DIY Holiday Popcorn Trio
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You know those giant tins of flavored popcorn that pop up everywhere during the holidays? A homemade version is a perfect DIY food gift, and easy to pull off even last-minute.

Assembling beautiful Christmas cookie plates for holiday gifting is nice, but if you can’t bake or don’t have the time, these homemade flavored popcorn combos are just as thoughtful. Plus, throwing in at least one savory can offer a little relief from all the holiday sweets.

Our combo includes caramel corn, a cheesy popcorn, and a version of kettle corn that isn’t excessively sweet. They all taste way better than the store-bought stuff—but we also have some other suggestions if you want to go a little less traditional.

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The Classic Flavors

Make this trio and bundle together for an elevated version of the classic Christmas treat.

Easy Kettle Corn

Easy Kettle Corn recipe


This boasts just the right balance of salt and sugar for a compulsively crunchable snack. Get our Easy Kettle Corn recipe.

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn recipe


Buttery-sweet caramel is a classic, so get our Caramel Corn recipe. (But if you want to go a little nuts, try our Cracky Snack recipe instead, which adds peanuts.)

Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn recipe


Drizzling the popcorn with butter makes the cheese stick, and baking it afterward crisps it back up. Get our Cheesy Popcorn recipe.

Modern Twists

For something deliciously different, try adding some of these other flavors to the mix.

Black Sesame and Mustard Popcorn

Black Sesame and Mustard Popcorn recipe


Black sesame seeds and sesame oil lend a nutty flavor that plays well with the slight bitterness and faint burn of the dry mustard. Get our Black Sesame and Mustard Popcorn recipe.

Parmigiano–Black Pepper Popcorn

Parmigiano-Black Pepper Popcorn recipe


The spicy bite of black pepper gives tangy, salty parmesan cheese a nice kick. Get our Parmigiano–Black Pepper Popcorn recipe.

Frenchified Popcorn

popcorn with herbes de provence


Herbes de provence class up your popcorn and give it a French accent. Munch it while watching Truffaut or Godard (or whatever’s on Netflix). Get the Frenchified Popcorn recipe.

Spicy Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

Spicy Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


The natural spiciness of cinnamon is enhanced by chili oil in this fiery-sweet treat. Get our Spicy Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn recipe.

For more festive gift ideas, see our gourmet gift guide. And for more tips, tricks, and recipes, visit our Holiday Headquarters.

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