Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch

Yep, this is it, folks….the salty, sweet and sticky snack above ALL snacks! Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch is absolutely addictive, takes only 5 ingredients, and can be ready to rock in mere minutes.

Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch Recipe

A sticky and gooey pile of Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch.

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What to love about this snack mix recipe

  1. It’s everything all rolled up into one: ooey, gooey, salty, sticky, sweet, chewy….and so very ADDICTIVE. Yowza.
  2. It’s super fast and easy to make: melt, toss, spread, sprinkle, and cool.  That’s it.
  3. You can customize it to your liking – add different types of candies, sprinkle with sprinkles, add some dry cereal or crackers….there’s no right or wrong way to make this munch mix.

Ingredients you need to make Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch 

  • Butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Kettle corn (may substitute popcorn or even caramel corn)
  • Kosher salt
  • Snickers candy bars

How to Make Snickers Crunch and Munch 

Kettle corn, marshmallows, and chopped Snickers Bars.Gather up your ingredients! Oops….I forgot to put the butter in this pic.

Marshmallows melting for making Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch.

Pour the kettle corn into a very large mixing bowl. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; let the butter cook until it is golden brown and has a nutty aroma.

Marshmallow mixture poured over kettle corn in a bowl.

Add the mini marshmallows to the melted butter, then remove the pot from the heat, stirring the mixture until the marshmallows are nearly all melted. Quickly pour the warm marshmallow mixture over the kettle corn in the mixing bowl; toss to coat using two large spoons.

Warm Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch ready to spread out to cool on a sheet of foil.

Line two large foil-lined baking sheets with foil; spray liberally with nonstock spray. Spread the warm crunch and munch mixture out over the foil.

Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch with Chocolate Chunks.

Immediately sprinkle generously with a bit of kosher salt and the chunks of Snickers bars, gently pressing them into the warm mixture a bit so they stick. Let the crunch and munch fully cool, then pull it apart a bit to make it easier for guests to grab-and-go when snacking.

**If desired, Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch can also be formed into popcorn balls while the mixture is still warm. 

Answers to Common Questions Asked About This Recipe 

Which tools are helpful when making crunch and munch snack mix? 

A deep mixing bowl – I prefer mixing bowls that have a silicone handle grip and also a silicone bottom. The silicone makes it easier to hold onto the bowl and also keeps it in place better on the counter as you’re working. I also like how this set nests together for storage.

Silicone Spatula Spoons – Of all the tools in my kitchen, silicone spatula spoons are what I use the most. They make stirring and sautéing a breeze and I love all the pretty silicone colors available. Silicone spatula spoons are completely heat-proof so they won’t melt, even when used over high temperatures. I like to have different sizes on hand for different kitchen tasks – soooo handy!

Large stainless steel serving spoons – you’ll need large spoons for tossing the kettle corn with the marshmallow mixture.  I find stainless steel spoons work better for tossing than the silicone spatula spoons since the metal is thinner and causes less damage to the crunch and munch.

Rimmed baking sheet – Heavy-duty bakeware is essential for proper browning. I like aluminum baking sheets with a rimmed edge, 13×18 inches in size.

Why does the recipe instruct to cook the butter to golden brown and nutty in aroma? 

This step is what’s called “browning” the butter.  This adds an extra profile to the crunch and munch that is richer, deeper and more intense in flavor.

How many popcorn balls will this recipe make? 

If you use about 1 cup of kettle corn crunch and munch per popcorn ball, you will get approx. 10 lightly packed popcorn balls out of one batch. To hand out as treats, simply wrap each one in plastic wrap to make it easy.

If I can’t find kettle corn, can I substitute popcorn instead?

Yep, and it works just great.  Follow the recipe exactly the same.  You can also use caramel corn in this recipe, as well.

How should I store this kettle corn treat? 

Ours is usually gone in a flash, but if there’s leftovers, I just pop the crunch and munch into an air-tight container or freezer bags.

 

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**Please note – Chef Alli cannot be held responsible for any long term addictions that this recipe and its ingredients may cause. 😉 

Printable Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch Recipe

A bowl of Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch.

Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch

Yep, this is it, folks....the salty, sweet and sticky snack above ALL snacks! Salted Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch is absolutely addictive, takes only 5 ingredients, and can be ready to rock in mere minutes.  
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 352kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 10 oz. bags mini marshmallows
  • 12 oz bag kettle corn, about 8 cups
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling
  • 4 regular-size Snickers candy bars, cut into small chunks

Instructions

  • Pour the kettle corn into a very large mixing bowl.
  • Place the butter into a large skillet over medium heat; cook until the butter is golden brown and has a nutty aroma, stirring occasionally. Take care not to let the butter burn!
  • Add the marshmallows to the melted butter, then remove the saucepan from heat, stirring until marshmallows are nearly all melted.
  • Immediately pour the prepared marshmallow mixture over the kettle corn in the mixing bowl, gently tossing well, using two large spoons.
  • Line 2 large foil-lined sheet pans with foil; spray the foil liberally with nonstick spray. Spread the prepared crunch and munch over the foil.
    **If preferred, you can also spread the crunch and munch out over a large sheet of foil that has been laid out on the counter; spray with nonstick spray to keep the crunch and munch from sticking.
  • While the crunch and munch is still warm, immediately sprinkle it generously with kosher salt, followed by the Snickers bar chunks, gently pressing them into the warm mixture a bit so they stick.
    **Kettle Corn Crunch and Munch can also be formed into popcorn balls while it is still warm, if preferred.
  • Let the crunch and munch fully cool, then pull it apart a bit to make it easier for guests to grab-and-go when snacking.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn, holidays, kettle corn, popcorn, snack mix

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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