The Valentine's snack mix of your dreams is here and ready to stuff in goodie bags for all your Valentines. And it's called Cupid Crack.
Ok, before I let you get into reading anymore, I'm going to give you a glimpse at just how fun it is to make this stuff (check out my video below)!
There you have it, Cupid Crack. I know, I know. That's a cute and cheeky name. To be honest, it was inspired by the popular "Christmas Crack" from What's Gaby Cooking. But it fits because once you start eating this stuff, it's a little difficult to stop. Which is why when you make Cupid Crack, you have Valentine treat bags at the ready so that as soon as the chocolate on your popcorn mix is set, you can hastily bag it up for distribution to all of your favorite peeps on Valentine's Day. But certainly, save a bag for yourself! A little self-love is a part of loving others well, am I right???
For me, white chocolate has its time and place. White chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate Reese's cups, and Hello Dolly's. It can taste cloyingly sweet to me, which is why a hint of peanut butter can be a very good thing to balance out the sweetness. And a salty element is always welcome!
For the popcorn in this recipe, I used a Whirly Pop to pop the corn. My Whirly Pop is a treasured birthday gift from my mom and dad - it makes the BEST popcorn! And my cute Valentine's sprinkle mix is from Target, but I've been swooning over the Sweetheart and Love Affair sprinkle mixes from Sweetapolita on Etsy! Her "Make Me Blush" sprinkle gift pack would be a perfect V-Day gift for the baker in your life (hint hint to Ryan, ha!).
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- 10 cups popped popcorn (I use a Whirly Pop to pop mine!)
- 3 cups pretzel twists broken into pieces
- 1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips (recommended: Guittard or Ghirardelli)
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter recommended: a natural no-stir
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Festive red pink, white, and purple sprinkle mix of choice
- Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
- Combine the popcorn and pretzel pieces into a very large bowl or two medium-sized bowls.
- Place a small amount of water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Make a makeshift double boiler by placing the white chocolate chips in a bowl that will fit on the top of your saucepan (the water in the pan should just touch the bottom of your bowl). Heat the chips, stirring often with a heatproof rubber spatula, until they are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and salt with the spatula until combined.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from heat and pour over the popcorn mixture. Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until all the popcorn and pretzel pieces are coated with chocolate.
- Spread the coated popcorn mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. While the mix is still wet with the chocolate, sprinkle a good amount of sprinkles on top to coat. Let the chocolate set for 2 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to two weeks, if it lasts that long!
Shop my tools used to make this recipe and cute Valentine's foodie accessories!