In kicking off our Boutique Cafe Festival of Traditions and Tutorials, I asked my Mom Sharon to share her recipe for popcorn wreaths. This is something we have made my whole life, and each year I know Mom will be making these. It’s always so heartwarming to see and smell the delightful traditions in my Mom’s kitchen each year. I love having a list of favourite things that she makes, and knowing that when I come home they are waiting for us to snack on. Thanks so much Mom for sharing your recipe and for all the beautiful Christmas’s you have given me over the years. Love, Daria
Hi this is Daria’s Mom. One of our family’s favourite Christmas traditions is making popcorn wreaths to give away to friends and neighbors (and teachers). It is an easy treat to make and tastes yummy!
I use an angel food cake pan to get the shape of a wreath, and then I also form my own candy cane shapes, which are also fun. If you want to be creative you could do star shapes or whatever else you can think of to make this fun and interesting. Our children still look forward to this tradition and now we are passing along to our grandchildren. Hope you enjoy as much as we do.
Pop 1 ½ cups of popcorn (remove all unpopped kernels).
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
½ cup marjarine
1 pinch salt
Bring to a boil while constantly stirring. (Burns easily, watch closely)
Cook to almost soft ball stage in cold water. Remove from stove and add 1 tsp. Vanilla.
Pour over popcorn. Mix well.
Pour syrupy popcorn into well sprayed angel food or bundt pan. Press and leave about a minute to take form.
Remove from pan and decorate with jube jubes, and/or Christmas candies of all sorts.
Note: Prior to preparing the recipe I cut out cardboard squares big enough to hold the popcorn wreath, or rectangular ones to hold the candy cane shapes. Cover the cardboard with tinfoil and you are ready to go. Makes it easy to deliver your decorated treat!