This easy mix is festive, delicious and pretty for Valentine's Day or any "pink" party--wedding, baby girl, princess birthdays, etc. (The colors can be changed for any occasion.) It's great for classroom party treats or to take to the office to share with co-workers. Put it in bags or jars for party favors or gifts.
8 cups popped corn (I use air-popped without oil or salt)
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup M&Ms* (use red/pink Valentines mix, if available)
1/2 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate or vanillla baking chips **
1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
pink food coloring*, optional (oil based preferred over water based)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
decorating sprinkles (red coarse sugar, pink nonpareils, or similar)
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 chocolate chips with 1/2 tablespoon oil and melt in microwave (see melting instructions at www.TheYummyLife.com/recipes/26). With spoon, drizzle evenly over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Add food coloring and 1/2 tablespoon oil to white chips, melt, and drizzle over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with decorating red sugar and pink nonpareils. After melted drizzles harden, break into pieces and store in airtight container or sealed plastic bags.
*Modify food coloring and M&M colors for any occasion: colors of sports teams or schools, green for St. Patrick's Day, red/blue for 4th of July, black/orange for Halloween, red/green for Christmas, etc. Food coloring can be omitted entirely--use plain white melted chocolate and rely on M&Ms and sprinkles to add color to the mix. **White chips are best to melt if you want to color them; other chip flavors can be used as long as their colors work with the occasion.