Holiday Popcorn Three Ways

Holiday Popcorn Three Ways

By: Mandi Metzger, sweetestlemonade.com

Do the holidays have you stressed out? Feeling like your awkward neighbor's family photos turned out better than yours? Did your elf on the shelf idea turn into the elf falling into the toilet while trying to strategically place him pooping out peppermints? And no, that's not my idea. I can't take credit for that level of evil genius.

I've got it. You thought it would be cute to get the whole family in the car with some hot cocoa to look at Christmas lights. Only problem is little Jimmy waited until you were 10 minutes into the drive to tell you he had to pee. Jenny said the hot cocoa was making her want to puke. Then Tommy said he would rather be at home watching TV. Exhausted and not in the "Christmas spirit" anymore you scroll over to fb on your phone to find 4 of your friends doing the same thing-but their version looks so much more peaceful.

These days social media can make you feel less than the incredible person you are. Without meaning to, we get stuck comparing our lives to others, instead of blissfully living the great one we've got!

Pull up a chair. I need you to calm the elf down. If social media didn't exist, you still would. Your family would still be there. You'd probably still have friends too. Holidays would still be awesome, and you'd possibly still have creative ideas for making wonderful memories. I'm all for Pinterest -so long as it doesn't turn me into a she-monster trying to crazy glue the kids together just so I can craft in peace.

What you need is simple-yet beautiful. I'm talking about Holiday stuff that you'll actually enjoy with your kids. Here. I made this for you.

A holiday treat that keeps you grounded and on your feet. ( I should write poetry!) This is for that party you have to go to next week. Bring this to the kid's classroom the day before school lets out. Make these for your family Christmas movie night. Feel festive without the stress. It feels better than a bath- I promise.

Holiday Popcorn Three Ways

First let me introduce you to the Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn. Ringing in at 6 minutes to make, this recipe couldn't be easier. Plus-it's delicious.

Next up is my personal favorite: Hot Cocoa & Honey Popcorn. Guys, this stuff disappeared before it made it to movie night. I can honestly tell you I didn't mean to eat the whole bag. It's that good.

Last but not least is my healthy twist on a classic- Caramel Popcorn. I used my caramel recipe and drizzled it all over those puffed little kernels. I customized this one so you can decided what level of caramel you want for these.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Popcorn

1/2 cup [unpopped popcorn|http://amzn.to/2hzVoSg]

3/4 cup [dark chocolate chips|http://amzn.to/2hA48Yf]

1/4 cup [coconut oil|http://amzn.to/2gQYAaL]

1 tsp [peppermint extract|http://amzn.to/2hCLOLf]

Hot Cocoa & Honey Popcorn

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup [Chico Honey Co. honey|https://www.chicohoneyco.com/]

1/4 cup [hot cocoa powder|http://amzn.to/2hM8xbg]

3 T melted butter

Caramel Popcorn

1 cup [caramel sauce|http://sweetestlemonade.com/three-ingredient-caramel-sauce/]

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

Directions:

Popping The Popcorn:

All of these recipes require popping plain popcorn. I'm about to wow you with how simple this is.

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Take a brown paper lunch bag. Fill with 1/4 cup popcorn kernels. Tightly roll down the top to seal it. I fold mine over 4-5 times. Place in the microwave and cook just like you would with a normal popcorn bag. I have popcorn button on my microwave so I press that and let it do its thing.

Once popped, lay the popcorn onto a sprayed cookies sheet. Allow it to cool, then take out any unpopped kernels.

Now your popcorn is ready, simply pick a flavor!

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Popcorn

In a small/medium sauce pan, combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Melt down and cook on low for 2-3 minutes. Once melted thoroughly, add in the peppermint extract. Stir in and for one more minute.

Drizzle over popcorn and allow to cool before eating. I like this one cold, it hardens almost like popcorn bark. I put my tray in the freezer for 10 minutes and then broke it apart to eat!

Hot Cocoa & Honey Popcorn

Preheat the oven to 275°.

Start my sprinkling your hot cocoa mix over the popcorn. Follow it with the salt.

Pour melted butter and then the honey all over the popcorn.

Bake the popcorn for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

Caramel Popcorn

In a medium saucepan make the caramel sauce.

Pour onto the popcorn. You can use as little as 1.2 cup of the sauce or all of it if you prefer. Just remember this will largely affect the calorie count.

Bake for 8 minutes. Flip the popcorn, then cook another 4 minutes if needed. Be careful not to burn the caramel.

Cool completely, then serve.





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