Eggnog is kind of a love it or leave it food.
Personally, I don’t know how to feel about it.
First, I get reallyomgexcited about it, and then I get home and have a sip and I’m like whyyyyyy does this creation exisssssst? So nogggyyyyy.
I mean, I like the flavor. But thinking about gulping it kind of gives me the heebie geebies.
So I figured I needed to implement the classic flavor of eggnog in a less-noggy, more-likey kind of way. Popcorn seemed like the perfect vessel for said idea.
Of course, you guys know me far too well and know I can’t leave popcorn as popcorn or eggnog as eggnog. Or even eggnog popcorn as eggnog popcorn.
I added Twix and toffee in the mix because that’s what logical anti-eggnog drinkers do when they desperately want that spicy, sweet, nog flavor without feeling like they’re chugging wet concrete. Amiriiiiite?
Even you ‘nog naysayers will like it. Pretty promise.
About 8 cups popped kettle corn, kernels removed
1 pkg Wilton Eggnog candy melts
About 8 miniature Twix bars, roughly chopped
About 1 cup toffee baking bits
1. Line a flat, clean work space with wax paper. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, melt the candy melts according to package directions until smooth.
2. Pour the popcorn and chopped Twix into the candy melts and gently stir to coat thoroughly. Spread the coated popcorn in an even layer onto the wax paper and sprinkle liberally with toffee bits.
3. Allow the popcorn to set, about 30 minutes, before breaking into pieces and storing airtight. Bag these up in cellophane bags and they’d make excellent gifts!
Eggnog is such a classic Christmas flavor, whether or not you like it traditionally as a drink. This popcorn will please both nog lovers and haters. The spicy, sweet, rum+nutmeg flavor of the eggnog candy melts coats the sweet + salty kettle corn perfectly, giving the noggy flavor a new texture. The addition of the chocolatey, crunchy Twix and buttery toffee bits are unexpected wildcard flavor pairings that aid the eggnog in another layer of sweetness but also another texture with the smooth crunch. This popcorn is, in a word, awesome!