Banana Crunch Popcorn – Baking with Nestle’s Holiday Candy

Chocolate covered banana popcorn

Can anyone else believe that Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are almost here?  Christmas is the time of year when we love to make fun holiday food and give it away to our friends and family.  Last year I started making different flavored chocolate covered popcorns and putting it in a cute tin to give away.  Last week I headed to Walmart to buy some holiday candy to put in a new popcorn.  Have you seen the Nestle holiday candy?  They have the cutest chocolate bells that are great to eat or to bake with.

I decided that the Nestle Crunch Jingles would work perfectly in a new popcorn recipe that I had been wanting to create for this year’s popcorn gifts.  I had my kids help me unwrap the whole bag, and then I chopped them into several pieces.  Yes, we did sneak a few bites.  We love that milk chocolate crunch!

For a fun new twist on chocolate covered popcorn, I decided to add some instant banana pudding mix to the melted white chocolate.  I only used 1/4 c. of the instant dry mix, so that it didn’t overwhelm the chocolate flavor.  I also didn’t want the chocolate to get too gritty from the pudding mix.  I couldn’t stop sneaking pieces of this yummy popcorn as it was setting up in the refrigerator.  It’s a good thing we bagged this up right away because I’m pretty sure it would have been gone in less than an hour.

Chocolate covered banana popcorn

I also decided to try out the recipe from Nestle’s Seasonal Recipes  for Peanut Butter Sleigh Ride Bars while the popcorn was setting up.  Peanut butter and candy in a cookie bar is a winner in our house every time.  Make sure you check out that website because there are so many yummy looking recipes to choose from.  These bars were gone before the afternoon was over.

Butterfinger peanut butter bars

I bought some cute glass tree jars from Walmart to put the popcorn in for some of our friends. The jars come in two different sizes, but for the popcorn I bought the smaller one. I think next time, I am buying the larger jars because that means I will have less popcorn left at home for me to munch on.

chocolate covered banana popcorn

What do you like to bake and give away at the holidays?

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Banana Crunch Popcorn

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10 cups popcorn

Banana Crunch Popcorn

White chocolate covered popcorn made with banana pudding mix and Nestle Crunch pieces

Ingredients

8 c. popped popcorn
1 1/4 c. white chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. shortening
2 c. miniature marshmallows
1/4 c. instant dry banana pudding mix
1 (9 oz.) bag Nestle Crunch Jingles, chopped
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. shortening
sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine the popcorn and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan combine the white chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp. shortening over medium heat. Stir continuously until melted. Add the pudding mix and stir completely. Pour over the popcorn and toss until completely coated. Pour in the chopped Crunch pieces and toss again. Spread out on a wax paper lined tray and refrigerate until set.
  3. Place chocolate chips and 1 tsp. shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted. Place in a plastic bag and cut the tip off. Drizzle over set popcorn and add sprinkles. Let set. Keep in a sealed container.
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Comments

    • Jocelyn says

      It will keep for about a week in a sealed container…although we always eat it before the week is up. I am giving this away now because of the post, but I will make more closer to Christmas too.

  1. says

    Jocelym, I was all set just to say something nice like, ooohh, this looks so pretty. After all your title says banana. I don’t do banana, but pudding mix might be another story. I buy the bells every year, and the eggs at easter. Just something about the cute shapes makes them taste better!
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  2. says

    I love that you’re so fearless and creative in the kitchen, Jocelyn! I want the entire batch of this fun popcorn. Adding banana pudding to the white chocolate is such a BRILLIANT idea and I can only imagine how delish this tastes on its own, but I can’t help but imagine possibilities with pb cups thrown in (I can’t help that I have the mind of a food blogger, haha). What a great gift idea!
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  3. says

    Jocelyn,
    You are a genus for sure in the kitchen! I can’t wait to try the Banana Crunch Popcorn. YUM. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful rest of the week
    Michelle

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