Pop into the New Year with a Popcorn Party

Looking for a kid-friendly, easy snack this New Year’s Eve? Pop up some Popcorn! Whoever said, “good things come in small packages,” was obviously talking about popcorn. Transform this simple snack into a sneaky easy feast. Your kids, their friends, and your friends will love it! Bonus… Popcorn and champagne were made for each other, like PB&J.

Get The Party Started… 
Popcorn toppings are only limited by your imagination, although we’d recommend staying away from super wet ingredients, you do want POPcorn not soggycorn! Most ingredients are easy to add after the corn is popped, tossing it in a paper bag or a large bowl. Try to keep your toppings small, cheese can be finely pulsed in a food processor for more even distribution, chocolate should be small bits or melted. Here’s how to make the big classics…

Caramel Corn
Caramel popcorn is the Cadillac of classic popcorn flavors, combining just the right amount of sticky sweet and salty crunch. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of your popcorn, spread out on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F. until caramel is hardened (about 40-50 minutes), tossing the popcorn once. Pair with a hard cider for a caramel apple explosion of flavor. Pick beers that are darker with chocolate or coffee notes. When picking a bubbly, look for one that is more dry for a nice contrast with a toasty, yeasty, green apple flavor.

Cheesy Popcorn
The key to a box style cheesy popcorn is to finely process the cheese in your food processor, add to whey powder and toss onto fresh popcorn. However, if you don’t have ready access to whey powder, play around with the textures. Try grating and shaving the cheese on top of your bowl (remember if your popcorn is warm you’ll get some meltage), drizzle your favorite flavored oils on top for added flavors. Try Truffle Oil and Asiago or Parmigiano Reggiano and pair with a crisp bright bubbly, a farmhouse style ale, or heirloom hard cider. Go classic sharp cheddar and enjoy a realm of possibilities with dry sparkling wine, crisp hard cider, or malty beers.

Chocolate Popcorn
Using your preferred chocolate melting method, melt your favorite chocolate chips. Pour melted chocolate over popped popcorn, tossing in the bowl to coat evenly. If adding other items (candies, nuts, cinnamon) add while chocolate is warm so it will stick. Let cool until chocolate isn’t sticky, or grab a spoon and a pile of napkins and dig in! Turn into Hot Cocoa Popcorn by adding marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

A Few Of Our Favorite Toppings

  • Nuts: Candied, Chocolate Covered, Smoked
  • Yogurt Covered Raisins
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Sprinkles
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Truffle Salt
  • Burritt’s Firehouse Rub

Try Out These Other Flavors Pairings

  • Classic Butter – Crisp Sparkling Wine, Crisp Hard Ciders & IPAS
  • Your Fave Meat & Spice Rubs – Full Bodied Sparkling, Juicy Hard Ciders, Beer According to Rub: Smoky or Spicy Rubs = Malty/Dark Beers, Citrus Rubs = IPAS, Pilsner, Wheat
  • White Chocolate – Fruity Sparkling Wine & Dark or Creamy Beers
  • Chocolate & Chili Pepper – Sparkling Rosés & Dark Beers
  • Truffle & Rosemary – Yeasty Sparkling Wines, Dry Hard Ciders, Hoppy Beers
  • Curry, Pistachios, & Golden Raisins – Semi-Sweet Hard Ciders, Pale Ales