Christmas Popcorn Crunch

24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Setting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Christmas Popcorn Crunch is an easy holiday snack recipe. Sweet and salty popcorn with white chocolate, pretzels, M&M candies, and sprinkles.

Our favorite Christmas White Chocolate Snack Mix gets a salty, crunchy popcorn twist in this sweet and festive Candy Recipe. If you’re a fan of sweet and salty popcorn like Kettle Corn, this is the Snack mix you need to try!

This is the perfect party snack for any occasion. Make this treat year-round, just swap out the candies and festive sprinkles. Try red and blue candy pieces for the Fourth of July or make rainbow Funfetti popcorn crunch mix for birthdays!

Sabrina’s Christmas Popcorn Crunch Recipe

It’s easy to get to the top of Santa’s nice list with this festive holiday treat! Also known as Santa Munch, all you need to make this tasty Christmas Popcorn Crunch is some popped buttery popcorn, white chocolate chips, M&M candies, pretzels, and sprinkles. It’s ready in minutes and lasts for weeks, so it’s the perfect sweet to enjoy all holiday season long.

Kids of most ages can join in the fun to help make this Christmas Popcorn Crunch so this is a great treat to keep them busy during holiday break! To prevent burns, make sure the popcorn is completely cooled before using. Always use oven mitts to handle the hot bowl to pour melted chocolate. A long handled wooden spoon is perfect for small helpers to stir everything together. White chocolate doesn’t set super quickly, so there is time to let it cool slightly before spreading onto the baking sheet.

Christmas Popcorn Crunch ingredients in separate Bowls
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  • Popcorn: Christmas Popcorn Crunch can be made with fresh popped popcorn or you can use bagged popcorn to save a step. You can make homemade popcorn on the stove top (we have instructions in this post) or use the microwave kind. No matter what kind of popcorn you are using, make sure you sift out any unpopped kernels and keep in mind you’ll need 9 cups of popcorn!
  • White Chocolate: The creamy vanilla flavor of white chocolate goes perfectly with the delicious candy, pretzel and popcorn mix. Although you could use regular chocolate, the white chocolate lets the festive colors stand out for a better holiday look. You’ll need 12 ounces, 1 regular size bag, of white chocolate chips.
  • Pretzels: To give this crunchy salty mix even more crunchy, salty goodness we add 2 cups of mini pretzels. You can also use pretzel squares, pretzel twists or pretzel bites, just make sure they are small enough to mix evenly and so you can enjoy a little bit of everything in the mix in one bite.
  • Candy: To add some regular chocolate flavor and festive holiday color, this popcorn gets a generous 1 cup of green and red M&M candies. The candy coating doesn’t famously doesn’t melt easily so it stays crispy in the white chocolate coating.
  • Sprinkles: Finally, to add even more holiday flair, there is ¼ cup of green and red sprinkles. It’s best to use the long sprinkles, also called jimmies, which are the kind you’ll often see on ice cream. You could also use the little round ball sprinkles, just try not to use colored sugar sprinkles because those will get soaked up into the chocolate and won’t have that same pop.
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Large Bowl: 9 cups of popcorn is a lot and you want to make this all at once if you can so everything gets coated and distributed evenly, so an extra big chef’s mixing bowl is a great tool to use. If you can’t find them at the store, check out a restaurant supply store. These huge metal bowls are also great for making crowd-size pasta and potato salads so they are worth the investment if you do a lot of big-batch cooking.
  • Long Wooden Spoon: This recipe is quite a big batch of ingredients so a long-handled wooden spoon works best to get down the bottom of your bowl and the firm handle makes stirring easier. Also, the hard wooden spoon is good for scraping the sides of the bowl.
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How to Make Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Prep Work

    Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper or parchment paper. Add your popcorn and pretzels to an extra large mixing bowl.Christmas Popcorn Crunch ingredients in Bowl not mixed

  2. Melt the Chocolate

    In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate in 30 second bursts, stirring in between each time, until melted and smooth.

