Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Zombie Crunch Snack Mix

Bill, my husband, loves to watch shows and movies about zombies. He also loves to eat a snack while watching zombies closing in on the next, horrified victim. When I asked him to help me name this snack mix, I should have known he would want the word "zombie" in the title. 

You can be in the kitchen making a batch of crunchy, salty, sweet, buttery, peppermint chocolate Zombie Crunch Snack Mix while your sweetie watches zombies eat people too.

Prep. Time: About 10 minutes    Cook Time: About 10 minutes
  • 1- 2.9 oz bag of popped Movie Theatre Butter popcorn.
  • 10 oz. of vanilla almond bark, or half a package
  • 1 Tbsp. all vegetable shortening
  • Mini pretzels
  • 2-3 candy canes, broken into small pieces  I put the candy canes into a zip top bag and use my meat tenderizing mallet to break the canes into small pieces. The size depends on your preference. 
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips

  • Place popped popcorn into a large, shallow bowl
  • Add desired amount of mini pretzels, chocolate chips, and broken candy canes on top of the popcorn. No measuring is required. 2 or 3 handfuls of pretzels and a handful of chocolate chips. It is that easy. 
  • Microwave 10 oz. of vanilla almond bark following the package directions.
  • Add 1 Tbsp. of shortening to the melted almond bark and stir until well blended
  • Drizzle half of the melted vanilla almond bark mixture evenly over the popcorn snack mix.
  • Stir gently to lightly coat the popcorn snack mix.
  • Repeat with the remaining half of the vanilla almond bark mixture.
  • Turn the coated popcorn snack mix out into an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet and spread out evenly.
  • Place the cookie sheet in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator for five minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and gently break the clumped mixture into smaller pieces. 
  • Store the Zombie Crunch Snack Mix in zip top bags or a storage bowl with a tightly fitting lid. 

Zombie Crunch Snack Mix spread out on a lined cookie sheet.

After cooling in the freezer for five minutes, the Zombie Crunch Snack Mix is ready to gently break apart and eat. 

Yield: Enough to feed 2 hearty snackers or 3 light snackers