Top 10 Posts of 2016 with Behind the Scenes

I’ve been seeing these top 10 posts of 2016 pop up all over my feed lately and was just dying to find out what Popcorn & Chocolate had in store. I can’t believe a whole other  year has gone by. This year was full of some fun crafts we shared on our blog and some not so fun transitions and moves in our personal lives. Throughout it all we’ve always had our blog going, even if it has meant spending our whole weekend dedicated to taking pictures and creating crafts. I love the grind of blogging and wouldn’t have had it any other way. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2016 with a bit of behind the scenes commentary as well (inspired by Laurel at A Bubbly Mess).

10. Free Thanksgiving Table Printables thanksgiving grocery list | Popcorn & ChocolateAs you make your way down the list you will see that this was the year of free printables. Since they seem to do so well we will definitely incorporate lots more in 2017! Behind the scenes: I sent this picture to Rose of me using our printable to plan my Thanksgiving. Double behind the scenes: my Thanksgiving was delicious (thanks for asking), Rose’s was a disaster as her thermometer exploded in the oven and ruined her whole turkey. Thanksgiving printable

9. Flamingo and Swan Pool Float Costumes Bird pool float costumes | Popcorn & ChocolateI’m so glad you all loved these costumes as much as I did! They were a hoot to make and looked ridiculous on, which is a sure sign of a good costume. Behind the scenes: What you didn’t see with these pictures is us attempting to take them. I kept laughing at Rose behind the camera. I’m pretty sure she still has these costumes floating around her house…Pool float behind the scenes

8. Fruity Flower PotsDIY Stamped Clay Flower Pots | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother favorite DIY of mine. These guys were super fun to make but also so fun to take pictures of. Some crafts just don’t want to go your way when you are photographing them, but these little gems were great. Behind the scenes: We used one fake air plant because Rose keeps killing all of ours. Before you scroll down to the next picture can you guess which one is fake from the 3 above? Fruity pots behind the scenes

7. Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos | Popcorn and ChocolateAgain, so glad you guys liked these silly candy cane flamingos! Behind the scenes: When I was making these my mom kept laughing at me every time I went outside to spray paint them. Then I left them drying propped up in our wheelbarrow in the garage so everyone saw them whenever they went in out of the garage. This was me on the day I photographed them – red nose and all. It was cold. Flamingo behind the scenes

6. DIY Pom-pom Easter Baskets DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & ChocolateBehind the scenes: these baskets were super easy to make but the hard part was finding the actual basket. We were at my house in NH and my mom had Easter baskets she was getting rid of so we were going to take them but forgot them so we scrambled all over Allston trying to find some cheap but decent looking baskets. We ended up finding these at the dollar store and they seemed to get the job done. Also, fun fact, we were in San Francisco when we wrote and published this post.

5. Colorful Etched Vases with Flower Puns and Sayings Colorful etched vase with sayingsThis is one of our most popular DIY’s on Instagram as well so I’m not surprised to see it make it on the list. Behind the scenes: Oh, where to start? These vases damn near killed us. It was one of our first crafts we made for Homedit so we wanted to make them perfect. Well, we soon found that what we originally wanted to do, which was to have the etched words colored, would not, will not work. We were stubborn AF trying to figure out a way to make this work. We must have dyed a million jars with different solutions. Eventually we flew in the flag and just went the easy way out and spray painted them. So much easier.

4. Cactus Piñata Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was one of my all time favorite crafts to make. I mean, it’s a cactus piñata, what isn’t to love? I was smitten with it. Behind the scenes: See how proud I am of my piñatas? I made that Aries ram for Rose’s birthday and promptly named her Lucinda and the cactus Señor. I convinced myself that I had a hidden talent of piñata making… perhaps we shall see if this holds true in 2017??Piñata behind the scenes

3. Nautical Hand-Painted Backgammon Board Handmade backgammon board | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was another one I loved to make (and play)! It involved us going to the beach to take pictures, which is always a win in my book. Behind the scenes: the one problem with taking pictures at the beach is that it can be windyyy. Everything kept blowing around so we had to strategically place rocks and bags onto the towels. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the same with my hat… Backgammon behind the scenes

2. 2016 Printable Oscar Ballots 2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother printable for the top! Behind the scenes: This ballot came out great but what you didn’t see were the countless hours we took to make sure everything was aligned nicely and that the colors were bold enough. Not to mention having to look up most of these movies as we hadn’t seen any of them… eek.

