Christmas Popcorn Recipes: Caramel and Flavored Popcorn, Gourmet Gift Tin Ideas, and More
Popcorn is a wonderful snack or dessert that is easy to make for Christmas gifts as well as Christmas parties. The next time you are hosting an event or looking for a simple gift to give, consider caramel popcorn, seasonally flavored popcorn (i.e. peppermint), or popcorn balls. Don't forget to package it in a holiday tin or other festive packaging. Have a great holiday!
There are a number of popular Christmas popcorn ingredients that you can mix and match for different recipes.
Crushed Candy Canes
Chopped Mini Candy Bars
There are a wide variety of holiday specific popcorn recipes out there. Of course you don't need to feel limited to these as there are lots of other popcorn options, too. However, you'll have plenty to choose from without going elsewhere. Once you have grown comfortable with preparing popcorn desserts and snacks, you'll be able to start customizing them to make them truly your own. Consider experimenting with different options from the ingredients list on the right.
Christmas Popcorn Recipes
- Butter Toffee Popcorn. This recipe has just the right combination of sweet and salty. The nuts also give it some extra crunch.
- Caramel Popcorn. You'll get a caramel flavor from marshmallows and brown sugar.
- Caramel Popcorn Balls. People will always get a kick out of classic popcorn balls. This recipe includes caramel.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn. Peanut butter might not be most people's first choice for Christmas, but is it ever a bad time of year to pull out a great peanut butter recipe?
- Fancy Caramel Popcorn. This popcorn gets an extra crunch from pretzels and has a great aesthetic with both white and milk chocolate.
- Fruity Candy Popcorn. This popcorn gets its fruity flavor from Jello. Pick any flavor that you like. Just make sure that you get a regular variety instead of a sugar free one.
- Gingerbread Popcorn. If this won't get you into the holiday spirit, I don't know what will.
- Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn. There is just an ingredient list and not a full recipe here, but the concept is pretty self-explanatory. Be prepared for a seriously sweet treat.
- Peppermint Bark Popcorn. Peppermint is one of the classic flavor choices for Christmas.
- Peppermint Cookies & Cream Popcorn. This is one for the Oreo cookie lovers.
- Popcorn Cake. If popcorn balls aren't enough for you, take it up another notch with a popcorn cake.
- Popcorn Christmas Trees. Instead of making popcorn balls, why not make popcorn Christmas trees?
- Popcorn with White Chocolate and M&Ms. Any kind of M&Ms will work just fine for this recipe, but Christmas M&Ms are a fun choice for the season.
- Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn. Go the extra mile and opt for almonds instead of peanuts.
- Spiced Sugar Christmas Popcorn. Instead of making a really sweet popcorn, opt for something with classic spices.
- Traditional Popcorn Balls. A touch of food coloring will add a seasonal touch to any popcorn recipe.
- White Chocolate and Peppermint Covered Popcorn. This popcorn recipe has a lovely pink color.
How to Make Caramel Popcorn at Home
Popcorn Gift Ideas
Now that you've made your popcorn, if you'll be giving it as gifts, it's time to package it. There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple. A cellophane bag with a Christmas gift tag will go a long way. I've also included some free printables and other packaging ideas.
- Christmas Gift Tag. You can use this gift tag for numerous gifts, but of course, it's perfect for food gifts.
- Christmas Wrappers. These wrappers are available in a couple different sizes and color combinations.
- Microwave Popcorn Gift. Today's Fabulous Finds has a fun way to package a simple box of microwave popcorn.
- Printable Movie Night Popcorn Bag. Erin has a great free printable movie night bag for gifting popcorn as well as a recipe for candy cane popcorn bark.
- Snowman Popcorn Wrappers. Whimsie Doodles offers cute, simple popcorn wrappers with snowman for you to download and print.
- Snowman Popcorn Wrappers II. If you're looking for another popcorn wrapper option, The Littlest Scholars also has a cute printable.
Microwave Popcorn Gift Sleeves
Great Places to Buy Gourmet Popcorn
- Garrett Popcorn Shops. Garrett has been a Chicago tradition since 1949. They also have New York and Las Vegas locations as well as six international locations. Shop online for Chicago items, seasonal merchandise, and goodies for weddings and corporate events.
- Popcornopolis. Shop at 13 locations around the country or order online. They offer seasonal products, popcorn tins, and gourmet gift baskets.
- Pop-Kies. Shop one of the largest selections of popcorn flavors that you'll find anywhere with over 40 different selections.
- Poptions. This is another place to find a wide selection of unique popcorn flavors. They offer lots of single and 3 way tin options.
Holiday Popcorn Tins
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