12/07/2011 08:21 am ET Updated Feb 06, 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn: A Holiday Craft Project

Lucia had the idea to make popcorn strings for the Christmas tree this year. I thought it was a wonderful, brilliant idea. We popped a ginourmous amount of popcorn, got some needle and thread, and proceeded to break every kernel. So then, I looked up online to see if we should let it get stale first. And while reading that yes, we should, Lucia came into my office crying because the dog ate her popcorn string (string and all). At that point, I noticed the warning that people who have dogs and cats should not make popcorn strings for their indoor trees because they will eat them. Well, live and learn.

FORTUNATELY, I also tried something else with the popcorn that worked out BRILLIANTLY and deliciously and that will be made and made again no matter the season (although, it does taste a bit like Christmas).

To make it:

Pop the popcorn and put it in a bowl. Melt some butter (more, not less). Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (LOTS!). Add some salt. Toss and turn, and eat.

This could be a perfect party snack. Or it could be perfect eaten as an accompaniment to watching Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer for the 50th time. Or just because it tastes good and technically is not so bad for you, either--especially if you use organic ingredients!


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