Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pink Power Popcorn

Today, I'll finish my last day of teaching for 2010. Wooohoooo! This should give me time for the really important things in life. You know... like blogging.

I'm not the only one finishing school this week. The daughters are finishing as well.  It's finals week at Mercer University this week.  In just a few days, they will be home as well, and all will be right in Debbie Land.

We always send the coeds a box of goodies to help get them through finals week. Here's some of it. You won't be surprised to learn that The Duchess adds to it as well. 

It generally includes some healthy snacks as well as some good old fashioned homemade comfort. The winter finals box always includes more homemade cocoa.

This year,
 I decided to add a little bit of whimsy to the box
 in the form of
 white chocolate peppermint popcorn,

Which I decided to name Pink Power Popcorn
for no good reason
other than that I like to name things.

I found the recipe last year and could hardly wait to try it this Christmas. It's simple, and both the daughters and the niece reported that it was delicious.  Good to know since it was easy too. Now, I'm going to make some to give as Christmas gifts and send them along with some peppermint cocoa.

I used 16 cups of popped popcorn.
This took three bags of microwave popcorn.

Crush 1/2 cup of peppermints.
 I used my coffee bean grinder.
You could just whack it by hand if you wanted.

Then melt 2 cups of white chocolate
chips in the microwave.

Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn,
and sprinkle the crushed peppermint over it all.
Mix it together thoroughly in a huge bowl,
and spread it out on a piece of freezer paper.

See? It's pinkish.

Then bag it up in festive peppermint bags
with peppermint ribbon

and send it on to some favorite coeds.

That's it.
Now, I'm off to school.
After that, a DAR meeting...
I might need a little Pink Power myself
by the end of the day.


CAL said...

How cute is that! You've inspired me to give this a whirl.

I see a tablescape in the near future using the power of pink and you're just the gal to put it together.

Kathleen said...

Wow, you get off early for Cmas! We always had to work till Cmas Eve! Enjoy your down time, this beautiful season, and your music! Loved the previous post too.
You are a good mom! I always loved those boxes from home. There weren't too many of them...I am the youngest of 4, and I guess it got old! :)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a WONDERFUL treat for those enduring finals! Enjoy your time off and looking forward to the blog posts :)


Lynn Richards said...

Happy Last Teaching Day!!!! I'm hoping your popcorn gave you the energy you needed. (Did you use sugar free peppermints for yours?) It sounds wonderful. I haven't sent my girl a finals package.....I just send texts! Can't wait to get them all HOME!!!!

Angel said...

What a great Mom you are! This sounds like a wonderful treat and something maybe even I could do. :) Thanks for sharing it.

And, by the way, thank you for stopping by my place. Your comments encourage me and I always look forward to your visits. Have a great day!!!

Amy Kinser said...

This popcorn looks delicious. I have made the same kind minus the peppermint and we love it.

Sweet that you send the girls packages to help them finish up. You know that I will be remembering all these things you do for when mine are in college.

Can't wait for you to have your girls back so all will be great in Debbie Land.

Bless you, my sweet friend.

Anonymous said...

Yummy. I love popcorn anything and that looks good and "cute" at the same time. Can food look cute??? :)

Sonja said...

oh yikes! I want to be one of your coeds! Now this means I will probably have to make this in my own kitchen, 'cuz peppermint pink power popcorn can NOT be ignored!!

Dianne said...

Hi Debbie--

As a former teacher, I remember how welcome those Christmas holidays were--so glad you are through for the rest of the year--enjoy!

And I love the sweet little popcorn bags--hope to have time to make some of those!


Chatty Crone said...

white chocolate peppermint popcorn - need i say more? yummy! looked good too. how nice for you to do that for the girls. and man you had a busy day!


Dayle said...

You're just full of talent!!

Bella said...

This looks so good ~ and it's cute, too! I will be done working for the year on Friday, and then I'm off until Jan. 4. I can hardly wait for the holiday break to begin so I can get on with more interesting things. LOL :)

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I remember that ecstatic feeling of freedom on the last day of teaching!
What a great pick me up for finals. I'm going to make this for my nephew... with a non-pink ribbon of course.
Thanks for sharing, Annette

Ms.Daisy said...