1. Printable Super Bowl 50 Commercial Bingo Super Bowl Bingo Boards | Popcorn & ChocolateI am not even surprised that this is the number 1 post of 2016. These bingo boards got us so much traffic, we were tootin’ our little horns we were so excited. You best believe we will be doing them again this year. It’s our little tradition since college so we gotta stick with it. Behind the scenes: Our other tradition is to make so.much.food. and eat it all through the whole game – just the two of us. Here was our spread: lots of veggies and apples(?), pretzel bites, a faux chicken tender (we thought we should have some protein), chips, and a huuuge bowl of a vegan cauliflower cheese dip. Sooo good. I think I eventually got up for dessert too. No shame. super bowl behind the scenes

Anddd there you have it, our top 10 posts of 2016. I love looking back on our crafts and seeing which ones do well. I get so happy when I see that a craft I loved to make is popular. I hope you all are having a wonderful start to 2017 and hope you all stick around to see what we get up to this year. Let us know in the comments below which one of these DIY’s you liked the best!

50422011067__fcade0b3-b189-4181-bd48-ce77464e5e11And, also, just because I couldn’t leave without sharing this little New Years behind the scene fail. Here is what I wrote without thinking when I was trying out the 2017 champagne bottles. I sent this picture to Rose but she was grocery shopping so I’m going to guess she didn’t notice I put 2007 either.  #whatyearisit?

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Holiday Gift Guides & Free Printable

The holiday season is upon us, which means you have to start planning out your gifts for everyone. We’ve made this super easy for you by creating a free printable to write out what you are getting everyone and two holiday gift guides to give you some ideas of what to get everyone. Sometimes present buying can be a lot of fun, especially when you know exactly what you are getting someone but, other times, it can be a huge struggle. We feel ya. This is why we’ve put together some fun gift ideas for all the men and women in your life. These gifts are mostly all under $50 so they won’t break the bank either. 2016 gift guide for men | popcorn & chocolate

From left to right: Peppermint snow tube, Drake pin, Desk bag toss, Camera strap, Bon Iver record, Beanie, This must be the place banner, Woven wall hanging, Hot steve spices, Bandana, Flannel button down, Cocktail carry on kit, Stranger Things pin, Bull wine holder, Giant jack, Slippers

And now onto the gifts for the women in your life:

2016 gift guide for women | Popcorn & Chocolate

From left to right: Eye mask, Woven wall hanging, Embroidery wall decor, Merlot sweatshirt, Mug, Flamingo pin, Margarita pin, Happiness planner, Motivational pencils, Pineapple measuring cups, Blue scarf, Retail therapy purse, Pineapple keychain, Wine socks, Teapot, Candle

Go ahead and download our printable gift list and start planning your gift buying now! Let us know in the comments below what YOU want for this holiday season!

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Thanksgiving no sew placemat

No Sew Thanksgiving Table Runner & Placemats

DIY no sew Thanksgiving table runner and placematsLearn how to make this no sew Thanksgiving table runner and placemats

Thanksgiving leaf no sew table runner

Ugh. Sometimes I really hate sewing. We’ve had our fair share of very very simple sewing projects in the past but neither Rose or I are very good at sewing. Sometimes you can get away without breaking out the ol’ needle and thread, other times not so much. We try to finagle our way out of having to sew anything if we can. Like this Thanksgiving table runner and placemats for instance.

DIY no sew Thanksgiving placemats

It’s a shame because both of our grandmothers were incredible sewers and we both would love to learn how to use a sewing machine butttt in the meantime we gotta stick to our guns and either use a simple running stitch for every single project or break out the glue gun.

Thanksgiving leaf no sew table runner

If you hadn’t guessed by now this project was the latter. We wanted to keep things nice and easy for all you Thanksgiving hostesses. These Thanksgiving table runner and placemats couldn’t be easier. All you need is some plain fabric, some felt, and a handy dandy glue gun. Though, if you are not like Rose and I and actually are good at sewing you could also sew on the leaves.

Thanksgiving no sew placemat

To learn how to make this no sew Thanksgiving table runner and placemats head on over to Homedit

And if you like any of the other decor, check it out here:

1.pilgrim hat wine stoppers

2.wood slab serving tray

3.thanksgiving-themed copper lettered plates

The agate napkin rings are coming soon!

Also, don’t forget to check out our Thanksgiving printables!

