Traditions play a big part in our holiday celebrations. Every year we look forward to the arrival of our elf, decorating gingerbread houses, and serving others with our 12 Days of Service Project and watching our favorite holiday movies. It’s these little things that help make the holiday feel truly magical. The holiday season would not be complete for our family without our annual How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie night. This year we are making the Imperial Sugar recipe for Grinch Munch Popcorn to make our movie night extraordinary!
Movie night would not be complete without popcorn, wouldn’t you agree?! Freshly popped popcorn with a sweet and salty crunch is a delightful snack, especially when it’s combined with a beloved holiday classic. Everyone’s heart is sure to grow two sizes when they take a bite out of this green Grinch Munch Popcorn.
Popcorn coated with a sweet green topping and sprinkled with red candy hearts is the perfect treat for the annual reading or watching of the classic Christmas story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
I used red glitter hearts in two different sizes, to represent out the Grinch’s heart grew that fateful day in Who-ville, to decorate green popcorn boxes for our special movie night. This was a simple and easy way to make an ordinary treat feel extraordinary.
This would also be great for classroom parties or holiday gatherings. Package into treat bags or popcorn boxes and pair it with a copy of the book or movie for a fun family holiday gift for friends and neighbors. This recipe is super easy to make, just like all of the recipes we’ve tried from the Imperial Sugar Kids In the Kitchen website. You only need a few ingredients and most of them you probably already have in your pantry!
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup large popcorn kernels
- ½ cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- green gel food coloring
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- red candy hearts
- red, green, and white sprinkles
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid over medium heat. Add three kernels of corn and add lid. Let the three kernels pop and remove.
- Add the rest of the kernels, sugar, and food coloring. Add lid and take off of the heat for 30 seconds.
- Put the pot back on the heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popping slows down.
- Remove from heat and pour the hot popcorn immediately into a large bowl. Toss with salt, candy hearts, and nonpareils.
Our family loved the new addition to our annual movie tradition, and we look forward to having this Grinch Munch Popcorn for many years to come as part of our celebration.
Does your family have special holiday traditions that you look forward to every year? We love to hear how others celebrate the season so leave a comment and tell us about your favorite holiday traditions.