloring (your choice, it is optional)
18       cups popped corn
1 ½     cups small gumdrops or M&M’s plain or peanut
1 ½     cups nuts (mixed or peanuts or almonds)

Grease well on 10” tube pan and set aside.  Place popcorn, gumdrops/M&M’s, and nuts in an extra large bowl.  Combine sugar, syrup, water and butter in a saucepan.  Cook on high until sugar mixture begins to boil turn to low and cook until mixture reaches 240-degrees on a candy thermometer.  Remove from heat allow to cool 5 minutes.  Add vanilla and coloring stirring till well mixed.  Pour syrup over pop corn mixture and stir until popcorn is well coated with syrup.  Press mixture into the tube pan.  Allow to cool 5 minutes unmold cake.  Place on a serving plate.  Slice servings with a sharp knife.  This can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen.