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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 Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

73 comments on “{DIY} Moose Munch”

  1. That looks so good right now! Beautiful pictures!

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

  3. This looks amazing! Love the photos :)

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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! }


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


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

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

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

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

  14. @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.

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

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

  17. This looks amazing! Mmmmm mmmmmm!

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

  19. 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!

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

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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:)

  25. 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.

  26. 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 http://www.tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  27. Looks delicious- can’t wait to try it!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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

    Thanks for stopping by Sweet Tooth Friday!

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

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

  33. Oh, and I’m a new follower :)

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

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  36. 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! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html


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

  39. Do you know how long this will stay good for?

  40. @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!

  41. 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!

  42. do you use butter microwave popcorn??

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

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

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

    I have a featured button if you’d like

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

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

  48. 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?

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  50. 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!!

  51. 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.

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

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

  53. 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!

  54. What size bags of popcorn

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

    • 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 :)

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  59. 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 :)

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

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

  63. 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.

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