Around the holidays, I like to limit the amount of stress in my life. One of those stressers is neighbor gifts. I like to keep it simple yet awesome. Have you ever thought of making popcorn for a neighbor gift? Well maybe you should. Picture this: White chocolate popcorn drizzled with chocolate, packaged in a beautiful bag or little festive box.
Snagged you with the two chocolates, didn’t I? Read on to see how easy this is! You can use is as a neighbor gift, a treat for a party, or a hostess gift to say, “Thank you for having me over for breakfast/lunch/dinner/tea.”
This recipe for making popcorn is so easy, you’ll never want plain popcorn again!
Start with your popcorn. Either pop it in your popper or just throw a bag in the microwave. I’ve done it both ways. I prefer the home popped popcorn, but if you don’t have a popper, a microwave bag works great. I doubled the recipe popped a cup of kernels, which is equivalent to about two bags of microwave popcorn. You can do that with this recipe. (You can do whatever you want!) But to make it easy, start by popping 1/2 cup of kernels or 1 bag of popcorn. Pour into large bowl.
If it’s not already buttered, pour some melted butter on the popcorn. This particular recipe will turn out to be sweet, but that butter underneath gives it a fabulous little salty hint. You’ll love it.
Pour the butter on, then carefully mix with a wooden spoon.
Now you need your white chocolate. You can use white chocolate candy melts, bark or chips. Whatever you want/have. Use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup. More for a thick, rich popcorn. Less for a lighter, yet still delicious, popcorn. Melt your white chocolate on low on the stove top or in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds, stir until it’s creamy and easily poured. When it’s ready, pour it on the popcorn.
With your wooden spoon, carefully mix the popcorn until the white chocolate is distributed evenly over the popcorn.
Lay the popcorn on a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let the white chocolate harden for 10 minutes.
Melt 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. (It has to be semi-sweet or dark. Milk chocolate has more “fat” in it. The more “fat,” the less it will set. The chocolate will stay gooey and won’t harden.) With your spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn.
Don’t flick it or you’ll be wearing it. Trust me.
Let the chocolate harden for half an hour before moving it. It has to have that time to rest or else that gorgeous dark chocolate will smudge. It’ll still taste good, it just won’t look quite as nice.
Put it in a pretty bowl to serve. Package it in decorative bags to share. Wrap it in a lined box to gift. The sky is the limit with what you can do with this popcorn.
And want some other ideas for dressing up this gourmet popcorn even more? Use flavored chocolate chips, like mint, peanut butter or raspberry! Throw some chopped candied almonds in there. Drizzle with caramel and chocolate. Chop up some peanut butter cups and toss them in to make a Reese’s popcorn. There are so many different things you can do to make this gourmet popcorn yours.
Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!
- One bag of microwave popcorn or 1/2 cup of kernels - Popped
- 2 TBSP Melted Butter (optional)
- 1/2 Cup of White Chocolate (candy melts, bark or chips)
- 1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Prepare popcorn and place in a large bowl. Melt the butter, and pour over the popcorn. (If you're using microwave popcorn, you can skip this step.) Gently stir until popcorn is lightly coated with butter.
- Melt white chocolate chips on stovetop or in microwave. Pour chocolate over the buttered popcorn, and gently stir until evenly distributed.
- Lay popcorn on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let the white chocolate harden for ten minutes.
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Using your spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Let harden for at least half an hour before removing from cookie sheet.