Valentine’s Day Recipe: Sweetheart Pink Cream Cheese Popcorn gifts
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What’s better then pink cream cheese popcorn for Valentine’s Day? This popcorn recipe makes for the perfect, easy gift!
The story behind the pink popcorn
I knew I had to figure out how to create a sweet, pink cream cheese popcorn after visiting a little shop in Reno called “Nothing Bundt Cakes” – they sell bundt cakes, but contrary to their name, they also sell popcorn. Melt in your mouth popcorn. The kind of popcorn you have dreams about.
The only problem about having dreams about their popcorn is that their shop is located about 200 miles away from the ranch. So, unless I’ve got some real dedication to getting that popcorn, it’s pretty much unattainable.
Instead of driving the 200 miles, I decided to recreate their recipe at home. I guessed that the secret ingredient for making the popcorn is cream cheese frosting (what they top their bundt cakes with), but wanted to double check, so before heading out the door to the General Store, I called my friend Katie and asked her if she knew how to make the Nothing Bundt Cake popcorn. She said, “Whatever you do, make sure you don’t get buttered popcorn in the bag. That’s a recipe for disaster.”
I hung up the phone, pulled on my wellies, and jetted out the door with Coders in the back seat. Whilst roaming the aisles of the general store, I discovered they had some pre-made cream cheese frosting – the kind with no expiration date. Perfect!
I grabbed the last container of it, and searched for some popcorn kernels. I wasn’t having any luck, and thought, “Ugh, I might have to drive into town,” and seriously thought about forgetting the recipe and instead, spoon eating the frosting out of the container. Before I waved the white flag, I asked Hattie at the register if they had any popcorn.
She perked right up and said, “Yep! Right over here,” and led me to a lovely rack stocked with buttered bagged popcorn. I thought back to what Katie had told me, but decided she probably had no idea what she was talking about, and grabbed a couple bags.
I headed home, unpacked my bag of goodies and got to work. I started thinking that maybe (just maybe) Katie, may have known a tiny bit about sweet popcorn, so I decided to cut open the bag, and rinse the kernels with warm water until most of the butter had been washed away.
I got to poppin’ and mixed in the cream cheese frosting. The results – dream worthy! Darn, it was good. I hope you’re able to try this recipe out, because it’s worth every gram of sugar!
To finish things off, I whipped up a few popcorn gift boxes using my Cricut and some double stick tape. These make for the cutest little boxes for little ones this Valentine’s Day!
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (or two bags of popcorn rinsed well)
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup cream cheese frosting
- On medium heat, warm the oil in a wide saucepan. Add kernels, and shake the pan to coat the kernels with oil.
- Cover the saucepan, and wait 2-3 minutes. Then, right before the kernels begin to pop, add the powdered sugar, and shake to coat the kernels. Re-cover, and wait for the popping to begin! Continue shaking the pan so that the kernels don’t burn, but don’t uncover! Turn the heat down if you feel the popcorn is burning.
- Once the kernels are popped, remove the popcorn from the saucepan and place into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the frosting over the top, and use a large wooden spoon to stir. Top with sprinkles, and serve in popcorn boxes!
How to create Popcorn gift Boxes
Step 1: Open this project, and cut. I used sparkly card stock, and set my blade to the highest setting.
Step 2: Bend the box into shape, and use double stick tape to secure it together. Line with a bit of parchment paper, and fill with Sweetheart Popcorn!