This easy, delicious, festive party mix is perfect to serve for RED HOT sports teams (like the St. Louis Cardinals!), for your RED HOT love on an anniversary or Valentine's Day, or, it can be a Firecracker Popcorn Party Mix for the 4th of July or other celebration.
8 cups popped corn (I use air-popped without oil or salt)
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 6-oz box (3/4 cup) Hot Tamales chewy cinnamon candies
1/4 cup Red Hot candies (find in candy or baking/decorating supplies aisle)
1 cup white chocolate or vanillla baking chips*
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
decorating sprinkles (red/white coarse sugar, nonpareils, or similar)
Spread popcorn on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the peanuts, Hot Tamales, and Red Hots evenly over top. Combine white chips with oil in small bowl and melt in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring each time, and continuing to cook just until chips completely melt in when stirred (approx. 60 seconds total). With spoon, drizzle half of melted chips evenly over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle on remaining peanuts and candy. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Drizzle with remaining melted chips. Sprinkle with decorating red sugar and white nonpareils. After melted drizzles harden, break into pieces and store in airtight container or sealed plastic bags.
*To make the mix more of a candy-like bark, drizzle on additional melted chips.