DIY Teacher Appreciation {White Chocolate Popcorn Tutorial}

May 6, 2012 20 Comments | Disclosure

DIY Teacher Appreciation {White Chocolate Popcorn Tutorial}

Teacher Appreciation is this week so I am going to share with you a couple of fun and frugal gifts to show those hardworking teachers how much we appreciate them. Before I had kids I taught kindergarten and always got interesting gifts. The ones I LOVED were the ones that I could use in my classroom, gift cards, edible or practical gifts.

I have 3 kids in school so I can’t afford to spend a lot on the teachers, but I like to do things for them so they know that I am grateful for how hard they work.  I make this white chocolate popcorn a lot. I love it because it is quick and easy and tastes so good and makes a ton. I made some for the teachers for Christmas and they loved it. I found these cute containers in the $1 spot at Target and knew they would be perfect for the teachers. I used my Silhouette {have I convinced you to get one yet?} to cut out some cute decorations to put on the plastic boxes. They are perfect for holding pencils, markers or pens. I made a fun tag to go with the gift. You can download your own copy of the tags to print at home here.

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Here is what you need to make the White Chocolate Popcorn:

need

2 bags microwave popcorn

2 cups M&M’s

1 package of Almond bark

Sprinkles

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

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Pop your popcorn and pour it into a bowl. Transfer it to another bowl so you can discard the unpopped kernels. You don’t want these to ruin your yummy popcorn!

unpopped

Next melt your almond bark. I always melt mine in the microwave. I follow the directions on the package.

melted

Put your popcorn in your largest bowl and pour the melted almond bark over the popcorn. Stir it as best you can. I usually use 2 big spoons to kind of toss it around to get all the popcorn coated.

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Add 2 cups of M&M’s and toss it a little more

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Spread it onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. The wax paper makes it easier to transfer to bags later.

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Sprinkle sprinkles all over the top before it cools.

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It is okay to sneek a few bites. Next melt your 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Be careful not

to burn them

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I just use the spoon to shake it around the popcorn

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Put it all over, it makes it so yummy! Now let it cool and set. I usually stick mine in the fridge because I am impatient.

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After it is cooled and set, put it in bags. I love cello bags, you can find in the party section at most stores. Print and cut out your tags and attach them with a cute ribbon.

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Send it to school with your kids and their teachers will be very happy!

Here is a recipe card for you, just click on it and save it and print it.

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Comments

  1. great tip thanks

  2. Great tutorial with thorough instructions! Thanks Marji; yummy yum yum!

  3. Love this! Great idea for neighbors or family, but not for a gift to send to school. All schools around here require store purchased food, unless you hold a food handlers permit. Before taking this wonderful treat to your fab teacher check with them. I may just have to take the districts food handling class this summer so i can do something wonderful like this in the future.

    • Teachers can take the home made gifts if they would like. When it come to having a food handlers permit, that is only if you pass around gifts like that to the other students.

  4. shauna says:

    marji,
    i dont have any almond bark on hand but i do have white chocolate chips that could be melted down would this be a sufficent substitute? I have never used almond bark so i dont know what the difference would be… Thanks for the wonderfull idea

  5. Heather says:

    How many bags does this recipe make? I have quite a few teacher’s I’d like to appreciate this year :)

    • michelle G says:

      I was wondering the same thing. My son is in a preschool so you know there are lots of adults!

    • it made about 8 bags of it. I used medium sized bags. It is easier to make one batch at a time though, doubling it would be really hard to get everything mixed up. Whenever I make it I always buy extra stuff in case I eat a lot while I’m making it and run out :)

  6. just wanted to let you know my daughter Madi and I made these and gave them to her teachers this morning she was sooo excited to give them out and the teachers were very pleased…all i heard was what a fabulous idea…believe me when i say i would have loved to take the credit but directed them to your wonderfull website….I love love love all of your great tips and ideas thank you sooo much it made me look like a really kool momma :o)

  7. Thanks for the detailed steps! What kind of popcorn did you use? Do they make a plain microwave popcorn? Thanks again!!

    • I used the Target brand microwave popcorn that is lite butter. I haven’t ever seen plain microwave popcorn so I’m not sure if they make it. I like a little salt and butter because it is a good contrast to the sweet of the white chocolate

  8. Rebecca H says:

    Thanks for a great recipe and tags, love the tags :)
    I changed the recipe just a little by using air popped corn.
    I made some with the chocolate almond bark and added Kraft mallow-bites, too.

  9. Bethany says:

    Made this recipe with my preschooler this evening & it sure was hard for us to keep our hands off it! (but we somehow managed). The only thing I changed was that I used kettle microwave popcorn. Don’t know why but was hoping that sweet/salty flavor would add a nice twist. We shall see in the morning after he gets to school with the goodies. Incredibly easy to make, btw. Thanks!

  10. Jessica says:

    I made a similar recipe tonight. The popcorn is somewhat soggy.. Do you experience this?

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