Christmas Popcorn

This year I’ve baked enough to feed everyone on my street, but somehow when I turned around tonight, there’s nary a cookie in sight. Pressed for time, I wanted something fast and easy to make for my daughter’s classmates. All 20-something of them.

I had purchased some cute little popcorn boxes at Creative Bag for just this reason. Here’s the Christmassy popcorn we’re sending in to school:

White Chocolate Popcorn
1C white chocolate melting wafers (I find them at Bulk Barn)
1tsp coconut or vegetable oil
8C popped popcorn
candy decorations (sprinkles, nonpareils, anything tiny)

Spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet. I like to line mine with parchment paper first to avoid the messy cleanup later.

 Add the oil to the wafers and melt. I use the microwave, in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. (It usually takes about a minute.) Once smooth, you’re ready to drizzle it over the popcorn.

While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle your candy on top. You can mix the popcorn to be sure it’s all evenly covered with chocolate and candy, too.

Voilà! A super simple, delicious and pretty Christmas treat. Here are some other flavours I made. . .

Peppermint Marshmallow Popcorn

2C mini marshmallows
1tbs butter
2 tsp peppermint extract
8C popped popcorn
candies for sprinkling

As before, spread the popped popcorn in a single layer on a lined counter or cookie sheet.

To melt the marshmallows, put them in a microwave-safe bowl, along with the butter. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, till they become a smooth consistency.

Stir in the peppermint extract.

Drizzle the mixture over popcorn, being sure it’s evenly coated. This is REALLY sticky, but will be less so once it has cooled.

 While still sticky, sprinkle any kind of tiny candy over the popcorn to give it some festive colour.
 The end result is a sweet, slightly-sticky, pepperminty delight!

Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn

8C popped popcorn
1C milk chocolate melting wafers (my photo shows a mix of white and milk chocolates because I was using up my supply… also totally yummy!)
1 tsp coconut or vegetable oil
3 tbs crushed candy canes (they sell this at Bulk Barn, but obviously you can also just crush your own)

Follow the same melting instructions as before.
Drizzle over the popcorn.

Then, while the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with crushed candy cane.

 This is the end result:
To give them to the kids, I packaged them in the cute popcorn boxes, then popped them into a cellophane bag with ribbon. I’ll label them later, with a note from my daughter and the ingredient list for parents.

I did sneak in another flavour (I realised I was somehow 12 boxes short, oops!) today, too. But I don’t have pictures to share.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn

8C popped popcorn
1C brown sugar
1/4C butter
2 tbs cinnamon

Combine sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan and simmer till bubbling. Once bubbling, remove from heat and drizzle over the popcorn. Let cool before eating. This is by far my favourite, any time of year.

Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Christmas Popcorn

  1. Cinnamon Sugar popcorn is a popular snack for my guys to take to school on Friday Fun Days (yes, this is a thing, basically a ploy to make parents feel inadequate about the special lunch making skills).

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