DIY Thanksgiving no sew table runner and placemats

Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & Chocolate

Cactus Pinata

Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateOh Cinco de Mayo, what a fun holiday. I remember the first time we celebrated Cinco de Mayo. We were abroad in London, and it was towards the end of our time there. The sun was peaking out from the clouds, and we were in good spirits and decided we wanted tacos. We had no clue it was even Cinco de Mayo. Now, let me just preface this by saying we did not cook a single thing up until this point. It had been a solid 4 months without cooking as the kitchens were deemed scary, and we thus avoided them at all costs (fyi we both were abroad in London at different locations, each with equally scary kitchens). What suddenly possessed us with the desire to finally cook? Who knows, but I speculate it was the taco fairy knocking on our stomachs telling us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the one way we know how: to eat!Cactus Piñata with flowers | Popcorn & Chocolate That is just what we did. We threw on our running shoes (first time we used those too; the gym was deemed scary too) and jogged to the closest grocery store. Yes, we jogged, we were that excited for tacos. We jogged our way to Sainsbury’s and rushed through the store looking for all the supplies we needed. We were going to make tacos and margaritas and thus needed all the typical fixings. The store had almost everything we needed for the tacos expect the key ingredient the ground beef. We had to jog/walk our way to a different store to pick it up. We were determined.DIY Piñata shaped like a cactus | Popcorn & Chocolate Once back at my dorm, we faced our fears and made our way into the kitchen. We had to “borrow” someone’s pans to cook the beef but we managed to cook everything and had quite the feast ahead of us. We poured ourselves some celebratory margaritas and dug in. It was definitely worth the scary kitchen and all that jogging. We feasted like kings. It was only after the fact that we realized it was Cinco de Mayo so we poured ourselves a second drink and broke out the popcorn for dessert. If only we had this cilantro lime popcorn we made last year!Cactus Piñata made out of cardboard | Popcorn & ChocolatePhew what a day that was! We joke about it now but we always make sure to have something to celebrate with on Cinco de Mayo, if not to remember just how crazy we are sometimes. This year we are planning on sipping on some mango margaritas and breaking into this lovely cactus piñata. Here is how you too can make this wonderfully colorful and festive DIY cactus piñata!

Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • Poster board
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod podge
  • Streamers
  • A friend to lend a helping hand

 

Instructions:

First, draw your cactus shape onto a big piece of cardboard (we used a cardboard box) and cut it out. Then trace the shape onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out too. This will be the front and back of your pinata!

Next you should decide how deep you want your pinata to be (ours is about 3.5 inches). Cut long strips of poster board that are 1 inch longer than the desired depth of your pinata. You will be gluing these to both sides of the cardboard cactus to form the sides of the pinata. This is when an extra set of hands is helpful. Start from the bottom and work your way up one side by putting hot glue on the cardboard edges and pressing the poster board onto the glue. Hold each piece in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next piece to make sure it doesn’t pop off. We did one segment from the bottom to the armpit on one side, then rounded our way up the arm and over the top. If you want your pinata to hang, make sure you punch two holes in the poster board that is going to go over the top before you glue it down so you can put a string through it later.

Once you’re doing the part where the arms curve in in the middle of the cactus, you’ll have to wedge the poster board in there first. We found it easier to crease the poster board a bit with the crease of the cactus to make sure that once that piece was in place, it wouldn’t pop off.

After you’ve carefully glued around your whole pinata, trim any excess poster board. Now you’re ready to start putting the streamers on! Cut strips of streamers long enough to fit around your pinata starting from the bottom. Cut into each strip every inch or so to create the fringe. Then use mod podge to attach the strip all the way around. Work your way up the pinata in whatever color pattern you want, overlapping each row with the one below it by about a half inch. Once you get to the top, thread a string through the hole if you made one to hang it, and you’re done! You’ve now got yourself an awesome cactus pinata and are now part of the #addictedtopinatas club.

DIY colorful cactus piñata | Popcorn & Chocolate

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Comment below on what you like to do to celebrate! What other shapes of pinatas would you make?

