The Grinch is one of the classic Christmas movies that my children love to watch every year; among others are The Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, Family Man, and It's a Wonderful Life. This year I was looking for fun ways for our family to enjoy our holiday movies. I wanted to add just another fun element to keep it fresh. I found a clever post from Two Sister's Crafting for the Grinch movie where they have a fun recipe for Grinch Popcorn. I even had "Max" keeping guard while I worked on the popcorn!
I added my own little twist to this idea a bit by eating the popcorn in style with A & A Worldwide's new popcorn treat boxes which you can get in silver or gold to match your holiday decor!
I loved making this recipe for the popcorn. It's a bit of a twist on rice crispy treats, except with popcorn and M&M's. I made the Two Sister's Crafting version of Grinch Popcorn, which the kids got a kick out of!
It was kind of fun popping corn in a large pot on the stove instead of in the microwave. I used a large pot with a glass lid, so the kids were able to watch the popcorn dance around while it popped.
I was also able to find Morton's Popcorn Salt and used Tillamook's Sweet Cream Butter. It was the best flavor combination! So yummy . . .
In addition to the green Grinch popcorn, I also made a few varieties since I had plenty of popcorn and M&M's left over:
- a Christmas version with red and green M&M's using the gold popcorn boxes
- a Hanukkah version using the blue M&M's and silver popcorn boxes, and
- a Halloween/Autumn version using the orange and yellow M&M's and gold popcorn boxes.
While I made the popcorn for the movies, the kids had fun decorating cookies.
We used a Pillsbury pre-made dough, but it didn't quite turn out the way we thought it would. The package didn't say to use extra flour if you were to cut shapes out. So we were a bit surprised and bummed out that all the effort the kids made to cut the dough into Santa, Elf, and other Christmas shapes and the cookies just ended up melting into big circles. But that didn't stop the kids from decorating or eating the cookies though - after all, sugar is sugar no matter the form!
I decided this year to make our annual holiday movie party an event for friends as well. So I made enough popcorn and Chocolate Peppermint Bark for neighbors and friends and placed them in A & A Worldwide's gold polka-dot and white treat bags to invite them to our holiday movie night.
You can download a FREE PRINTABLE Holiday Movie Invite to send your own invitations out this Christmas with our treat bags! TIP: Print the invite on white card stock for an elegant look.
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