Looking for a new favorite holiday popcorn recipe? Look no further, we’ve got chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, and even Grinch popcorn for you to try this holiday season!

I’m not sure how popcorn came to be a holiday food. But I remember always being super excited if someone happened to give our family one of those giant tins of popcorn. The kind with the 3 different flavors. 

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You can still find those tins at the store, but today I get more excited about homemade popcorn. And even more excited about chocolate or caramel covered homemade popcorn!

All of the recipes below are made using fresh popped popcorn, so first let’s talk about popping corn.


13 Holiday Popcorn Recipes for Gifts or Christmas Treats


How to Make Popcorn (NOT in a Microwave)

Your first option is to use an air popper. They are easy, quick and don’t require any butter or oil. 

If you don’t have an air popper you can pop popcorn on the stove using a heavy bottomed pan. 

Here are some tips to popping popcorn on the stove:

  • Use medium heat
  • Put a good layer of oil on the bottom of the pan (we use coconut oil or olive oil)
  • Place 2 kernels in the oil and place the lid on the pan. When the kernels pop, the oil is hot and ready
  • Pour in the kernels and give a good shake to coat each one with oil
  • Unless you are making kettle corn, you don’t really have to shake the pot while the corn pops
  • Vent the lid a little to reduce sogginess

Now that you have a bowl of homemade popcorn, let’s make some fun, sweet, holiday popcorn!


Delicious Holiday Popcorn Recipes for Gifts or a Christmas Treat


Hot Cocoa Holiday Popcorn Recipe

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Chocolate, popcorn, and tiny dried marshmallows just like hot chocolate has?

Check out this hot cocoa holiday popcorn recipe- perfect for a holiday party or to gift to your favorite chocolate lover!

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Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix

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This isn't your ordinary holiday popcorn mix! Nope, this one has some special mix-ins like cake mix and oreos to make it extra fancy (and extra delicious!)

Click below to see how to make this Christmas popcorn snack mix!

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Easy Homemade Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

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Caramel corn is a holiday favorite. You know in those tins of cheese, salt, and caramel popcorn.

But this holiday popcorn recipe takes your caramel corn to a new level by adding spices!

Click below to see how to make this gingerbread caramel popcorn!

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Elf Maple Holiday Popcorn

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How cute are those little elf hats made from bugles? It may take some extra time to coat and decorate the bugles, but the end result is well worth it!

And I love that this is maple flavored popcorn and has the option of using real maple syrup instead of sugar.

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How to Make Popcorn Ball Ornaments for Christmas

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I remember making popcorn balls with my mom when I was a kid, but they were just plain old popcorn balls.

Check out these holiday popcorn balls! They even use candy canes to make them look just like the Christmas balls you can hang on your tree!

Get all the details on how to make your own below.

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Holiday Marshmallow Popcorn Cake

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Wouldn't this holiday popcorn cake look great on a table at your Christmas party?

It's like a mix between a popcorn ball and a rice crispie treat! Either way you've got to love the festive look of the final product.

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Moose Munch Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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When my oldest sons were in Cub Scouts they sold popcorn every single year. Our family favorite? The chocolate covered caramel corn.

I am having flashbacks just looking at the picture of the Moose Much Caramel Popcorn,

Don't wait, make your own chocolate covered caramel corn NOW!

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Peppermint Crunch Holiday Popcorn

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You can't go wrong with white chocolate and peppermint around the holidays and this popcorn recipe doesn't disappoint.

Set out a bowl of this holiday popcorn at your next get together or fill tins with it to give as gifts.

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Holiday White Chocolate Popcorn Snack Mix

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I love the brightness of this holiday popcorn mix. I mean look at it; all the red and green M&Ms and sprinkles...

This popcorn just screams Christmas.

Make a batch to give to your favorite teachers or service people this holiday season.

Get the recipe for this Christmas Popcorn Mix below.

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Gingerbread Popcorn

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If you are looking for a sweet popcorn snack that's isn't all out caramel corn, this is it.

With a light coating and gingerbread spices popcorn recipe is sure to satisfy.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

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Sometimes you don't want all the bells and whistles. You don't want tons of candy or sprinkles, you want the popcorn to shine through.

This simple white chocolate peppermint popcorn does just that. With just 4 ingredients it's quick and easy to make and tastes amazing.

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Grinch Popcorn {Gluten-Free}

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My family watches the Grinch every year around Christmas. The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

It's one of my favorite holiday traditions.

This year, whip up a batch of green, Grinch popcorn for a treat while you watch the show!

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Red Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

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When I was a kid one of my favorite candies was Red Hots. I was the only one who liked them and I'd eat them till my mouth burned.

What about Red Hot popcorn? The smell of cinnamon will really get you in the holiday spirit as you make a batch this Christmas!

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