Homemade pinatas | Popcorn & Chocolatep.s. here is my ever growing collection of homemade pinatas. We named the cactus Señor and the ram is Lucinda – they are bffffs now (we forced them to be). Go check out this ram I made on my Instagram!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Baskets

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & ChocolateHello from San Francisco! We are currently on vacation checking out the west coast and what everything is like over here. We started out in Portland, then made our way to visit my brother in Eugene and now we are in San Fran! It has been quite rainy the whole time, but we have donned our raincoats and rain boots and have still had a lot of fun seeing everything (at least what we could with the fog and rain)! Today as I’m writing this, it is the first bright and sunny day here. We are about to go to the Golden Gate bridge and possibly walk across it. I couldn’t be more excited!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & Chocolate

But, in the meantime, I will leave you all here with this fun and easy Easter DIY. Pom-pom Easter baskets! How cute!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & Chocolate

Easter baskets are always essential to any great Easter. You wake up and creep downstairs and there is this wonderful pastel-colored basket full of chocolate and goodies. Rose is pretty sure her parents would put some jelly beans in there because they knew she wouldn’t eat them all so then they would get a treat too. The baskets of candy are always one of my favorite parts of Easter, so we decided instead of trying to terribly dye some Easter eggs, we would instead make some fun baskets!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & Chocolate

These baskets are super easy to make and only require a couple of supplies, which you probably already have at home. They are also are totally customizable!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & ChocolateSupplies:

  • Easter basket (we got ours at the dollar store)
  • Yarn
  • Glue gun
  • Fork

Directions:
To make the pom-poms, we followed this DIY from Handimania. You take the yarn and wrap it around the fork a bunch of times and then tie it off with another piece of yarn and cut through the string. It’s really easy and the instructions are easy to follow. Once you have all your pom-poms ready and made, simply dab a bit of hot glue onto the pom and then adhere it to the basket wherever you want it. We glued ours to the rim and followed a pattern with the colors but feel free to glue them all over the basket and wherever your heart desires!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & Chocolate

That is all you need to do for this simple Easter craft! Let us know in the comments below what your favorite part of Easter is and what your favorite Easter candy is!

DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & Chocolate

DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & Chocolate

DIY Valentine’s Day Marbled Hearts

DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateValentine’s day is in 4 days.. do you have do you have your gifts ready? If you are like us and do everything last minute, we have the perfect quick and easy DIY for you, and likely you already have all the supplies at home.DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateDIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateTo make these Valentine’s day marbled hearts, you will need some nail polish, paper, and a container that you don’t mind getting covered in nail polish (we used an empty yogurt container).DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateFirst cut out heart shapes on your paper. We recommend using card stock because it is sturdy and thick. You can either use a stencil to trace hearts or free-hand cut them out like we did. We also used the grade school heart making trick by folding the paper in half and cutting the heart along the fold so you have symmetrical sides.DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateNext, fill up your container with lukewarm water and probably you should grab some paper towels at this point too because things will get a bit messy from here on out. Drizzle a couple of drops of nail polish into the container and repeat with however many colors you want to use. Finally, dip the paper heart into the container with the nail polish and pull out as straight as you can. Set on a paper towel to dry.DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateDIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateThis project, although easy and uses minimal supplies, does take a little practice to get that pretty swirled marble look. We recommend working quickly once you have dropped the nail polish into the container as it tends to dry and get clumpy fast. We also recommend to have a toothpick or two handy between applications to clear out any residual nail polish. Just swirl the toothpick around the surface of the water and that’ll do the trick. Lastly, we definitely recommend wearing gloves and not making the mistake of dying your hands 4 different shades of pink like we did ;)DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & ChocolateThere you have it – a super simple last minute Valentine’s Day idea. You could hand these out as Valentine’s Day cards or just have fun making them for a little Galentine’s get-together.

Tell us: Do you leave everything to the last minute or do you plan far in advance? What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

DIY Valentine's Day Marbled Hearts | Popcorn & Chocolate

Winter Fun List

Hello December! I can’t believe it is already December, but then again I can’t believe it is any month at any given time so I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised anymore. I was long waiting for December to approach as winter is my favorite season. We might have already put up some holiday decor, which has heightened my much anticipated arrival of winter. Since we over in the Popcorn and Chocolate household are all about the holidays and enjoying each season to the fullest, we thought we would share a little fun winter checklist. It’s got all the things we love to do to get us in the holiday spirit. We also thought we would share it a wee bit before winter for any of you who are already bursting to watch Christmas movies and bake gingerbread just like us.Winter List.001Let us know what your favorite thing to do in the winter is in the comments below! We would love to know!

