When it comes to Christmas presents, I’ve never been big on gifting things. For my close friends and family, I love to put a date on the calendar for a nice dinner or brunch out and make it about spending time together.

That said, I do love the gesture of giving a little something yummy to friends and co-workiers — a batch of chai hot chocolate mix, holiday simmer jars, a batch of cookies. The key with all of them is that they don’t take me all day to make and are easy to double and triple for large quantities. This year… popcorn is on deck!

I have more than one friend who claims that they could “live on popcorn” and even more who told me they sometimes eat popcorn for dinner — it’s truly a crowd favorite.

It’s incredibly snackable, and thanks to the many flavors that have started to line the shelves of grocery stores, it seems that the ways to eat popcorn are truly endless. Kernels are the perfect blank canvas to build upon, and for this holiday season, I’m making three batches to bag up and share with my people.

Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

  • Popcorn
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coconut Oil
  • Candy Canes
  • Chocolate Candies
  • Peppermint Chocolate Bark
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Salt

Zesty Masala Popcorn

  • Melted Ghee
  • Garam Masala
  • Chaat Masala
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Salted Peanuts
  • Indian Snack Mix

Salty Caramel Popcorn Mix

  • Caramel
  • Peanut Butter
  • Toffee Chocolate Pretzels
  • Pecans
  • Chocolate Candy
  • Salt

Each of these combos ticks off a box on the flavor list. Some of my friends are all in when it comes to sweet and chocolatey, so for them, Chocolate Peppermint will bring the holiday feels. For my adventurous friends, I’m doing a tangy and spicy Masala version. And for my friends who like to keep things classic, I went for a Sweet and Salty mix that has a little extra crunch.

After testing, fresh popped popcorn makes for better texture if you’re gifting the day of. But if you’re making a big batch to gift out over the holidays, prepackaged and popped works great if you keep the popcorn in a sealed container for freshness.

The possibilities are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any of these. I’d love to hear your popcorn flavor combo ideas in the comments. Happy gifting!

Easy Popcorn Recipes

Serves 4

Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

ingredients


  • 1 bag of salted popcorn
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • heaping 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 2 candy canes, crushed
  • handful of peppermint bark squares, chopped
  • chocolate candies
  • holiday sprinkles
instructions


  1. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. Pop a bag of popcorn if using fresh popcorn. let the popcorn cool in the bag for a few minutes, then add the cocoa powder into the bag. shake so the kernels get evenly coated. pour the popcorn into an even layer on the sheet.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave in 15 second increments until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn.
  5. Sprinkle over the toppings as desired and set aside until the chocolate has cooled ad solidified.
  6. Pack and enjoy!

Zesty Masala Popcorn

ingredients


  • 1 bag of salted popcorn
  • 2 tbsp of melted ghee
  • 1 tsp of garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp of chaat masala
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder (*add more if you prefer more spice!)
  • salted peanuts
  • Indian snack mix like khatta meeta (optional)
instructions


  1. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. Pop a bag of popcorn if using fresh popcorn. let the popcorn cool in the bag for a few minutes.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt your ghee if it is solid. add the spices to the ghee and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the ghee and spice mix into the popcorn bag an shake until the popcorn is evenly coated.
  5. Pour the popcorn onto the sheet tray and add the peanuts and snack mix. Pack and enjoy!

Salty Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn

ingredients


  • 1 bag of salted popcorn
  • 1/2 cup of store bought salted caramel sauce
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • toffee chocolate covered pretzels
  • chocolate candies
  • salt
instructions


  1. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. Pop a bag of popcorn if using fresh popcorn. Pour into an even layer on the sheet tray.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add your caramel sauce and peanut butter. Microwave in 10 second increments until the caramel sauce and peanut butter have melted and become smooth.
  4. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the popcorn, and add the rest of the toppings over. Add an extra pinch of salt.
  5. Let the caramel set, then pack and enjoy!
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