This Gingerbread Popcorn is an easy and sweet treat to enjoy throughout the holidays. Made with 6 simple ingredients, this lightly spiced and decadent snack is ready to eat in 10 minutes or can be given away as a delicious gift!
Gingerbread popcorn recipe
From November to December, serve this kettle corn style Gingerbread Popcorn as a sweet treat on family movie night! It’s perfectly spiced and so comforting around the holidays. The best part is your kids will love it!
My gingerbread popcorn recipe is made with 6 simple ingredients and ready to eat in 10 minutes. The buttery, caramelly gingerbread popcorn seasoning is poured onto popped popcorn and baked in the oven until it’s sticky, crunchy, and golden brown. It’s one of the best and easiest holiday treats you can enjoy as a snack or gift to friends and family.
How to make gingerbread popcorn
Learning how to make candied popcorn at home is so easy. All you need is some butter, gingerbread spice, and, of course, popcorn! I prefer to make this recipe with air popped popcorn but microwave popcorn works just as well.
Here’s how it’s done:
Pop your popcorn and preheat the oven. Layer the popcorn on two large baking sheets.
Mix the melted butter, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
Pour the gingerbread butter mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat.
Bake for 10 minutes, making sure to stir the popcorn halfway through the cooking time.
Let the baked popcorn cool for a few minutes, then pour in a bowl and enjoy!
There are plenty of ways you can customize your homemade gingerbread popcorn, whether it’s with a few treats mixed into each serving or playing with the ingredients. Try any of these variations:
- Add ins – Stir pecans, walnuts, a chopped chocolate bar, chocolate or caramel chips, candy, or pretzel pieces into the gingerbread popcorn once it’s cool.
- Gingerbread spice mix – You can leave the spice mix as is or add nutmeg, allspice, or ground cloves for warmer flavors.
- Oil or butter free popcorn – To keep your popcorn butter or oil free, mist it with water (using a water mister) once before tossing it with half of the seasoning. Mist again and toss with the rest of the seasoning. Misting the popcorn once or twice will help the seasoning stick, keep the snack low calorie, and won’t cause your popcorn to get soft.
- Caramel gingerbread popcorn – Stir the gingerbread spices into a batch of homemade caramel sauce and pour it over the popcorn. Toss it all together, then bake!
- Maple ginger popcorn – Stir 1 to 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup into the melted butter mixture to give this popcorn snack a comforting maple flavor.
Gingerbread popcorn as holiday gifts
This easy homemade gingerbread popcorn makes enough for a couple servings but if you’re giving some of the kettle corn out as gifts, you can always double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe. Baking the popcorn in the oven should prevent it from becoming soggy too quickly, but just in case, give out the gifts within 2 days of making the popcorn.
Place about a handful of popcorn in a Christmas tin along with some sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, gingerbread cookies, and snowball cookies, or wrap it in small plastic gift bags with ribbon. Voila! A simple and delicious gift for friends, family, or neighbors.
More simple and giftable holiday snacks you’ll love
- Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Cinnamon Sugar Pistachios
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- Chocolate Vegan Fudge
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- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place popcorn on 2 large rimmed baking sheets.
- In a bowl mix melted butter, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and salt together. Pour butter mixture over popcorn, tossing so it’s fully coated.
- Bake for 10 minutes, stirring the popcorn halfway.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before pouring it into a big bowl. Enjoy!