For some reason I couldn't get the idea of sweet & salty kettle corn out of my head.
So I went with it. And it was not only super easy to put together, but seriously snackable. I of course had to make a batch to taste test the measurements, and I couldn't keep Matt and Riker out of the kitchen for more than 2 minutes at a time while I was playing around and snapping photos. Those two were like hungry little birds snatching handfuls every time I turned my back.
The recipe, if you can call it that, calls for the simplest of ingredients: popcorn (I use organic, and that's really about the only healthy thing in here - but come on, it's the holidays after all), sugar, salt, pretzels and red & green M&Ms.
Plus how cute are they?
Christmas Kettle Corn in a Jar
Makes 1 Jar, or 1 large bowl of popcorn (can easily be multiplied for additional jars)
1 12 oz. mason jar
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup red & green M&M's (I use peanut M&Ms)
1 cup mini pretzels
1/2 stick butter (recipient will have to supply this)
Place the popcorn kernels in a snack size plastic baggie. Remove all air and seal tight.
Mix together the sugar and salt in a small bowl, set aside.
To layer the jars, place the sugar & salt mixture on the bottom; then add the M&M's, then the pretzels, and finally the baggie of popcorn kernels. Screw the lid on tight.
The gift tag should read:
Christmas Kettle Corn
You'll need: 1/2 stick butter
Pop the corn kernels in an air popper or on the stove top with 1 Tbsp. oil.
Melt 1/2 stick of butter, and pour over the popped kernels. Toss to combine.
Pour the contents of the jar into the popcorn, toss and enjoy!