A healthier snack mix that the kids will love and will have fun making! A gluten-free, vegan, easy recipe for Circus Popcorn! Loaded with allergy-free Rainbow Rocks, sprinkles. peanuts, apple, and of course, fresh popcorn, all baked in the oven! Perfect for any kid-friendly party!
With Halloween on the horizon and everything “sweet and fun”, “tricks and kicks” taking center stage, fun and easy recipes are essential to start stockpiling! Snacking recipes like this always remind me of parties held at friends’ houses for little celebrations like Halloween. I didn’t start going to Halloween parties until high school, so maybe I’m wrong here! Regardless, fun snacks are needed for any party and at whatever age the party-goers are!
Let me give you a bit of backstory to this little mix of mine. The reason this “trail mix” is baked is because it was supposed to be popcorn granola. It’s a thing, it wasn’t just a stroke of random genius, but I wanted to try it for myself. It just didn’t work out very well and the popcorn didn’t seem to take to baking very well. Instead, I got more creative and fun to make this party-poppin’ mix instead! I’m glad this was the result, anyway!
I went a little crazy with the random add-ins. Let’s take a look! Freedom Foods Rainbow Rocks cereal (allergy-free and healthy fruity pebbles!), roasted peanuts, Sprinklz, vegan caramel, freeze-dried apple, some spices and of course the fresh popcorn which I made with my lovely popcorn maker!
Can you believe this is my first popcorn recipe on the blog? I love popcorn, that’s why I got this snazzy air popper for Christmas last year! Have you ever tasted FRESH popcorn before? Wow! The stuff will blow your mind! It literally tastes so fresh and clean…natural. I just pop some organic popcorn kernels (or local) with nothing else. No salt, vegan butter, nothing.
However, the key to making my perfect popcorn preferences complete is to let it get a bit stale. Once I pop those kernels, I usually let them sit in a plastic bag for a few days. Of course I much some fresh and hot, but I do enjoy some stale non-flavored popcorn (call me crazy)! To me, it’s just really good! This fun little gluten-free recipe for Circus Popcorn is far from plain, though! Those sweet Rainbow Rocks and yummy tummy roasted peanuts….SO GOOD! I don’t mind some creative popcorn eating every now and again 😉
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Pop enough kernels for 6 fresh cups of popcorn (you'll have extra) and add it to a very large bowl.
- Add in all the ingredients to the bowl of popcorn, except the Rainbow Rocks cereal and mix it all together.
- Spread out the mixture on a parchment paper or Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, give it a stir and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, add the Rainbow Rocks cereal, and give it one last mix!
- Store in sealed plastic bags and air-tight jars.
Toss this Circus Popcorn (I don’t know where the name came from, but sprinkles, peanuts, and popcorn reminded me of a circus) in a huge bowl and set it on the table for some kid-friendly party snacking! I’d say this is a Halloween treat that’s just a smidge better than gallons of sugar, artificial flavors, or colors 😉 You could even add in some chocolate chips too! That would be mighty delicious!
So tell me:
+ Were Halloween parties a big thing when you were in school? Not until high school.
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