Delicious Popcorn Crunch


Popcorn and candy in a candy sauce. Great for the holidays! Not too chewy and won't stick to your teeth (unless you overcook the sauce)! You can customize the candy, dried fruit, and nuts to what you like. Canadian Smarties® can be used instead of M&M's®. I've known people to press the mixture into a cake pan and cut pieces, too.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
15 servings


  • 15 cups plain popped popcorn

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • ½ cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®)


  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • ½ cup light corn syrup (such as Crown® Lily White)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon vinegar


  1. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil.

  2. Combine popcorn, cranberries, pecans, and chocolate pieces together in a bowl.

  3. Stir sugar, butter, corn syrup, and vanilla extract together in a heavy saucepan; cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling, about 5 minutes. Boil mixture for 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vinegar.

  4. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn mixture; mix until evenly coated. Spread coated popcorn mixture onto prepared baking sheets; cool. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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