Even though I am calling this “patriotic” puff corn, it really can be made any time of year. I wanted to bring a tasty snack to our weekend at the lake, and the sweetness of almond bark on top of the salty puff corn is the perfect combo. And by adding some red and blue M&M’s you have a festive 4th of July treat.
I couldn’t find just red and blue M&M’s, so I got a bag of regular Mini M&M’s and had my son help me separate them. He had a blast separating the colors, but that is probably because he quickly realized that the orange, brown, yellow and green ones were free for the taking.
While making this recipe I didn’t have a large enough bowl to fit all of the puff corn, so I split it up into two batches. So if you have a bowl that large enough you don’t need to melt the almond bark in two batches like I did.
Start by placing half of the vanilla almond bark in a large microwave safe bowl. Break them up into bricks so they melt easier and faster.
If your microwave has a melt chocolate setting use that, otherwise just microwave it and regularly take the bowl out and stir.
Next pour half of the puff corn into the bowl. Once the puff corn is in the bowl gently stir it around to start coating it with the melted almond bark.
After the puff corn is nicely coated, pour it out on wax paper. Next, repeat the previous steps melt the other half of the almond bark and then gently stir in the remaining puff corn. Pour onto wax paper once fully coated.
To give the puff corn the Patriotic look add in the red and blue M&Ms. You can either dump them in while you are stirring the puff corn and almond bark in the bowl, however if you use this method you need to be careful that the almond bark isn’t too hot because then M&M’s will melt and you will have a brown, chocolate mess. The second option is to sprinkle the M&M’s over the puff corn once you have it laying on wax paper. But you need to be sure to sprinkle the M&Ms right away, otherwise the almond will be too dry and the M&M’s won’t stick to it. I sprinkled the M&Ms on once it was on the wax paper, but I made sure to sort of press them into the almond bark to make sure they would stick.
I hope you enjoy this, it is a tasty sweet and salty treat!