Reindeer Crunch (White Chocolate Popcorn) #FoodGifts

Reindeer crunch popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and candy bits makes a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer.
Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Reindeer Crunch

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas presents? I’ve heard a lot of my friends talk about how they have been shopping already, and some  are even done. How far along are you in buying  your gifts? I haven’t even got started.

But it’s not too early  to think about it- the way this year has flown,  time is slipping by fast. Holiday work parties are coming up as well as visiting with friends. Ideas for little gifts are always appreciated to me, as sometimes I struggle to figure what to get someone when it is a small token.

I do like making food gifts, and homemade gifts in general. So I was happy when my blogging friends decided to get together to share some of our favorite food gift recipes.

I decided to do this popcorn. O-M-G! It is so easy. I got it done in about twenty minutes. which is a breath of fresh air than say, doing a recipe for homemade Chinese dumplings where I struggle with the folded pleats. This was quick to get out of the way.

Especially since I had bought a melting pot (I had a 50% off coupon) which has a silicone lining. I know I can get disposable cups to melt chocolate in, but the silicone is great- I chill the bowl  and the extra chocolate pops right out. No need to fill the trashcan with plastic. So I do recommend one of those.

Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

I wish I had this recipe when my daughter was little (and that melting pot!). I remember fighting crowds at the mall to get tins of popcorn for Christmas and it was bloody expensive too. And really wasn’t that good. You know when you make it at home you can add as much chocolate or candies as you like and not worry about a stingy retailer.

This popcorn turned out nicely with what I put in it, but feel free to change that up—>you know what you like. I know I’ll be making this again,  because there’s no way this will make it to Christmas Eve. And the best part is because it is so quick, it doesn’t impact the other cooking I’ll be doing (like the gazillion cookies to bake that are headed my way).

I hope you (and your food gift recipients!) enjoy! And don’t forget to scroll  down and check out the other recipes. I’d say I’d be back tomorrow, but my posting has been sporadic this week, so I guess we’ll see. I’m supposed to have a post up on Thursday but haven’t cooked it yet so don’t want to say much about it (just in case). My schedule is wacked lately. And my chi is off. Like a train off the rail, I need to get back into the kitchen and back into the groove! C’ya!


Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Reindeer Crunch

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces white chocolate melting wafers
  • 20 cups popcorn (two 4-ounce bags)
  • 11.4 ounces red and green  plain chocolate M&M’s
  • 5 ounces chocolate covered pretzels
  • 7 ounces chocolate covered peanuts
  • candy sprinkles (jimmies and nonpareils)


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick foil or silpat sheets.
  2. Spread  popcorn over the silpat.
  3. Place melting wafers in a melting pot and set on high to melt for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally (or if using microwave to melt them just set them aside for now)
  4. Put the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe measuring cup and  microwave for about 45 seconds to one minute, stirring  halfway through.
  5. Drizzle caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to mix.
  6. Cover popcorn with candies and sprinkles.
  7. If using microwave to melt wafers, melt on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth and melted.
  8. Drizzle chocolate over popcorn and gently mix, making sure you get the M&Ms that fall to the bottom churned back up to the top.
  9. Allow mixture to set and dry.
  10. Package popcorn in plastic  treat bags, decorated as desired, or place in a cookie tin.

From the kitchen of

Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Holiday Food Gifts

Reindeer Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

15 responses

  1. Planning to put this in my holiday tins this year! Such a festive way you packaged them too! Thanks for joining in the Holiday Food Gifts event.

      • 5. “Drizzle caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to mix.” Where the *(expletive deleted) did this come from??? Was step 3 and 4 supposed to be combined? Attention to detail pls.

      • Microwave caramel is made from marshmallows and butter. Not chocolate. Read the recipe through to the end.
        I can understand if you don’t know the caramel is the marshmallow bit. But you could have asked that instead of the vulgar response you gave.
        In the future, please consider the nature of your remarks before posting. Normally this type of comment would be deleted without response as per my posted terms of service. I allowed your curse words to be scrubbed and the remaining comment post just to help you figure the recipe out, for what it’s worth.
        My recipes are offered for free to the public out of kindness. All I expect is kindness in return, or at the very least, a modicum of politeness and civility. Thank you.

  2. This throws me right back to a popcorn ball I used to get at my neighbour’s house for Halloween…. except it’s deconstructed and in Christmas form! I love this. It’s so pretty and festive and could be switched up for any holiday! I need a melting pot…..

    • The melt pot is great- simply for refrigerating the silicone tub then popping out the remaining chocolate like an ice cube.

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