I love making homemade Christmas treats for all of my friends and family. For many years when my daughter was still home we spent a fun-filled day making all of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes and then packaged them up on beautiful plates with ribbons and bows for all of our friends…but for the last two years she has been in college and doesn’t get home for the holidays until a few days before Christmas…way too late for a timely delivery! So, I have gone back to a tried and true Holiday favorite that I made for years when the kiddos were small and able to help with this simple yet beautiful and tasty treat. It’s a much more manageable task to take on solo too! You can customize this treat with anything your budget or dietary needs call for…homemade popped popcorn or simplify it with microwave popcorn, use gourmet white and dark chocolate or vanilla and chocolate CandiQuik and then top with healthy nuts and raisins or fun colorful toppings like M&M’s or chopped peppermint candies. The beauty is in the creation, no matter what ingredients you choose! The recipe is pretty vague due to the individuality of the treat…it’s really impossible to mess up. If you need more popcorn on the pan, add more. If you need more chocolate, add it. Dump as many (or few) toppings on as you like…
I will include a more accurate (sort of, anyways!) recipe using microwave popcorn, CandiQuik and M&M’s for toppings as this was my original recipe from many years ago…I will have to say it has evolved, but the original is quick, easy and well…pretty hard to beat!
Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn
12″ disposable foil pizza pan
6 cups of popped popcorn, buttered and salted
white chocolate, melted
dark chocolate, melted
festive toppings of your choice
- Spread the popped popcorn on the pizza pan evenly taking care to not get any unpopped kernels in the mix!
- Melt the white chocolate on the stove on low heat or in the microwave, drizzle heavily over the popcorn to hold it all together.
- Melt the dark chocolate on the stove over low heat or in the microwave, drizzle lightly in a circular motion over the white chocolate.
- While the dark chocolate is still melted, sprinkle your festive toppings over the top.
- Place in the refrigerator or freezer for about 10-15 minutes to harden the chocolate.
- Cover with plastic or cling wrap, add a bow and gift tag.
My Original Christmas Popcorn Recipe
3 – 12″ disposable foil pizza pans
3 – bags of microwave butter popcorn, popped
1 – 16 ounce package chocolate CandiQuik
2 – 16 ounce packages vanilla CandiQuik
1 – 16 ounce package Christmas (green and red) plain M&M’s
Pop all of the popcorn and spread evenly on the pizza pans, again taking care to not get any unpopped kernels on the pans. Melt the vanilla CandiQuik according to package directions and drizzle heavily over each pan of popcorn to hold all the popcorn together…you will use almost all of both packages but not quite. Allow the vanilla coating to slightly harden. Melt the chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions and drizzle lightly in a circular (or fancy) pattern over the vanilla CandiQuik, you will have quite a bit left over.. While the chocolate drizzle is still melted, sprinkle the Christmas M&M’s over the top. Allow the chocolate to harden either on the counter-top or in the refrigerator. Wrap with plastic or cling wrap, add a bow and gift tag. Deliver to all your friends and family!
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