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{DIY} Moose Munch

I have these two friends, Harry and David.
We’re not really as close as I’d like to be.
There’s the issue of money, of course. It costs a pretty penny to be much in company with those guys.
And they’re pretty high-falutin’ and fancy. Which I’m really not.
Frankly, they’re just a little too high maintenance for a gal like me to keep up with.
But I still crave their company.

In the form of Moose Munch.
So I’ve put together my own recipe, and I think it’s better! But, please, don’t tell the boys. I’d hate to hurt anyone’s feelings. :)
Please take note: I had all these wonderful plans to include M&Ms and almonds (or almond M&Ms!) and maybe a white chocolate drizzle (so many options!). But I got totally impatient and decided to go ahead and make this before my trip to the store. Just sayin’…

{DIY} Moose Munch
Recipe inspired by: Shanna Keaton


  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 – 2 bags popped popcorn
  • chocolate chips, nuts, M&Ms, etc. to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300º.
  2. Remove all unpopped kernels from popcorn and pour popcorn into a bowl.
  3. Meanwhile: Combine butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a stead rate for 4 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  5. Pour caramel over popcorn and stir to coat.
  6. Spread onto greased cookie sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes (10 for chewy, 15 for crunchy).
  7. Remove from oven and add toppings. Let cool briefly before returning to bowl. (Or you can let it cool completely if you don’t want the chocolate to smudge… but where’s the fun in that??)
PS- I bought the popcorn containers at Target for $1!!
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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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73 Responses to “{DIY} Moose Munch”

  1. MySweetCreations posted on September 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm (#)

    That looks so good right now! Beautiful pictures!

  2. Anna posted on September 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm (#)
  3. Modern Wivelyhood posted on September 14, 2011 at 3:54 am (#)

    Looks delicious! I’m excited to browse around your cute site! Following you back!

  4. Rachel posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:02 am (#)

    This looks amazing! Love the photos :)

  5. rebekahdawn posted on September 14, 2011 at 10:25 am (#)

    Yum! Looks amazing! My dad would love this…sounds like a good gift idea. :)

  6. marisafrank posted on September 14, 2011 at 10:33 am (#)

    That looks delicious. I love Moose Munch! I moved to Oregon a few years ago and just happen to be a few minutes from the Harry and David Headquarters. That can be very expensive for me. My kids would love to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jennifer posted on September 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm (#)

    I came across your blog on This Chick Cooks and I love your post! I LOVE Moose Munch! YUM! I’m a new follower too!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to’s! { open through Wednesday! }

  8. Lindsay posted on September 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm (#)

    Oh my, this looks delicious! What a great recipe. I must try this. I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on September 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm (#)

    I’m totally making this really soon. Love love love!

  10. Jenn posted on September 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm (#)

    This is all over Pinterest! I love it. Gourmet popcorn is always delicious.

  11. Something Swanky posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm (#)

    @Jenn That’s so fun! I love being pinned!

  12. kyleen posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm (#)

    I love Harry and David’s too! But they don’t have stores up here in Canada so I only get to shop there when I go on vacation. I love your pictures; the popcorn containers are such a cute touch.

  13. DANIELLE-HUGS and COOKIES XOXO posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm (#)


  14. Avital posted on September 15, 2011 at 4:17 am (#)

    Just found your blog and love the look of this recipe! Is there a good substitute for corn syrup?

  15. Something Swanky posted on September 15, 2011 at 9:29 am (#)

    @AvitalYes! We actually just had to use a substitute last time we made it. It’s just equal parts of water and sugar. It won’t be as glossy, but it works. Just mix them together in a cup or bowl and let the sugar dissolve as much as it can. The longer it sits, the more like corn syrup it looks.

  16. Debi posted on September 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm (#)

    Oh How I Love This! Thank You So Much for sharing on Recipes For My Boys……Thursday’s Treasures! <3 and Hugs!

  17. Jennifer posted on September 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm (#)

    Sounds delish! And I am with you, I H & D COULD be my best friends, but. . . . Featuring this on my blog today!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  18. Coley posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! Mmmmm mmmmmm!

