popcorn trail mix

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trail mix gets a new twist with popcorn!   Salty popcorn, tart cranberries, crunchy nuts and chewy dried fruit make the perfect combination; add lightly drizzled semi-sweet chocolate and you have a decadent snack {and it's perfect for a child's birthday party treat bag}. This super simple trail mix can include any of your family favorites (pretzels, dried cherries, raisins, apricots); I’ve listed our favorite combination, but the recipe is very easily modified. Get poppin’!

8 cups popped popcorn*
1/2 cup honey roasted nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried banana chips
1/2 cup m&m's
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Place the popcorn on the paper.
  3. Evenly top the popcorn with the nuts, cranberries, banana chips, m&m's and sunflower seeds.
  4. Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir and microwave for an additional 30-40 seconds.  Drizzle over popcorn and toppings.
  5. Allow chocolate to harden.  Break into pieces and keep in an air-tight container.
* I usually make my own popcorn and add salt.  I also have made it with Trader Joe's Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil and it works great.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Oooh. That sounds delicious. Great idea!

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