  3. Coat the Ingredients

    In a large bowl, stir your popcorn and pretzels a little to mix slightly, then pour most of the white chocolate over the mix. Add the M&M candies to the bowl and toss everything until it’s well coated.Christmas Popcorn Crunch ingredients in Bowl with white chocolate drizzle on top

  4. Decorate and Cool

    Spread the popcorn mixture over your prepared baking sheets in even layers, avoiding big clumps as much as you can. Top with the remaining chocolate, drizzling over the top. Decorate with the sprinkles.Christmas Popcorn Crunch on sheet pan

  5. Serve and Store

    Once it’s cooled, break apart gently and serve in a decorative bowl or place in a plastic storage bag and keep for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.Christmas Popcorn Crunch in Bowl with hand holding portion

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Popcorn Crunch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sides for Your Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Drinks: Pair this festive fun snack with equally fun and festive holiday drinks like Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Holiday Apple Cider. Have some of this salty carb-loaded snack on hand at adult events to help soak up the bourbon or brandy in their Eggnog.

Popcorn: Switch up the flavors of popcorn and try this recipe with Kettle Corn for an extra sweet treat or use Cheddar Popcorn for a savory, salty layer of flavor. This is a great recipe to use up the cheddar and butter flavor popcorn in those holiday popcorn tins, just skip the caramel corn because that would be too sweet.

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How to Store Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Serve: Let Christmas Popcorn Crunch cool completely so white chocolate is set. Once set, break crunch mix into pieces and keep in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Store: Store Christmas Popcorn Crunch in the refrigerator for up to 1 month in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container. Bring to room temperature to serve.

Freeze: Once cooled and set, transfer Christmas Popcorn Crunch pieces to a freezer safe storage bag and squeeze out any air. Freeze for up to 6 months and thaw at room temperature to serve.

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Ideas to Serve Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Switch up the Mix-ins: Other festive sweets to mix-in are crushed candy canes, peppermint M&Ms, or other small red and green candy. Try adding other snack mix-ins like mini marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, crushed Oreo cookies, chopped nuts, or dried fruit. You can add up to about 1 cup total extra mix-ins before you made need more melted white chocolate.

Gifting this Treat: Christmas Popcorn Crunch makes a fun holiday snack but it’s also fantastic as an easy gift idea. Just wrap it up in festive cellophane or treat bags and add ribbons or other holiday decorations. You want to keep it in plastic, not paper, so that it stays crunchy and fresh longer.

Easy Stove Top Popcorn Recipe

  • In a large, heavy bottom pot, add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (or olive oil) and 2 unpopped kernels.
  • Heat, covered, over medium high heat until kernels have popped, then add ¼ cup popcorn kernels.
  • Shake kernels until covered in oil and cover pot.
  • Shake occasionally while popcorn pops.
  • Once there is a 2-3 second gap between pops, your popcorn is ready.
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Frequent Questions

Do I need to use white chocolate chips?

Instead of white chocolate chips, you can use vanilla almond bark, or white chocolate melts. For a more festive look, use colored candy melts to drizzle over the prepared Christmas Popcorn Crunch.

Can I make Popcorn Crunch for other holidays?

Of course! Easily switch up the candy, the color of the sprinkles and even the pretzels to make this for other holidays. For example, on Valentine’s Day, make this sweet treat with mini cinnamon heart candy and use red and pink sprinkles!

Can I use regular chocolate instead of white chocolate? 

The white chocolate lets the festive sweets in this holiday popcorn mix stand out, but you can always use dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, or other baking chips for different flavors.

Recipe Card

Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Christmas Popcorn Crunch is an easy holiday snack recipe. Sweet and salty popcorn with white chocolate, pretzels, M&M candies, and sprinkles.
Yield 24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 12 ounces White Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 cup green and red M&M candies
  • 1/4 cup green and red sprinkles , jimmies


  • Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  • Drizzle most of the white chocolate over popped popcorn and mini pretzels in a large bowl.
  • Add in M&M candies and toss.
  • Spread onto 2 baking sheets lined with wax paper as spread apart as possible to avoid large clumps.
  • Drizzle the remaining white chocolate on top of the popcorn and sprinkle on the green and red jimmies
  • Let set then break apart gently.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. So good! This was really easy to make, it looked great, it tasted awesome and it was a total hit. I am looking forward to changing this up with different seasonal M&Ms. Next year I will make it and put it in smaller bags to give as gifts.