Hello Design Dazzle readers! I’m Holly from Paisley Petal Events and I’m happy to be back sharing a fun neighbor gift idea as part of Toni’s Christmas Wonderful series! So many fabulous ideas have been shared this year – I just love seeing everyone’s ideas and creativity.
For some reason I always have the hardest time figuring out what we’re going to do for neighbor gifts each Christmas and this year I’m following Toni’s advice to get the family involved in helping so I don’t have to do it all. I thought we’d make festive Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn as a family and package it up to give to some of our neighbors. I LOVE peppermint, especially at Christmas and this recipe is perfect because kids can help a ton with this yummy treat!
Peppermint Popcorn Ingredients
12 peppermint candy canes
20 cups of popped white popcorn
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1.5 lbs almond bark
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup mini m&m’s (optional)
Peppermint Popcorn Directions
Step 1 – Unwrap and crush 12 peppermint candy canes. This will make approximately 1 cup of crushed candy canes.
Step 2 – Pop 20 cups of white popcorn. I used 3 bags of the microwave popcorn pictured above.
Step 3 – Add your crushed candy canes to your popcorn and stir.
Step 4 – Melt 1.5 lbs of almond bark according to package directions.
Step 5 – Quickly stir the 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract into your melted almond bark.
Step 6 – Pour melted almond bark & peppermint over popcorn and candy cane mixture and mix until all popcorn and candy canes are covered.
Step 7 – Spread your popcorn onto 2 cookie sheets covered with wax paper.
Step 8 – Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate chips according to package directions.
Step 9 – Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn and let harden. Sprinkle mini m&m’s over top if desired. Place in refrigerator to speed up the process.
Step 10 – Break popcorn into smaller pieces & place in your desired container.
I thought it would be fun to add some mini m&m’s to some of the popcorn to make it a little more fun for the kids 😉
You can package your popcorn in almost anything – I used a melamine berry basket, a patterned paper bag and a glass mason jar, but you could also place the popcorn in a cellophane bag, a small tin container, or even a chinese takeout container.
To make your packages even cuter, be sure to use ribbon or bakers twine to attach your fun printable tag to whatever container you wish! The tags are available to download for free on my website.
Here’s some more fun Christmas posts from my blog:
I’m a wife and mom to three cute kids living in Utah. I love pretty paper, collecting fonts, and finding fun party supplies. I blog about party ideas and entertaining to provide unique inspiration for every occasion.