4th of July Pops

red white and blue fruit popsicle

As a kid growing up in New Hampshire where the summers are hot and sticky there wasn’t anything that I wanted to eat more than a nice refreshingly cold popsicle. I used to spend my summer days swimming and then go and buy a popsicle from the little stand by our pool. It was always such a hard decision which popsicle to get; do you get the ones with the gumball eyes? Or the creamsicle? Or the classic red, white, and blue firecracker popsicle? You really couldn’t go wrong with any of those choices.

red white and blue fruit popsicles

As it has gotten closer to the 4th of July I’ve been seeing the firecracker popsicles taunting me at the grocery store with their festive coat of red, white, and blue. My 5 year old self started drooling at remembrance of those decadent delights. The purple stained lips and tongue, the sticky fingers, the wonderful surprise as you go from each different flavor. Oh, how my stomach longed for those popsicles. After a few days of not being able to shake that craving I had to take action. I whipped out my blender and grabbed some fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk from the fridge. I was going to make a festive treat that could be enjoyed guiltlessly at anytime of the day, and one that would hopefully not stain my teeth purple..

red white and blue popsicles

Here, my friends, is our version of the infamous firecracker popsicle perfect for your 4th of July soiree. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes delicious! Not to mention it is full of nutritious fruit. Enjoy the simplicity of a wonderfully refreshing popsicle on the 4th of July.

red white and blue fruit popsicle

Ingredients:

  • 1/3  – 1/2 cup strawberries – or any red fruit
  • Yogurt – we used greek yogurt, but you could sub dairy free yogurt as well
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • Honey, or sweetener of choice
  • Milk – we used almond milk

1. In a blender blend together around a 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and a dash of milk (around a tablespoon or 2 depending on how well your blender can blend non-liquid foods). Pour the contents from the blender into your popsicle molds; this made about 4-5 popsicles for me. Put popsicles in the fridge to set up for about 15 minutes.

2. For the next layer just blend together greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and a splash of milk. I did about 1/2 cup of greek yogurt for all of the popsicles. Pout this next layer on top of the strawberry layer in the popsicle and again let it set up for about 15 minutes.

3. For the blueberry layer, blend about a 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1 tablespoon greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and some milk (again, it depends on how well your blender works). Pour the final layer on top of the greek yogurt layer and stick the popsicle stick into the mold. Let the popsicle fully freeze before enjoying on a hot summer day!

Red white and blue firecracker popsicles

These popsicles are so yummy and easy to make, plus with all the greek yogurt they add a good source of protein for an afternoon snack! I’ve been munching on these once I get home from work pretty much every day this past week. Yum yum yum, my childhood self is quite content with these new ‘firecracker’ popsicles!

melting popsicle

Got to eat them before they melt!

St. Patrick’s Day Baileys Log Cake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!Bailey's log cake

However healthy we try to eat, one indulgence we can’t ever live without is Baileys. Don’t tell us how bad it is because we won’t hear it; it is just too good to resist. Sometimes all you need is a nice hot chocolate with a big splash of Bailey’s to settle in for the night (or a big Baileys with a splash of hot chocolate… anyone??). Nothing else will do, it has to be Baileys. We have found ourselves sneakily incorporating it into different desserts just so we can get a hint of that smooth and delicious flavor. That is how this beautifully delicious Bailey’s filled log cake came about.

Log cake

We keep canned coconut milk in our fridge for any time we need a quick whipped cream fix. All you have to do is take the cream off of the top of the milk and then whip it together with a little bit of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, regular sugar). It tastes delicious on it’s own, but one day Baileys was on our mind and we “accidentally” poured a little bit (maybe a lot a bit) into the whipped cream. Oh boy, what a glorious combination of rich Baileys with a light fluffy whipped cream we created… making healthy desserts unhealthy like it’s our job.

Bailey's whipped cream

Of course we needed a nice cookie to go with this whipped cream, so we decided to put together a St. Patrick’s Day log cake using the Baileys whip cream and some chocolate wafers. This is a quick and simple dessert that only uses a few ingredients. Plus it can be made ahead of time so you don’t have to frantically rush around with whipped cream in one hand and chocolate wafers in the other trying to make it to your St. Patty’s Day parade on time.

chocolate wafer cookies log cake

To make the Baileys whipped cream, all you need is canned coconut milk that has been in the fridge overnight (this brand works the best) and Baileys (or any other Irish Cream). Scoop the cream off of the top of the coconut milk into a bowl and then whip with a fork until it becomes softer. Add in as much or as little Baileys as you prefer (the whole bottle?). We used about 4 tablespoons so the flavor would stand out. Then add a bit of sweetener, we used about 2 teaspoons of maple sugar. Any sweetener will work. Next, let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes just to harden up and make the process of assembling the log cake a little bit easier.

