Just over a week until Christmas! Who is ready? I most definitely am not, but slowly and surely, I am getting there.
Christmas gifts used to be a pretty massive deal for me. Most years I would learn a new craft or art form and start a few months in advance turning that new craft or art form into gifts. I love being creative and enjoy learning new ways to be creative. Christmas is usually the perfect time to do this. The last few years though, my time has been a lot more strapped. I miss crafting and drawing, but remind myself that there are different seasons in life.
Right now I am in the three young kids + cooking for a family with special dietary needs + a baby home business + I will go crazy if I have one more thing on my plate stage. That means I need to be creative in how I be creative. Fitting I guess.
This year I am putting down the pencils and paint brushes, and using measuring spoons. I can be creative while capitalizing on my time because I am developing new recipes anyway! It is the year of fun popcorn seasonings, and also unique homemade chocolates (but I can’t share the recipes for those as I am saving them for a project).
Mark and I enjoy popcorn in the evening after the kids go to bed (Natalia can’t have corn, so none during the day). But, as fun as it is to pop and eat, it is a little bland on it’s own.
I decided to try using our homemade dairy free ranch seasoning on it and both Mark and I loved the results. The next time I popped popcorn I decided it was time to make the (also dairy free) Doritos popcorn that I had seen on Whole New Mom and been wanting to try for a while. We really loved it as well!
This lead me to think of a few other fun seasoning mixes I could make for popcorn. Ones I could maybe even gift with some popcorn to family. I came up with three other ones: BBQ, a sugar and spice one, and sweet matcha. It is fun to switch up the flavors and have some variety. I think I might even be doing the BBQ one tonight.
Whether you want to use these as gifts, or just for the fun of having a variety of flavors I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Ranch is a flavor I have always enjoyed, but missed since we were dairy free. I figured out how to make a homemade allergy free ranch dressing, but also wanted to have a seasoning mix for things like this.
You can find the recipe for the Dairy Free Ranch Seasoning Mix here. Make sure you pop the popcorn with a generous amount of oil, or drizzle with melted ghee/oil before seasoning to get the seasoning to stick.
I had been eyeballing this recipe from Whole new mom for a while, we finally made it and love it! It definitely reminds me of Doritos and made me realize nutritional yeast can indeed be yummy.
You can find the recipe for this Dairy Free Dorito Popcorn here.
This one I think might be my favorite of the batch. I have been wanting to try smoked paprika for a while, and oh my is it good. So sweet, and obviously, smokey. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I am not always a fan of smoky flavors, but this really hit the spot. A little sweet, definitely smokey, and spicy with optional heat. I was originally going to call it “Sweet and smokey” but didn’t have room on the pail. Now you know one of my secrets in naming recipes. It definitely tasted like bbq flavored foods, so that it was.
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- Mix everything together. Run batches of it through a spice grinder of coffee grinder until nicely ground (the smaller the pieces the better it sticks to popcorn).
- Store in an airtight container.
- To make sure the seasoning will stick to the popcorn, pop the popcorn with oil/ghee and/or drizzle with melted butter/ghee/oil.
- Season to taste. I like to go strong with this one! (See picture.)
If you love the taste of matcha, you will definitely enjoy this simple matcha popcorn.
- 4 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
- 1+ cup powdered sugar (I just ground organic white sugar in a coffee grinder)
- ½ teaspoon powdered salt (I grind in a coffee grinder and keep on hand for popcorn)
- Mix everything together, if you want the matcha not as strong add more powdered sugar.
- Use to season popcorn that has been popped in a generous amount of oil, or drizzled with melted ghee/butter/oil so the seasoning will stick to taste.
This one definitely tastes of the holidays! Some spices, ginger, and powdered sucanat makes a deliciously sweet popcorn. I like my sweet popcorn with a bit of salt to, so add some powdered salt.
- 1 cup sucanant
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon [url="http://amzn.to/1OJjQGQ" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"] dried ginger powder[/url]
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/16 (or one tiny pinch) teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Mix everything together. Grind in a spice grinder (working on batches) until everything is powdered.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Season to taste on popcorn that has been popped with oil, or has been drizzled with ghee/melted butter/some sort of oil so the seasoning stick.
- I like mine sweet and salty so also add a bit more powdered salt (salt I grind in a coffee grinder and keep on hand for popcorn).
A Gift For Popcorn Lovers
I am keeping the gifts pretty simple, as I shared above. I bet you could go crazy with packaging, but I am “simply” using mason jars. Simple is in quotations because apparently they are hard to find this time of year! My sister picked me up a few when she was in the city, and then the next day I saw them for half the price at one of the local grocery stores I go to! Oops. So, while it was not simple for me getting the jars, it should be simple enough for anyone who decides to take a few minutes to call around and see who has them!
I buy popcorn in bulk (aff link), and am making large batches of these seasoning mixes. I will be gifting small containers of the seasoning mix with a jar of popcorn. I will be giving each person/family the flavors I think they will enjoy as well as the simple instructions (season to taste, make sure there is butter [none of my family is dairy free] or oil on the popcorn to make the seasonings stick.)
If you wanted to make it extra special, gift the popcorn with a new game (for a game night with snacks), movie (for a family popcorn or movie night), or a stove top popcorn popper.