Christmastime has always been one of my favorite times of the year. With the twinkling lights, beautiful music, festive activities, kindness of friends and strangers, and love from family and friends, how can you not love it?
There are always so many fun things to do in the city around Christmastime. A few of our favorites include the lights in Zilker park in Downtown Austin, Burnet Bethlehem (a very large and incredible live nativity that a city outside of Austin puts on each year), and the Christmas market in a quaint city square north of Austin. Whenever we go to these, I always want to buy all the delicious food that they have for sale; but this year I have a plan, so that we don't spend our entire weekly food budget in one night!
We often go with friends to these events, and I thought it would be so fun to make and take a fabulous batch of popcorn packaged in a festive wrapping. It's perfect for sharing, and I always think that a homemade treat adds a little something to a night out, and it can also save you a little money. This snack is sweet, tasty, and easy to take along!
The Don Victor honey is delicious and the honey comb is such a surprising element! I had never purchased honey with honeycomb in it before, but I thought it was such a cool idea. The honeycomb is stunning in the jar, suspended by all that beautiful golden sweetness, and although it is definitely different than anything I have eaten before, I am totally on board. This recipe only uses a quarter of the honeycomb, so you can use the rest to experiment. I have heard it is great with crackers and cheese or on a piece of toast, and I just can't wait to try it out!
(You can find the Don Victor Honey on the Hispanic Food Aisle at your local Walmart)
makes about 6 cups
1 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey
1/4 honeycomb from the Don Victor Honey, partially drained of honey and cut into small pieces.
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, divided
light sprinkle of salt
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
Prepare the popcorn kernels either by placing them in a brown paper lunch bag and with the top of the bag folded over a few times (this is the cheapest way to make microwave popcorn and it works like a dream), or pop them in an air popper. Once they are popped, lay them out in a thin layer on a sheet of wax-paper, and set them aside.
Remove the honeycomb from the honey, and drain some of the honey off of it. With a sharp knife, cut 1/4 of the honeycomb into thin slices, then cut those slices in half to create small squares of soft honeycomb. Set these aside with the popcorn.
In a saucepan, melt the butter and honey together over medium heat. Add the 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and stir constantly until the white chocolate is melted and the mixture has just begun to simmer.
Once the mixture takes on a caramel-like consistency, remove the saucepan from the heat, and drizzle it over the popcorn. Sprinkle the popcorn with salt, and drop the remaining 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips over the popcorn. Evenly space pieces of the honeycomb over the popcorn as well. Let it cool for about 10 minutes, then package it up. For this festive packaging, follow the directions below.
Festive Tissue Wrap:
Take a square of clear cellophane wrap, and a similarly-sized square of cute tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper in half diagonally, and place it under the cellophane. Place your popcorn in the middle of the cellophane, and pull the ends of the tissue paper and the cellophane up around the popcorn. Tie a festive string around the top of the popcorn ball, securing it inside the cellophane.