My friends that know me well understand my complete love of sweet and salty snacks. These little 4th of July Sweet and Salty Popcorn treats are making me do a little happy dance right now.
Or maybe it’s the sugar because I might have polished off half the bowl… I can confirm or deny nothing.
This mix is so
dangerous delicious and easy to make and who doesn’t want to take home a little party favor like that?? If you answered “no thanks” just leave yours at the door and I will make sure it is “appropriated” accordingly.
In mahhh belly.
If you are just joining in, we are back with Day #3 of our “Summer In Jars” series and these little treats are so easy to make. Not to mention, these re-usable plastic jars are kid (and pool) friendly.
If you are hosting a 4th of July party I’ve included these free printable hangtags to add to the fun. You can download those HERE.
Supplies you’ll need in addition to a few ingredients in the recipe:
- Plastic Jars
- Patriotic Chocolate Candies
- Peanuts (substitute pretzels for those with peanut allergies)
- Tags / Labels (optional)
- Bakers Twine (optional)
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 cup peanuts (substitute crumbled pretzels if desired)
- 1 cup candy coated chocolates (such as M&Ms)
- 1-2 tsp sea salt (according to taste)
- Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with butter or cooking spray.
- Evenly spread the popcorn onto the baking sheet and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat.
- Stir until combined and bubbling for ONLY two minutes, stirring continuously, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- Evenly pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn.
- Gently stir until the popcorn is well coated.
- Stir in the peanuts and chocolate candies.
- Sprinkle the salt over the mixture and stir once more.
- Store in an airtight container for 1-2 days or refrigerate for up to a week.
- Humidity varies depending on location - it's best to consume this sweet and salty mixture within 1-2 days so the popcorn does not get "soggy". Prep time is minimal so don't make this too far ahead!
You are all set with a fun party favor that everyone will love! Be sure to check out all of today’s fun posts in our “Summer In Jars” series:
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well. I’d love for you to follow along!