Valentine popcorn treat bags
I like to make special treats for Little Jo to take to her class for Valentine’s Day. This year, I thought I would make some of Chica’s kettle corn and send it in in bags for each kid. Well, once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I kept adding more fun elements until I came up with cute little tags and kettle corn with a twist. Let me show you what I did!
For the record, you can do this with regular popcorn, if you don’t want to make kettle corn. However, I can tell you that the kettle corn is spectacular when you get to the end of this. If you make the kettle corn you will need: Chica’s instructions, salt, sugar, a Whirley-Pop, and oil. For the rest of the project you will need parchment paper (my favorite kitchen tool), Wilton candy melts, Ziploc bags, a printer, white paper, scissors or a paper cutter, brown lunch bags and a stapler.
First, make your kettle corn (or your regular popcorn) and spread it out on the parchment paper. Try to resist eating too much of it at this point, because you will need it to fill those bags later!
Next, dump your candy melts into a Ziploc bag. I used red melts and pink melts. I started with the red ones. Microwave the melts and knead the bag until all the lumps are gone. Twist your bag and snip a small hole in the corner.
Then, proceed to make a beautiful red candy mess by squeezing the melted candy out all over the top of the popcorn. Doesn’t this look yummy already? You could stop here but why would you? It needs more!
Wait for the melted candy to harden and then toss the popcorn to break it up again. Spread it back out onto your parchment paper to get it ready for the next layer, the pink! I melted my pink candy melts the same way as before and squeezed the pink candy all over the popcorn again. Look at how pretty it is!
I felt the popcorn needed one last little punch so I got out some red decor sugar and sprinkled it onto the still-melted pink chocolate. Now THAT looks done!
Allow it all to dry and then break it up one final time. Then, eat some. Eat a little more and finally, tell yourself that you will have just one more bite. To prevent all of the popcorn from disappearing, remove yourself from the kitchen and head to the craft room for this next part.
Packaging the popcorn for the kids starts with a bag tag we designed just for the occasion. Downoad and print our Valentine’s Day Popcorn Treat bag tag template onto white cardstock.
Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut the tags apart, then fill out the “to” and “from” areas on the back of the tag.
Now, you have to go back up to the yummy popcorn. Fill your bags about half full.
Fold the top of the bag down, then place the tag over it.
Then just staple the tag to the bag in each corner to secure it in place.
Now you have a delicious Valentine treat. My husband says he would like a batch with melted dark chocolate over it instead of the pink and red. I might just have to do that for him for his special Valentine’s Day treat.