Holiday Popcorn Bark

On a whim the other day, I bought a bag of Valentine’s Day M&Ms. I love M&Ms. Especially dark chocolate ones. As I continued my grocery shopping, I was thinking about what I would do with the M&Ms. I decided to just set them in a bowl on my desk at work. A lot of my coworkers have candy dishes on their desk, so I figured why not. But then I got to thinking about it. A dish of M&Ms sitting on my desk could be really dangerous. That’s a recipe for me eating 80% of the bag of M&Ms.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

The next thought that came to mind was to whip up some White Chocolate Frito Popcorn. I decided against it since I had just recently made the Dorito Oreo Popcorn. I started looking through the cabinets to see what else I had on hand.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

White chocolate? Check. Popcorn? Check. M&Ms? Check. Sprinkles? Check. I was just going to toss everything together and call it a day. But I really wanted something salty and crunchy in there. So I had Hubby grab some pretzels on his way home from his coffee run and voila – Holiday Popcorn Bark.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

This recipe is obviously adaptable for any holiday. Just add some festive M&Ms and sprinkles for whatever holiday is right around the corner! It would also be perfect for a birthday using regular M&Ms and sprinkles! The options are endless.

One Year Ago: Peanut Butter Caramel Corn and Salted Caramel Sauce
Two Years Ago: Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot and Crunchy Nut Encrusted Chicken Tenders
Three Years Ago: M&M Cookies and BBQ Chicken Pizza Sticks
Four Years Ago: Vegan Chocolate Banana Caramel Cupcakes

Print Save

Holiday Popcorn Bark

This popcorn bark can be adapted to whichever holiday is coming around the corner

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

10 cups of popped popcorn (1 bag microwave popcorn)
3 cups prezels, broken into pieces
8 oz white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup sprinkles

Directions:

Pop corn according to package directions.

Put popped corn and pretzel pieces into a large bowl. Make sure to get all of the unpopped kernels out.

Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.

Pour melted chocolate over popcorn mixture and mix with your hands to coat completely. Pour onto a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with M&Ms. Mix a little more to incorporate M&Ms.

Melt bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle over popcorn bark. Sprinkle sprinkles over popcorn.

Allow to cool and break into large pieces.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

    Pin It

16 Responses to “Homemade Milky Way Candy Bars”

  1. #
    1
    KV — October 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    those look good too. Are homemade butterfingers next? I have a recipe I’m going to try out soon.

  2. #
    2
    Jen — October 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Butterfingers would be tasty, but I’ve got something else coming on Friday…

  3. #
    3
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    OH YUM! I really want to try these but I’m horrible at dipping things too.

  4. #
    4
    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This is exactly what my son’s been asking me to do. You’re making it hard to say no – they look perfect!

  5. #
    5
    Kimmy Bingham — October 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Why do you tempt me so? Milky Ways are my favorites. This is so worth trying 🙂

  6. #
    6
    Smitten Sugar — October 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Yum these look delicious! I love Milky ways

  7. #
    7
    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Well they look pretty perfect to me! And super delicious too.

  8. #
    8
    Kerstin — October 22, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I’m so intrigued by the cool whip/chocolate mixture for the filling! These look so yummy and addicting!

  9. #
    9
    Miss Yunks — October 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    These look so cute and much easier than the milky ways and snickers I made a few months ago. I made mine in muffin wrappers so I didn’t dip them, just layered the chocolate, nougat, caramel, and chocolate! They came out pretty tasty but was a lot of work!

  10. #
    10
    Rachael Pergler — October 26, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I just tried these and they didn’t come out as I’d hoped. The chocolate and whipped cream mix was too sticky and wouldn’t harden. Did I do something wrong? Also what if you can’t find kraft caramel?

  11. #
    11
    Jen — October 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Rachael – Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out for you. The center part was a bit sticky while dipping and wasn’t super hard… Any caramel would work for this recipe, I just use the Kraft kind that comes individually wrapped.

  12. #
    12
    K — November 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I would put melted chocolate in the pan first, freeze, then the chocolate mixture, then the caramel. Then you can spoon melted chocolate on top. Would this work? (It solves the dipping problem too!)

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

      That could definitely work… The caramel might ooze out when you gut them though… Let me know how it goes if you try it.

  13. #
    13
    Rick — October 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I hope you are not using Cool Whip which is all trans-fat and high fructose corn syrup. I’m looking for a healthier alternative to the store bought Milky Way. Perhaps a recipe for homemade whip ?

  14. #
    14
    Linda — December 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    These were a DISASTER. I wasted my morning and a lot of ingredients. The chocolate mixture was so sticky when cutting into squares. The directions did not state whether to add water to the caramels when melting so I didn’t…the caramels ended up thick and so sticky, I had trouble putting it on the chocolate layer. Dumped the whole mess out since I didn’t want to waste a bag of milk chocolate chips to coat them. I have been baking my entire life (60 +) and never had a recipe go like that.

  15. #
    15
    360 health tips — December 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Very rapidly this website will be famous amid all
    blog visitors, due to it’s good articles or reviews

Leave a Comment