’Tis the season to pop-up some holiday fun by creating a winter wonderland scene that tastes as amazing as it looks. Let your kids participate and start a new family holiday tradition making festive, edible decorations they everyone will love.
These super creative popcorn recipes work well as edible decor and also unique gifts to give to family, friends…and basically anyone.
Popcorn is the perfect choice to pop-up and snack on while you design your creations.
With only 30 calories a cup, whole-grain popcorn freshly popped is a healthier alternative to traditional nibbles served at holiday parties. Popcorn is naturally low in fat, is non-GMO and gluten-free, and free of artificial additives and sugar.
If you want more tempting popcorn recipes for any occasion, Popcorn has a great selection to choose from.
Festive Popcorn Trees
10 cups air-popped popcorn
1 bag (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tube white frosting with decorating tip
small, colorful candies (such as sprinkles and miniature silver dragees)
nonstick cooking spray
green decorating sugar
blue decorating sugar
Place popcorn in large bowl.
Place marshmallows and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth and well combined. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour mixture over popcorn in bowl. Toss well to coat popcorn evenly.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray then scoop up about 1 cup popcorn mixture.
Shape mixture into a cone, keeping base flat to form a tree.
Sprinkle tree with decorating sugars; place tree on baking sheet.
Make nine additional trees.
Pipe frosting on trees to make garland. Decorate with sprinkles and silver dragees, as desired.
Serving suggestion: Place each tree on sugar cookie and decorate serving tray with shredded coconut to replicate snow.
Notes: For best flavor and color, start recipe with unflavored white popcorn. Make your own colored sugar by adding food coloring to the sugar; stir mixture in small bowl or shake vigorously in sealed container. Add additional food coloring for more intense tones.
Yields: 10 trees
Holiday Popcorn Snowman
1 package (1 pound) large marshmallows
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, plus additional
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 cups popped popcorn
gum drops (optional)
cinnamon candies (optional)
In large saucepan, melt marshmallows and 1/4 cup butter.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let stand 5 minutes.
Pour over popcorn and stir mixture.
Butter hands well and form mixture into balls.
Decorate with sprinkles, licorice, gum drops and cinnamon candies, as desired.
Yields: 5 snowmen
Holiday Wreath Popcorn Treats
Nonstick cooking spray
3 quarts popped popcorn
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
3 cups miniature marshmallows
3 tablespoons lime gelatin dessert mix
small red candies
red fruit leather
Place popcorn in large mixing bowl lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in marshmallows and gelatin dessert mix until marshmallows melt completely and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix until coated.
Spray hands with cooking spray and press mixture firmly to form 9-inch logs; bend to form wreaths.
Place wreaths on wax paper. Press candies and jellybeans into wreaths as decorations; cut fruit leather to make ribbons and add to wreaths.
Serve immediately or wrap individual logs in plastic wrap for later use. Add ribbon tie to plastic wrap as decorative closure.
Yields: 8 wreaths
Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer
8 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
2 ½ cups mini marshmallows
½ cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter or light olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
16 pretzel sticks
16 eyeball candies
8 red candy-coated chocolate candies
Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
In saucepan set over medium heat, heat marshmallows, chocolate, butter and salt, stirring often until smooth. Toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn until well combined.
Scoop 3/4 cup popcorn mixture into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make eight balls total. Place each ball in paper muffin cup liner.
Insert pretzel stick on each side at the top of ball to form antlers; attach two eyeball candies for eyes and red candy for nose. Let cool completely.
Tip: Eyeball candies can typically be found in baking aisles of supermarkets or bulk food stores.
Yields: 8 reindeers
Do you make popcorn recipes during the holidays?