Christmas Popcorn RecipeDec 04th

Today, I wanna get all crazy with popcorn. That was a really bizarre thing to say. Let’s try this again.

Today, I want to share with you my enthusiasm for popcorn.

There.

That’s better, huh?

Ok, so popcorn is pretty special to my family. As a kid, whenever we had family movie nights we would get popcorn and Peanut M‘n’M’s. Has anyone else ever done this? The candy coating gets kind of melted with the popcorn and you taste the perfect combination of salty sweet with each bite!

My Aunt Karee taught us this trick, and as an awkward girl who wore jumpers with hiking boots, I would brag to my friends that this was the “cool” way to eat popcorn. I clung to whatever “kernel” that was thrown my way. Get it? Hyuck, hyuck.

Even with my 80’s bangs in the 90’s, I knew my popcorn. Yah, I got the trend to catch, and if I had to have my popcorn without the chocolate accompaniment I felt gipped.

The popcorn/candy duo got even more crazy when I met the hubs.

Matt and I would “have a date” with each other’s families. My parents were old school, so we pretty much had a chaperone present at all times. Those chaperones were my younger siblings who felt entitled to hang out with Matt, and never really believed that he came to be with me.

If we were lucky, we managed to ditch them.

Matt and I would run to Blockbuster and grab a flick, pick up some popcorn and Hot Tamales, and then settle in for a romantic evening of covert hand holding and footsies.

Scandalous, I know.

Ok, have any of you ever had popcorn and Hot Tamales together? It’s simply the best.

Here’s what you do: Pop the corn, drizzle with an evil amount of butter, douse with salt, and here’s the important part—dump a box of Hot Tamales on top. You have to do this while the popcorn is still hot.

The tamales will get all soft and melty while they sit on the hot popcorn, and as you compile the perfect ratio {2 kernels : 1 Hot Tamale} the flavors of popcorn and cinnamon candy blend in exquisite harmony.

I know, I know. It might sound weird, but it is DELICIOUS!

Even though we didn’t start out calling this glorious concoction “Christmas Popcorn,” that is what I’m calling it today.

Guys, it totally makes sense that it’s a Christmasy food! We’re all going to be quite busy watching all ten of the best Christmas movies of all time, right? We need popcorn! But not just any popcorn…Christmas popcorn is the only kind that will do!

I can’t think of anything more Christmasy than cinnamon and butter. Those two ingredients practically scream Christmas. Popcorn is really just the vehicle to serve the butter, I’m gonna be honest.

Hey, want a cute little Christmas gift idea? Here ya go: Popcorn kernels (if you put them in a Mason jar people will think you’re the next Martha), a few boxes of Hot Tamales (tied with a bow of burlap, it’ll soften the processed feel of gummy candies), and a cute popcorn bowl. Print out a little recipe of this fabulousness and you’ll be the talk of the town. In a good way.

 

Christmas Popcorn Recipe

Christmas Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 1 Box Of Hot Tamales
  • An Unholy Amount Of Butter
  • Salt. Large grains of salt {name that movie}

Instructions

  1. POP popcorn on the stove or in an air-popper.
  2. DUMP in a cute bowl. A big one.
  3. DOUSE with the unholy amount of butter.
  4. DUMP the box of Hot Tamales on top. You need to do it while it's hot.
  5. SHOWER with salt. {The salt tastes good on the melty candies}
  6. Enjoy, and try not to make yourself sick. Oh, and floss after eating.
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10 Responses to Christmas Popcorn RecipeDec 04th

  1. Kim December 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Unholy amount of butter. Is there any other amount for popcorn? ;-D

    Our duo has been popcorn and junior mints for as long as my hubbie & I have been together, although adding m&m’s is a very tasty touch, too.

    Can’t say that I’ve ever tried the popcorn with Hot Tamales-I don’t think I’ve ever even had Hot Tamales. Next time I go grocery shopping, I will look at the candy aisle through newly popped open eyes. 😉

    • hillary December 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Junior Mints? Wow! I’ve never even thought of that combo. I’m gonna have to try that next :)

  2. anna December 5, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    ok, i’m sold. i’m trying all the candies in my next batch of popcorn!

  3. Chris Carter December 5, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    Oh. My. Gosh. YUM! And btw- I have that SAME BOWL!!!! :)

    • hillary December 6, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      No way! I got it for my wedding :)

  4. matt December 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    i. want. to. eat. these. now.

  5. Aleta December 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I can totally see the popcorn and chocolate…. does someone sell chocolate covered popcorn now? They should!

    But hot tamales…. ok… hmm… might have to give it a try just because I’m curious now!

    • hillary December 6, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Yes! I know it sounds really weird, but I swear it’s divine!

  6. Aunt Gloria December 6, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    Side note – Costco had a road show that had chocolate covered popcorn.
    Hillary, Karee’s boys (my grandsons) have updated with Christmas Mint M&M’s
    And popcorn. I’ll have to sliip in some Hot Tamales next time. We watched
    Holiday Inn tonight but Brant and I were working on a new Gluten Free
    Version of Grandma Shirley’s cut out cookies. Yum! Definitely a keeper.
    GREAT POST

    • hillary December 6, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Yum! I have had someone else tell me about putting Junior Mints on popcorn so I need to try this mint thing! Also, I want the gluten free recipe–I have a friend who has a gluten free blog and Grandma’s are probably the best 😉

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