These 3 Fancy Popcorn Recipes Are Perfect for Holiday Parties

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite flavor?

By Suruchi Avasthi

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!

3 easy ways to dress up your popcorn

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.

3 easy ways to dress up your popcorn

Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

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

3 easy ways to dress up your popcorn

Zesty Masala Popcorn

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

3 easy ways to dress up your popcorn

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!

3 easy ways to dress up your popcorn

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