I am thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite Christmas traditions today as part of a a Christmas traditions blog tour, hosted by Rachel from Like a Saturday!
Traditions can be really hard sometimes. I love, love, love the idea of traditions and the comfort and joy they bring. But most traditions involve doing certain things at certain times – and that is really tough for our family. My husband doesn’t have a Monday-Friday 9-5 kind of job. He often works late and on weekends and even on holidays. Which means traditions like decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving or going to the Christmas parade together just don’t work out the way I would like. Inevitably, as soon as we get a tradition started, something seems to come up to derail it!
But there is one tradition we never miss, year after year – making this delicious chocolate toffee crunch popcorn!
You just can’t go wrong with food, especially special treats! There are certain treats I make every single year at Christmas – preacher cookies, peppermint bark, muddy buddies. Even though we could eat them any time of year, for us they mean Christmas and that is the only time I make them.
And the best, most delicious Christmas treat of them all – chocolate toffee crunch popcorn. It is so amazingly good. Once it is in the house, I have zero self control. Sometimes I even sneak a little before breakfast – I love it that much! (Of course now I have to be careful – if my two year old catches me sneaking a piece, he won’t rest until he gets some too!)
And of course I like to make a little extra to give as gifts. Throw some in a cute mason jar with some Christmas ribbon and you have a perfect inexpensive neighbor gift.
Chocolate Toffee Crunch Popcorn
2 bags microwave popcorn (natural or lightly buttered)
1 bag Heath toffee bits
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag butterscotch chips
Pop the popcorn in the microwave. Pour it into a couple of large bowls. Be very careful to remove any unpopped kernels at this stage – once they are all covered in chocolately goodness, they become impossible to spot and we don’t want anyone cracking a tooth!
Chop half of the butterscotch chips in a food processor and add these and the toffee bits to the popcorn.
Place the chocolate chips and the other half of the butterscotch chips in the microwave. Microwave them for three minutes or until melted, stirring every thirty seconds.
Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and mix it all together using your hands. (This part can be a bit messy – but oh so worth it!)
Cover a couple of cookie sheets with waxed paper and pour the popcorn mixture onto it.
Let it cool for a few hours. Once the chocolate has fully hardened, break the popcorn into pieces and store it in an airtight container.
Before you head out, be sure to check out all the other amazing Christmas traditions being shared this week! (And if you missed my Christmas home tour, you are definitely going to want to see that!)
Monday, Dec. 1
Tuesday, Dec. 2
4) Decor and the Dog
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Thursday, Dec. 4
1) May Richer Fuller Be
3) Everyday Enchanting
Friday, Dec. 5
I am linking this post at Christmas Sweets and Treats.