Just in time for the holidays, we added decorative holiday tins to our product selection to help you wrap up your gift giving with ease. And what could be better to put in these tins than homemade popcorn? Continue reading for some fun popcorn facts, proper storage techniques and recipes you can use for a delicious holiday gift.
Popcorn kernels need 13.5% to 14% moisture content in order to pop. Those unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bowl? Most likely they were too dry to pop. In order to keep your popcorn kernels fresh, store them in an airtight glass or plastic container. We think a mason jar works great…and looks great, too! Storing popcorn kernels in the refrigerator or freezer might seem like a good idea, however, this can dry out the kernels so it is not recommended. Properly stored popcorn kernels can last for years.
Once popcorn has been popped, it will remain fresh longer if moisture is kept out. A large glass jar or plastic bag works well for this. Store popped popcorn in a cool, dry place such as a pantry, to maintain freshness. Popped popcorn can even be refrigerated or frozen to extend its freshness.
Popcorn makes a great holiday gift for a hostess, teacher, or neighbor. It is also an economical wheat and nut-free treat for a classroom or holiday party. Here are some of our favorite recipes to use this holiday party season:
Classic or Spicy Popcorn
Did you know that you can pop popcorn in the microwave in brown paper bags? You can! No oil needed. Just make sure to keep a close eye on the popping time since over-cooking can cause the popcorn to burn and leave a not-so-nice smell in the air. Season your popped corn with a little salt and melted butter for a healthy snack, or kick up the flavor with some garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin with this Spicy Popcorn recipe from Rachael Ray. Individual portions served in our holiday themed cellophane bags make the perfect classroom treat!
This melt-in-your-mouth Caramel Corn recipe will keep them coming back for more! Fill up our larger decorative holiday tins for an easy, homemade gift that will amaze.
Chocolate Carmel Corn
Mix this Chocolate Carmel Corn Recipe and Classic Carmel Corn for a gourmet treat that will impress! A little goes a long way, so our smaller round decorative holiday tins are perfect for this decadent treat.
And don’t forget a popcorn scoop! With all of this popcorn you’ll be making, our scoops make loading up tins and bags with your crunchy treat a breeze.
Tell us what you think! Do you like your popcorn plain and simple or exotic? What would you put in our holiday tins?