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Christmas Popcorn: A Festive Treat to Delight Everyone!

By Emma :

Everyday Culinary Delights👩‍🍳

Christmas Popcorn

Oh, how the holiday season fills the air with joy, warmth, and the irresistible scent of Christmas treats! I can hardly contain my excitement as I share this special recipe with you. This Christmas Popcorn is not just any popcorn—it’s a bowl full of festive cheer, perfect for cozy movie nights by the fire or as a charming gift for loved ones. Thank you for joining me in spreading some holiday magic. I’m truly grateful for your eagerness to try new flavors and create memorable moments around delicious food.

Ingredients

Before we dive into the popping excitement, let’s make sure you have everything you need:

  • 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (for popping)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Red and green sprinkles for that festive touch!

How to Make Christmas Popcorn

  1. Pop the Corn:
    • Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add a few popcorn kernels and cover. Once they pop, add the rest of the kernels in an even layer. Cover and shake the pot occasionally until the popping slows down. Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.
  2. Prepare the Caramel Sauce:
    • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Increase the heat to medium, bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil for 4 minutes without stirring, then remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  3. Combine:
    • Drizzle the caramel sauce over the popcorn, tossing gently to coat evenly. Spread the popcorn on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure even coating.
  5. Add the Extras:
    • Remove the popcorn from the oven. Immediately sprinkle with dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and white chocolate chips. Toss lightly to distribute. Finish with a generous sprinkle of red and green sprinkles.
  6. Cool:
    • Allow the popcorn to cool completely on the baking sheet. The caramel will harden, and the chocolate will set, creating delightful clusters.

Helpful Tips

  • Stir Frequently: Keep the popcorn moving as you coat it with caramel to prevent burning and ensure every piece is perfectly covered.
  • Cool Completely: Patience is key! Let the popcorn cool completely to allow the caramel and chocolate to harden, forming those delicious clusters.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Nut-Free: Omit the pecans and add extra dried fruits like golden raisins or chopped apricots.
  • Vegan: Use vegan butter and dairy-free chocolate chips to cater to dietary preferences without compromising on taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I make this popcorn ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! Christmas Popcorn can be made up to 3 days in advance. Just store it in an airtight container at room temperature.
  2. How do I prevent the popcorn from getting soggy?
    • Ensure your caramel sauce is cooked to the right stage, and don’t cover the popcorn while it cools to avoid trapping steam.

Storage Instructions

Store your Christmas Popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you’re in a humid climate, you might want to keep it in a cool, dry place to prevent stickiness.

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There you have it—a delightful Christmas Popcorn recipe that promises to be anything but boring! Whether you’re snuggling up for a holiday movie or looking for a sweet gift, this popcorn is sure to bring smiles and a sprinkle of Christmas magic. Enjoy crafting these delicious morsels, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

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Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Popcorn: A Festive Treat to Delight Everyone!


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Dive into the holiday spirit with this enchanting Christmas Popcorn! This recipe is all about celebrating the festive season with a sweet, salty, and crunchy treat that’s perfect for sharing. Coated in a delectable caramel sauce and bedecked with white chocolate, cranberries, and a dash of festive sprinkles, this popcorn is your ticket to a jolly holiday mood. Gather your loved ones, pop in a holiday movie, and enjoy this delightful snack!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Red and green sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Popcorn: In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add popcorn kernels, cover, and shake the pot as the kernels pop. Once popping slows, remove from heat and pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  2. Make Caramel Sauce: In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt, stirring until smooth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Combine: Drizzle caramel sauce over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake: Preheat oven to 300°F and bake the popcorn for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Final Touches: Remove from oven, and while still warm, sprinkle with cranberries, pecans, and white chocolate chips. Add festive sprinkles.
  6. Cool: Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet to let the caramel and chocolate set.

Notes

  • Stir the popcorn frequently while baking to ensure an even coat of caramel.
  • Let the popcorn cool completely on the baking tray to help the caramel set and prevent clusters from sticking together.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: Estimated 150 per serving
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

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