Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Popcorn Mix

I love to give handmade gifts, but often run out of time in the holiday season. Giving food gifts is a wonderful way to give inexpensive handmade gifts with much less time investment – you can easily make bulk items that you can give to many people in no more time than it takes to make one gift.
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This year I made a homemade popcorn mix to give our neighbors, the mailman, the milkman, teachers at my son’s school and other friends. It is ridiculously addictive and super easy to make in a big batch.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn
Ingredients:
1-1/2 Cups Popcorn Kernels (yields about 9 cups popped)
2-16 oz packages of white chocolate chips melted
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or bar chocolate – I used TJ’s)
Salt

Pretzels
Holiday M&Ms (I used a bag of peanut butter and a bag of pretzel)


Directions:
1. Pop your popcorn. Did you know you can make popcorn in the microwave with just a brown paper lunch bag? SO EASY! I don’t have a popper, so I used these instructions and made three batches.
2. Spread the popcorn out on baking sheets. Salt the popcorn and sprinkle the pretzels in.


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3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler.
4. Drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn pretzel mix. Toss if needed to get even coverage.
5. Sprinkle the M&Ms over the white chocolate covered mixture.


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6. Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave or double boiler.
7. Drizzle melted peanut butter/chocolate mixture over the popcorn mix.


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8. Let air dry and portion out into your container of choice!


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Instead of just giving them in little baggies or plastic wrap, I used these cute little peppermint striped gabled boxes at Target. They are so cute and have little plastic windows to give a peek at the yummy contents. And the best part? They are from the Dollar Spot!


I tied them closed with some pre-printed ribbon I purchased from Pick Your Plum – no gift tag needed. Of course we may have taste tested a little bit too!


This made about 12-15 sandwich bags worth of goodies. If you want to give larger batches than these little boxes would fill, check out this cute bag from It Is What It Is.


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Beth has this adorable subway print as a free download, which she also cut down to put on the front of a simple paper lunch sack. So cute!


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3 comments:

odetoinspiration said...

Mmm, sounds yum! Pinning it to my recipe board:)

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