  19. sstone posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm (#)

    Oh boy, this looks so good! I love doing fun stuff with popcorn. I’m new follower from Happy Hour.:)

  20. Teri@thefreshmancook posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm (#)

    This looks just as good as those other guys! Can’t wait to try it! I linked to you from Sweet Tooth Friday. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe!

  21. Moogie posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm (#)

    Love the name!!!!

  22. Not Your Ordinary Agent posted on September 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm (#)

    Ashton, this is such a great name! love it! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Firday!

  23. Kitty posted on September 17, 2011 at 9:41 am (#)

    This looks DELICIOUS!!! I’d love for you to link up to this weeks Saturday Show-off!

  24. Amy posted on September 18, 2011 at 1:01 am (#)

    YUM!!! This looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I’m your newest follower :)

  25. Kim McCallie posted on September 18, 2011 at 11:25 am (#)

    I don’t think you needed to add anything else. IT looks perfect as-is. I’ve got some of the little popcorn boxes from the dollar store that I’ve been wanting to use. This recipe will be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  26. Kelli @ RTSM posted on September 19, 2011 at 10:03 am (#)

    Yum! I bet it is so good, and I know the kiddos would love to have m&m’s mixed in:) I love the popcorn container…we have a few at our house too:)

  27. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts posted on September 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm (#)

    We all have a few frenemies like that. :-) Hehe. They are such bad influences. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Joy of Desserts, Ashton. It’s definitely better all around when made at home.

  28. Robyn Rasmussen posted on September 20, 2011 at 8:21 am (#)

    Wow! This looks so good. . .It’s been pinned for future reference! :)
    So glad to have found and started following your lovely blog from Simply Designing Link party!
    -Robyn from

  29. Meg@MegaCrafty posted on September 20, 2011 at 10:31 am (#)

    Looks delicious- can’t wait to try it!

  30. Shandra Lenae posted on September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am (#)

    Harry and David are also my frenemies. I don’t think it was such a good idea to stumble upon this tempting recipe that I now must make!

  31. Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy posted on September 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm (#)

    Wow these look delicious! You have just encouraged me to get off the couch and go find something yummy to eat! :) THanks for sharing the recipe….visiting from gunnysack!

  32. Allison @ Alli 'n Son posted on September 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm (#)

    This would be so dangerous at my house! I love this stuff.

    Thanks for stopping by Sweet Tooth Friday!

  33. Brandy K posted on September 21, 2011 at 9:23 am (#)

    OH snap! I looooove Moose Munch!!! Thanks for posting this recipe. I can’t wait to make it!

  34. Tanya posted on September 23, 2011 at 11:09 am (#)

    I featured this on my Friday Favorites today. Come over and check it out! Happy Friday to you :)

  35. Melissa @IWasBornToCook posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm (#)

    LOVE this!

  36. Melissa @IWasBornToCook posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm (#)

    Oh, and I’m a new follower :)

  37. Tonia @ posted on September 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm (#)

    Looks pretty darn delish! I love popcorn of almost any flavor! Thanks for sharing at last Monday’s What’s In The Gunny Sack!

  38. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon posted on September 27, 2011 at 12:20 am (#)

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  39. Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon posted on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 am (#)

    Wowzers! This looks too yummy for words. Delicious!! I would love it if you would stop by and share this recipe at my linky party!

  40. DANIELLE-HUGS and COOKIES XOXO posted on October 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm (#)


  41. Dana posted on October 8, 2011 at 2:02 am (#)

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I love Moose Munch :) I added a link to this post on my blog too.

  42. Nicole posted on November 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm (#)

    Do you know how long this will stay good for?

  43. Something Swanky posted on November 16, 2011 at 9:09 am (#)

    @Nicole At the risk of completely grossing you out– my roommates and I made this when we were in college. We put the leftovers in a ziplock bag and someone ended up throwing it on top of the fridge. Months later, we re-discovered it and ate it (I know, I know…) and it tasted just fine. Now, I don’t think I’d recommend doing THAT, but I think I can safely say as long as it’s in a sealed bag, it can last for a little while…

    And I think you should make it a little crispier (which would be baking it about 1-2 minutes longer) if you want to store it for any amount of time.

    Hope that helps. …and that you don’t think I’m super gross!

