This is a guest post from Gina of Kleinworth & Co.
This time of year having simple, “go-to” holiday treats is essential. With all there is to do over the course of a couple months who has time to spend all day in the kitchen? But I do believe that homemade food gifts are some of the most special gifts you can give. They are sentimental & definitely from the heart. In my opinion, if a gift isn’t from the heart, then there is no point in giving it at all. Everyone wants something that the giver is truly excited to give to them. But that doesn’t mean complicated recipes or a lot of time or money spent. As long as love & care goes into it, the recipient can see & feel that. Like this White Chocolate Holiday Popcorn I make with my kids every year.
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It’s a tradition we started years ago when we moved far away from family. You see, for many years a particular family member would give us a tin of popcorn along with our gifts. When we moved it became an item that was just too large to ship to us & it quickly was omitted from the package. While it’s just a $5 tin of flavored popcorn that I could pick up just about anywhere, it was the fact that it was a gift from someone who knew just how much we loved certain flavors of popcorn that made it special. Now, I have to admit, my favorite flavor popcorn is cheese. But I have been unsuccessful in recreating that distinct flavor myself. So I decided to create my second favorite, white chocolate with some of my favorite candies mixed in too.
Here is what you need:1 bag popped & salted popcorn (approximately 4 cups) 1 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 tbsp shortening 1 cup Holiday M&M’s
Step 1: Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Combine chocolate chips & shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on 50% power in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in-between each round.
Step 2: Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn & toss in about 1/3 of the M&M’s. Mix until the popcorn is evenly coated with the chocolate. Continue adding more M&M’s as you mix. The chocolate will cool & the M&M’s will stick to the popcorn instead of sinking to the bottom of the bowl if you mix them in increments.
If giving as gifts, this would be adorable wrapped in a cellophane bag or in a tiny pail with a gift tag.
If you are not giving this popcorn away as gifts, I recommend enjoying at least a little bit of it right away. The heat from the warm chocolate melts the inside of the M&M’s but keeps the candy coating crisp. So it’s absolute heaven when you bite in. You can store in a paper sack at room temperature.
This is by far one of my all time favorite recipes to make with my kids. They love being in the kitchen with me & getting creative with what sort of mix in’s we will add to the next batch. That’s the best part- you can add your favorite goodies in there or the favorite of your recipient to make it extra personal.
WHITE CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY POPCORN
- 1 bag popped & salted popcorn approximately 4 cups
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 tbsp shortening
- 1 cup Holiday M&M’s
- Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Combine chocolate chips & shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on 50% power in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in-between each round.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn & toss in about 1/3 of the M&M’s. Mix until the popcorn is evenly coated with the chocolate. Continue adding more M&M’s as you mix. The chocolate will cool & the M&M’s will stick to the popcorn instead of sinking to the bottom of the bowl if you mix them in increments.
Preparation time: 3-5 minutes. Cooking time: 3-5 minute(s).
Gina, author of Kleinworth & Co, is a busy homeschooling mom to 3 great kids ages 11-17. She likes to find new ways to make life simple & streamlined on a budget. She loves to share easy DIY projects, fun crafts with the kids & a whole lot of recipes, with a few photography tips sprinkled in occasionally too.