This is a fun, festive snack mix that can easily be customized by using candy colors of sports teams, schools, or holidays.
8 cups popped corn (I use air-popped without oil or salt)
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup M&Ms* (if using 2 colors--1/4 cup of each)
1 cup white chocolate or vanilla baking chips (if using 2 colors, melt 1/2 cup chips for each color)**
1 tablespoon canola oil
food coloring* (oil based preferred over water based, if available)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Spread popcorn on a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment or waxed paper. Sprinkle peanuts and M&Ms evenly over top. Combine chips and oil and melt in microwave (see melting instructions at www.TheYummyLife.com/recipes/26). Add food coloring to melted mixture. Pour melted mixture over popcorn. If it is thick and pours in clumps, use a spoon to mix it throughout the popcorn. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Stick loose M&Ms and peanuts in the melted chips to make the party mix stick together. After melted chips harden completely, store in airtight container or sealed plastic bags.
*Use food coloring and M&M colors of sports teams or schools, red/pink for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, red/blue for 4th of July, black/orange for Halloween, red/green for Christmas, etc. **White chips are best to melt if you want to color them; semi-sweet chocolate chips are easier to color with black food coloring; other chip flavors can be used as long as their colors work with the occasion.