Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix

holiday popcorn mix in mugs

Our Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix is sweet, salty, crunchy, and super fun to eat. This easy chocolate covered party mix is ready to fuel you through your next Netflix binge or holiday playlist, on repeat, natch.

A person holding holiday popcorn

Christmas popcorn is a holiday tradition that makes other holiday traditions extra merry and bright…

We’re missing out on so many of our favorite holiday traditions this year, it’s enough to make this holiday loving girl downright blue. Best to focus on the fun we still can have, like cookie baking marathons, sitting by the fire, trimming the tree or hopping in the car to see holiday lights in the neighborhood…a mug of festive chocolate coated popcorn will fit right in.

holiday snack mix

The sweet/salty flavor profile is what it’s all about

It’s not just you, lots of people find the combination of sweet and salty irresistible. You might not realize it, but salt enhances our perception of sweet, and vice versa! We’re hard wired to crave sweet and salty foods, but put them together in one bite and most of us can’t say no. That’s the guiding principle here:

  • popcorn
  • chocolate for melting
  • pretzel sticks
  • white chocolate covered pretzels
  • M&Ms
  • sprinkles
  • flaky salt

holiday snack mix with popcorn

But this is the kind of recipe where you don’t have to color inside the lines ~ let your imagination play.

Creative add-ins

  • toasted nuts like pecans, walnuts, peanuts or almonds
  • different types of chocolate like milk or white, or other meltable morsels like butterscotch or peanut butter
  • caramel corn
  • Fritos
  • cereal like Chex, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, etc. ~ channel your inner 6 year old here.
  • dark chocolate covered pretzels
  • peppermint candies, crushed
  • your favorite mini candies like mini peanut butter cups or Andes Mints. You can find almost everything in tempting mini sizes these days.

snack mix in a glass bowl

Storage and gifting tips

Christmas popcorn will last a few days. I would store it in a jar or storage container, at room temperature.

If you want to give it as a gift, I’d make it shortly before giving. It looks pretty in large mason jars, or you can bag it up in cellophane bags.

You could even bag up a pretty mug filled with the mix and give a double gift.

Holiday snack mix in festive mugs

I’m serving my popcorn snack mix in Caskata holiday themed mugs

I’m paying more attention to the little details this year since everything else is so wacky and out of our control. Little things like serving snacks in pretty dishes makes a difference in our mood, whether you have kids at home, or not. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to grab my mug and get back to Elf

Christmas popcorn mix in a holiday mug

More super easy holiday treats ~

holiday popcorn mix in mugs
5 from 4 votes

Holiday Popcorn

Our Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix is sweet, salty, crunchy, and super fun to eat. This easy chocolate covered party mix is ready to fuel you through your next Netflix binge or holiday playlist, on repeat, natch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 14 cups
Author Sue Moran


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate
  • flaky salt
  • a couple handfuls red and green M&M's
  • a couple tablespoons red, green, and white sprinkles
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups white yogurt covered pretzels


  • Line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and spread the popped popcorn over it.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave using short bursts. Stir until completely smooth.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, and immediately sprinkle with the M&M's, sprinkles, and a little salt. Do this while the chocolate is molten so the toppings stick to it.
    making holiday popcorn
  • Allow to harden at room temperature. Then break the popcorn into chunks (whatever size you like.)
    Holiday popcorn
  • Mix the chocolate covered popcorn with both of the pretzels, and enjoy!
    Holiday Popcorn with pretzels
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

*Caskata sent me a selection of dish ware to enjoy this season.

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  • Reply
    December 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

    5 stars
    Great, easy and fast to make and give to friends and family. Thank you for the post.

    • Reply
      December 20, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Janet!

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      Karen kober
      December 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      5 stars
      Love everything u do!

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    Karen Anderson
    December 8, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    This. Is. Fantastic! I can get some bowls from Dollar Tree and fill them with this instead of 5-6 different cookies and/or brownies on each tray for the neighbors! Genius! Thanks!

    • Reply
      December 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Where would be be without the Dollar Tree ~ it’s perfect for this!

  • Reply
    Jennifer M
    December 8, 2020 at 6:27 am

    This looks like a great idea to add to my gift boxes this year. What is the shelf life in a closed bag once made? Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes!

    • Reply
      December 8, 2020 at 6:42 am

      This is a fresh product without preservatives, so I’d only give it a week, Jennifer.

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