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I made it over the weekend for a kindergarten barbecue we were throwing to meet some new families in our neighborhood, and I had the bowl covered on the kitchen table. I came into the kitchen after putting Des to bed, and Cassidy and Scarlet looked up at me guiltily and giggled. They could NOT resist snacking on my awesome party mix. This is not just any party mix. It’s simple and delicious. It requires a little cooking, but it’s the kind that makes your whole house smell all divine.
Perhaps I need to give you a little history on my love for M&M’S®. It all started with my father’s father – my Grandpa Ben. Some grandfathers hide dollars or quarters in the palm of their hands to gift to their grandchildren, but my grandfather always had a bag of M&M’S® for my sister and me. As I was growing up, I found a deep love for M&M’S® and all of the new flavors they would come out with over the years. I can probably tell you each and every one! When I found out that M&M’S® was making caramel fun again, you could say I was excited! I remember racing to my Walmart to find my own package.
The thing is, M&M’S® Caramel is not your traditional caramel – it has a creamy caramel center covered in milk chocolate and enclosed in a candy shell. This is not just a limited-edition flavor – Caramel will be a permanent addition to the M&M’S® line. Found at Walmart, M&M’S® Caramel is the biggest launch in M&M’S® history, and I can see why! Caramel has been square for far too long, don’t you think? I’m excited that M&M’S® is making caramel fun again! And SO much fun too.
How did they do it? Well, the process took years to perfect, because the “lentil” inside of each M&M’S® Caramel had never been filled with such a soft center before. Their engineers had to figure out how to keep the chocolate at the right consistency so it wouldn’t melt or collapse. I think that attention to detail is so inspiring, because that’s how I work too. I really do notice the amount of effort they put into this amazing new candy. It made me want to create a recipe that would showcase this wonder. I already had a famous popcorn mix recipe that my mom fell in love with last holiday season.
This recipe features a homemade caramel sauce, coated over a mixture of sweet and salty snacks. I created the recipe with M&M’S® in mind, and then decided to enhance it so that it’s built around the wonder of M&M’S® Caramel.
- M&M’S® Caramel Stand-Up Pouch (9.6oz)
- 4-5 cups popped popcorn
- 2 cups crispy corn, rice, wheat, etc. cereal
- 2 cups peanut butter puffs cereal
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1. Line a large baking sheet with wax paper
- 2. Pop your popcorn and set aside in a large mixing bowl
- 3. Mix in the cereals, M&M’S® Caramel Stand-Up Pouch (9.6oz), pretzels, and almonds
- 4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium
- 5. Whisk in flour until smooth (a few minutes)
- 6. Add light brown sugar and corn syrup
- 7. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until smooth (1-2 minutes)
- 8. Add peanut butter and stir until creamy and smooth
- 9. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn mix - stir until evenly coated
- 10. Spread snack over wax paper and cool for at least 30 minutes
What do you think? Will you try my recipe? You will NOT be able to serve this popcorn mix without everyone falling in love with it. It’s really that good. It’s simple enough to make, with that same attention to detail that makes M&M’S® Caramel so effective! That’s why it’s the perfect starring ingredient in my favorite snack or party recipe. I hope you love it too!