Sounds like a winner to me! I saw a picture of peppermint-topped fudge brownies and they were excellent so I think I'm going to try Peppermint popcorn too! Love how you share your recipes with us.


Vanessa said...

Yup! I am making me some of that! This is such a fun idea and I think wacking the peppermints by hand is a good stress reliever. Cheaper than therapy! :-) Thanks for this great idea!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks...this looks great and I was wanting some popcorn for our caroling party...this will be wonderful!!

Kelli said...

Celebrating with you on your last day of teaching! There's nothing like a break from normalcy! Popcorn and peppermint are two of my favorite things so I'm sure I'd love them together. Bet your daughter did too!!

Sue said...

Cute and delicious! I like that. I have a peppermint party coming up and that sounds like something the kids would like. It is a party for boys so I will have to call it peppermint popcorn!! No pink allowed!

You won the giveaway at my blog ~ I sent an email, but you are probably busy with end of school stuff ~ or maybe you didn't get it. Could you email me your contact stuff and I will get it out to you!!

Merry Christmas and enjoy your daughters return from school. Loved that time!

Sharon Kirby said...

Oh man, this popcorn looks DELICIOUS. I can almost taste it through the computer.

If I decide to try to make some of this - I'm going for the whacking-by-hand method. I'm just a "whacker yakker" at heart...

Glad you'll have more time now for the real priorities in life - blogging, yes I agree - is there ANYTHING else???

Here's to the power of pink...HIP, HIP, PEPPERMINT!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I sure hope those coeds know that everyone doesn't get "pink power popcorn," along with a myriad of goodies to help them through finals. My mom is the best, even perfection in my eyes, but she failed to make my dorm room a dream or send me finals week care packages! You are amazing and your popcorn divine...and ho ho ho, have a merry last school day, friend!

bunny The Paris House said...

I have never seen or heard of pink peppermint popcorn and now you have me obsessing over it. I am going to paste this recipe into my cooking folder on my computer! It is gorgeous and you are one amazing perfect mom!!
Happy Holidays

Vanessa said...

Just had to come back by and tell you that I wasn't blowin' smoke when I said I was going to try this recipe! I went to the store this morning to get everything and I'm going to put some in the goodie bags for my son's class. That is, if there is any left after I "sample" it! :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What lucky girls to receive such a great goodie bags, and everybody needs some pink power during finals. I want to try this idea for popcorn. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

Denise said...

So happy your elder coed shared this treat with her cousin. She loved it. My package didn't have popcorn or cocoa (she got to share that too). I only hope mine shared her cookies and homemade soup. (I got up at 5:30 am to make the confounded soup).

I can't wait...
for coeds to come home,
to try chocolate peppermint popcorn,
and baby sisters to start feeling better!

Big HUGS to you today!!

Denise said...

Sorry. Maybe "younger" (which you are and I am not) would have been a better word choice. I was feeling bad for you so baby sister kind of popped out.

Sherry said...

Oh, wow. I have to try that! It would have some power with the peppermint zing. How yummy! Thanks for recipe.

Sailing Simply said...

Ooouu! This sounds soo good and easy! I am thinking I would love this in dark chocolate with peppermints..That's soo doable! I can't wait to make some. I'm going to make some treats next week so this is so timely. Thank you!

Anita said...

Yum, yum, yum!! Send me one!!! And it all looks so pretty too! I have never been good at sending those goodies out. I always eat everything I make here. Now that we have been stuck here for over a week, I have cooked, and cooked. Wish I had not given my mother my treadmill. I'm going to need it. Thanks for stopping by!

FrouFrouBritches said...

YUM! YUM! YUM! Sounds amazing!!!

saltbox treasures said...

I will have to try this peppermint popcorn! Your gifts look wonderful!
Merry Christmas!
~ Julie


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