  44. Crafting Rebellion posted on November 21, 2011 at 1:19 am (#)

    I featured this on my site :)

  45. Sam @ The Junk House posted on December 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm (#)

    I just made this and it’s amazing! I topped mine with crushed semi-sweet chocolate chips and a white chocolate drizzle. I made it for Christmas gifts, but I might eat it all myself before then! Thanks for the great recipe!

  46. Ashley Nichole Frandsen posted on February 8, 2012 at 3:28 am (#)

    do you use butter microwave popcorn??

  47. Dee posted on February 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm (#)

    I had never even hear of Moose Munch before. This turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.

  48. Mom25Nations posted on March 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm (#)

    I am from Medford OR, which is H & D headquarters and I love Moose Munch. They have so many different types also.

  49. Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:19 am (#)

    I featured this today on my Christmas in July blog Celebration.

    I have a featured button if you’d like

  50. Becky posted on July 14, 2012 at 12:14 am (#)

    I just made this for family movie night. And I’m in LOVE! Thank you so much. YUMMMM!

  51. momoftwo posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm (#)

    Amazing love it I made it for a special treat in kids lunchboxes they are gonna looove it <3 thanks for sharing!!

  52. Beverly posted on October 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm (#)

    I am also a Moose Munch aholic! Can’t wait to try this! My favorite is a seasonal White Chocolate Cranberry, any suggestions on how to make it myself?

    • Ashton posted on November 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm (#)

      I’ll work on it :)

  53. Sarah posted on November 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#)

    I just made this recipe… and now my apartment smells AMAZING and I have a treat that 1. is super delicious 2. won’t go bad/fall apart on my long drive to my family’s house tomorrow and 3. is something different than the regular cakes/pies/cookies. Triple win. I added dark chocolate covered pretzels and mini reeses cups to mine… holy yum, batman!!

  54. Karla posted on November 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm (#)

    OH Yeah! my daughter & I just went to H & D. she bought some moose munch, it was awesome. but spendy. now with this recipe, I can make some for my Christmas baskets!!! thanks so much!

    I love browsing through your recipes, they all look so yummy.

  55. Courtney Smith posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:37 am (#)

    I added salted pretzel rods before I baked it. It was amazing. Just saying.

    I’m assuming also by “bags” you mean microwave popcorn?

  56. Karen Gfroerer posted on December 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm (#)

    I just made this snack and it is fabulous! I added milk choc. chips, slivered almonds and mini marshmallows. I doubled the butter/sugar amounts as the size of popcorn bags wasn’t specified. When I made it I felt it didn’t cover well enough so I quick made a second bactch and drizzled over before I baked it. I think it’s a new fave!

  57. Karen posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm (#)

    What size bags of popcorn

    • Ashton posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am (#)

      I feel like the standard size is somewhere around 3.5 oz :)

  58. Penny posted on January 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm (#)

    sounds delish…one question though…do you use microwave popcorn? I usually pop myself – so just wondering and if so – what kind, etc.?

    • Ashton posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm (#)

      This recipe was written using microwave popcorn, but I think I found that 3 1/2 cups is about right of air popped. It’s not exact, so you can add more popcorn as you like :)

  59. Laurie posted on February 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm (#)

    This turned out perfectly! I made this as a snowed-in treat during the blizzard! Perfect sweet and salty mix that works well with a warm drink. Now to settle in to a Harry Potter marathon while munching on my moose munch :)

  60. Marissa posted on July 9, 2013 at 10:00 am (#)

    Can you tell me approximately how many servings this makes? I would like to make a big batch for a party. Thanks!

    • Ashton posted on July 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm (#)

      4-6 servings depending on how much everyone likes to eat :) (4 servings would be about 2 cups per person)

  61. wendy posted on December 2, 2014 at 11:56 am (#)

    Do you melt the chocolate before putting on? Is that at the every end after baking?

  62. melissa posted on December 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm (#)

    Could you please share what type of chocolate you use?  Fancy-Schmancy?  Melted chocolate chips- Hershey/Nestle?  Almond Bark? Other?  Thanks so much and thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Ashton posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm (#)

      I usually use Hershey’s Baking Melts. You can find them next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle :)


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