|Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix|
I didn't have a lot of energy this Easter (yup this post is coming at you over a week late!), so I wanted to make something simple and colorful for my family.
One of my favorite things is my air-popped popcorn maker. We had one when I was little and nearly everyday after school, I would come home and make popcorn. I mastered the perfect combination of butter and salt for popcorn at a young age! While I love microwave popcorn and movie theater popcorn, for me, nothing compares to homemade popcorn with real butter and salt!
When I moved out of my parents house (the first time in college), I took my popcorn popper with me. But in the process of moving back in and then back out of my parents' house (the second time after college), my popcorn maker was lost. I've gone for several years without a popcorn maker, but this past Christmas, my mom surprised me with a brand new popcorn maker!
I'm excited to make homemade popcorn again and try some new recipes with my new popcorn maker. This is actually the first recipe that I've made that wasn't just the standard butter and salt popcorn with my new popcorn maker. I already have more recipes lined up to use with the wonderful gadget as well!
I've seen this recipe used with several names: bunny booty, bunny bait, funfetti popcorn, etc. I'm adding my name to it too... bunny tails! The recipe itself has also evolved with the addition of more and more ingredients, from just M&Ms and again with pretzels. I'm adding on to this recipe also, incorporating Whopper Robin eggs as well. (I had the jumbo Whopper Robin eggs on hand, so I just cut them in half.) I loved the addition of the Whoppers because the malt flavor went really well with the white chocolate in the recipe, so I definitely recommending adding them if you have them on hand!
|My popcorn maker, one of my favorite appliances!|
|Whoppers were my favorite!|
|A cute and spring-y snack|
|Close up of the all add-ins|
Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix
1/2 c. unpopped popcorn, popped using popcorn maker (or 2 bags of popped microwave popcorn)
12 oz. white candy melts
1/4 c. butter flavored shortening
2 c. pretzels broken into pieces
12 oz. bag of plain M&Ms (used pastel colored for Easter, other colors for other holidays)
1/2 of a 10 oz. bag of Whopper Robin Eggs (mini ones are probably best, but cut the jumbo ones in half if that's all you have)
sprinkles in assorted spring colors
Place popcorn (make sure you take out unpopped kernels), pretzels, and candies in a large bowl and mix together well.
Heat the white candy melts and the shortening together until they are melted. You can do this on the stove using the lowest heat possibly and continuously stirring. Or you can do this using the microwave, heating at 30 second intervals until they are melted and incorporated together.
After candy melts and shortening are melted, pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly. On two baking sheets lined with wax or parchment paper, fold out popcorn mixture onto the sheets. Sprinkle all the sprinkles you want on top and let sit until the chocolate hardens and cools.
Once cool, you can put in a bowl and serve or put in little goodie bags to give away!