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Christmas Popcorn Recipes: Caramel and Flavored Popcorn, Gourmet Gift Tin Ideas, and More

Updated on September 10, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, 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.

Ingredient Options
Corn Syrup
Regular Jello
Vanilla Extract
Brown Sugar
Crushed Candy Canes
Peppermint Extract
Chopped Mini Candy Bars
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
Crushed Cookies
Candy Melts

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

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.

Microwave Popcorn Gift Sleeves

Popcorn bag from Garrett Popcorn Shops.
Popcorn bag from Garrett Popcorn Shops. | Source

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.

6020 82nd St, Castleton Square Mall, Indianapolis, IN 46250, USA

get directions

Garrett Popcorn Shops:
625 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

get directions

Pop-Kies Gourmet Popcorn:
147 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA

get directions

Holiday Popcorn Tins

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! That's great.

      Thanks! I didn't put that up specifically for the holidays, but it is very fitting for them.

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      7 years ago

      Who knew that popcorn was so versatile?! I'm going to enjoy going through these links very much.

      BTW, your holiday profile page background rules! Love it!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Denise! This was a fairly time intensive article to put together, but I think that it will be a great resource for a lot of people.

      I was searching for videos about making gift popcorn tins, but I found that random video instead!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm so glad someone wrote a hub about variations of popcorn as a gift. I was thinking of it and heck, it was too much trouble. You've done a great job with the info here, Rose. I love to give the 'popcorn tin' as a gift and just recently walked through the store racking my brain as to WHO I could send it to, ha ha. Well, maybe Santa will deliver one to our address!

      Loved it-rated UP/I/U/A and where in the heck did you find that very,very bizarre video about the popcorn tin? Freekobrothers for sure! lol

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Prasetio! Take care.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. Thanks for writing the list and I'll check some of them. Have a good day. Voted up and YUMMY!!!!!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Jamie, Om, tlpoague, and indian cooking! I'm glad that so many of these popcorn ideas are so popular.

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      Sonia Sood 

      7 years ago from Mumbai

      LOve Caramel Popcorn!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this list of different popcorn. I have been checking out ideas for gifts. These would be perfect. I can't wait to make some.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Sweet! Thanks for these awesome lists of popcorn recipes and gift ideas. The gingerbread popcorn and popcorn cake sound super enticing to me =D

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing all of these awesome popcorn links.. I forget how popular popcorn is for Christmas.. great hub :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      vespawoolf, yep, you have pretty much every option that you'd need here for homemade or store bought popcorn gifts! You're absolutely right about the caramel popcorn. Enjoy. :)

      Thanks so much, Lilley! That sounds like a great popcorn store.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Wow! What an awesome hub! I LOVE caramel corn. When I was growing up there was a business in Fenwick Island, DE called Fisher's Popcorn which became a landmark because their popcorn was so fabulous.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a very thorough hub. Now we can either buy popcorn or make and wrap it for gifts! Looking down the list, I plan to try the salted caramel almond pretzel. It's easy to carmelize sugar and then it's just a matter of adding the marshmallows and other ingredients. Sounds delicious and simple! Thanks so much for another useful and creative hub.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, alifeofdesign! I'm with you on the sweet-salty combination.

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      Graham Gifford 

      7 years ago from New Hamphire

      Salted caramel popcorn is one of my favorites! The whole sweet-salty-thing ;) Great hub for this time of year.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Adrienne, Susan, Carol, and Thelma! I'm glad that so many of these recipes will go to good use.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Wow! Popcorn in many ways. I will surely try some of them especially the caramel popcorn. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Now we have a million popcorn ideas. Most people seem to love popcorn in any flavor. Thanks for sharing and I will do the same, plus voting Up+++

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      7 years ago

      What a fun collection! My family loves popcorn and will definitely be trying some of these great recipes. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us :) Voted up!

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      7 years ago from Atlanta

      OMG what a wonderful hub of popcorn recipes. Thanks Random! Now I can make my own batch, and it is easy. The video is great. Voted up, and will be bookmarking.


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