St. Patrick's Day cake

To assemble the log cake, take the Baileys whipped cream and smear it between two chocolate wafers. Place these on a plate and keep adding layers of whip cream and wafers onto the first two until you have either run out of wafers or whipped cream. As we had been snacking on the chocolate wafers before we made this (oops…), we didn’t start with a full box of them so our log cake is a more like a stump cake, or twig cake. You may need to make two batches of the Baileys whipped cream to make a full log.

Whipped cream log cakeYum this came out so good. Fortunately we made a stump / twig so we didn’t feel bad “accidentally” eating the whole thing for dessert. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

IMG_4571Winter is slowly arriving here in Boston. Instead of snow we are mostly getting a lot a lot of rain. Thick, wet, slippery rain. Not only was it raining, but it was also veryyy windy. I think every trash can I walked by had at least 3 broken umbrellas sitting in them. If only it was a few degrees colder and then the rain would be snow, which has it’s own problems, but hey at least it would feel a little bit more like winter.IMG_4630IMG_4618To help us get in a more Christmasy/wintery mood we created this delicious white chocolate peppermint popcorn. If the fall is all about the pumpkin spice, then winter is all about the peppermint (and maybe gingerbread, but we haven’t gotten there yet).IMG_4585This popcorn definitely makes it feel more like the holidays. Each bite brings a burst of melted white chocolate and then a crunch of candy cane. It is hard to resist eating the whole batch in one sitting.This would be a great treat to share at a holiday party or pass out to your coworkers in cute bags. We stamped these plan brown lunch bags with festive Christmas stamps to give it a little extra holiday look.IMG_4465 IMG_4573To make this festive popcorn you will need:

  • Popcorn kernels – we used about 3 tablespoons
  • White chocolate – about 3/4 cup chopped – we used a Lindt white chocolate bar. (Don’t use white chocolate chips, they won’t melt properly!)
  • 2 Candy canes (or more!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional, but really good!)
  • parchment paper
  • Any optional mix ins – such as Chex cereal, pretzels, or your favorite nuts.

IMG_4507Begin by popping the kernels. You can do this a few different ways:

1) On the stovetop with a big pot, put about 1-3 tablespoons of oil (depending on how big of a batch of popcorn you wish to make) on the bottom of the pot and heat it up on medium. Once the oil is warm, add the kernels and put the lid on the pot. Turn the heat down a little bit. Once the popping starts to slow down then remove the pot from the stove and take the lid off. Be careful, the popcorn will be very hot, and some kernels might pop out of the pot

2) To pop the kernels in the microwave, put them in a brown paper bag and fold the top over twice. We recommend only using about 2 tablespoons of kernels at a time because. You don’t want to do too many or there won’t be enough room in the bag. But too few kernels will burn because the heat won’t distribute evenly. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, or until the popping starts to slow. Don’t wait until the popping stops or your popcorn will burn! Remove the bag and open carefully because it will be very hot.

3) Or, if you are big popcorn fans like us, you can pop the kernels in an air popper. We used about 3-4 tablespoons of kernels. Air poppers only cost about $15 and are totally worth it if you are a big popcorn eater.

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Once the popcorn is popped, it is time to melt the white chocolate. Again, you can use a few different methods to do this.

The microwave works well, just make sure to use a microwave safe bowl and only melt it for a few seconds at a time and then stir and melt some more, this helps prevent the chocolate from burning. We usually do about 15 seconds, stir, and then do another 15 seconds. Once most of the chocolate is melted, stir until the rest melts rather than putting the bowl back in the microwave. The other way to melt the chocolate is to put a heat safe bowl on top of a pot of boiling water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and stir until it is melted. We recommend just using the microwave as it is a lot simpler.

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Once the chocolate is melted, add the peppermint extract if using. Then we crushed up some candy canes in a plastic bag and added them to the chocolate. A spoon or an ice cream scooper works well to crush the candy canes. Lay the popcorn and any other treats you decided to add out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as it will get quite messy. Drizzle the chocolate and candy cane mixture over the popcorn and let it cool completely. If you have room in your fridge, you can let it cool for about 15 minutes in there. Once it is cool you can break apart any chunks and put it in a fun container to serve!  IMG_4556This treat is easily customizable and can be adjusted to your taste preference. If you prefer more chocolate, go ahead and add more! If you like extra candy canes, add more! This snack is perfect to have with a warm mug of hot chocolate. We couldn’t resist munching on it throughout the whole day!IMG_4582