This Candied Puff Corn is a delicious sweet and salty treat! Sometimes called Christmas Crack, it’s a super easy, affordable treat for gift-giving!
Y’all, this Candied Puff Corn is like an addiction. I know why some folks call it Christmas Crack. It’s a super easy, no-bake holiday treat that satisfies my sweet and salty craving quite like no other.
Essentially, you coat butter flavored puff corn in vanilla or white chocolate candy coating. That’s it. Super simple. Crazy easy. And stupid delicious.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can add some colorful sprinkles or even stir in some add-ins like M&Ms, pretzels, cereal, and the list goes on…
What’s really great about this, too, is how affordable it is. Typically, the puff corn runs about $2 per bag, and my local Walmart has the candy coating for less than $5. This makes it such a fun, inexpensive, and delicious sweet and salty snack to gift to neighbors and friends!
What is puff corn?
Whether it’s spelled puff corn or puffcorn, it’s like a little bit of magic in the snack world! Imagine a kernel of corn decided to dress up in its puffiest puffer jacket – that’s puff corn for you. Unlike popcorn, which pops from the inside out when heated, puff corn is oven baked and made from cornmeal that’s been heated and pressurized to “puff” up into light, airy pieces.
It’s a real treat, especially for those who aren’t fans of the pesky hulls and hard kernels you sometimes get with traditional popcorn. Plus, puff corn is incredibly versatile. You can find it plain or flavored in the chip aisle of your grocery store.
Now, here’s the best part – puff corn is a canvas for culinary creativity. Think of it as a base for a snack mix, drizzle it with chocolate for a sweet twist, or incorporate it into your favorite savory snack recipes.
Now Get Creative!
Once you’ve got the basic formula down, you can get creative with it. Swap the vanilla candy coating for chocolate. Mix in some other things like M&Ms, pretzels, cereal, etc. You could even add some flavored oils to the candy coating to give them different flavors. I was thinking birthday cake, lemon, or even strawberry. Just be sure you’re using oils and not flavorings or extracts. Those will cause your chocolate to seize up.
Candied Puff Corn (Christmas Crack)
- 2 (3.5-ounce) bags butter flavored puff corn (I used Chester's Puffcorn)
- 1 (16-ounce) box vanilla flavored candy coating
- Add the puff corn to a very large pan or bowl. Spread two large sheets of wax paper out onto the counter.
- Melt the candy coating in the microwave according to the package instructions. Drizzle it over the puff corn. Quickly stir to combine and coat the puff corn. Spread the mixture out on the wax paper in a single layer. Add colorful sprinkles, if desired. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.