Make New Year’s Eve snacks with popcorn: quick recipe ideas

Spoiling the family with delicious treats at Christmas, everyone wants nothing more than a cozy New Year’s Eve with friends. A buffet of delicious New Year’s snacks is ideal for anyone who forgoes sophisticated gourmet meals in favor of tasty finger foods. That way, all the guests start the new year full and happy, and the host is relieved of the stress of cooking. If you’re lacking inspiration for the right recipes, here are tons of ideas for quick and hearty popcorn treats. We explain how you can make your own sweet and salty popcorn and corn balls and serve them with imagination.

New Year’s snacks: make your own chocolate popcorn

New Year's snacks Recipes for sweet finger foods Make popcorn with chocolate yourself

With a delicious dessert in a glass, nothing stands in the way of a successful turn of the year and a good party mood is inevitable. Vanilla pudding and chocolate mousse were yesterday, today we spoil our guests with delicious dark chocolate popcorn. To make the party buffet sparkle and shine, we dust the popcorn with edible glitter powder and serve the elegance in crystal glasses richly decorated with gold confetti. Pure glamour!

Make your own party food Make your own chocolate sweet popcorn

For a delicious recipe, you need the following ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 package of microwave buttered popcorn
  • 30 g dark chocolate chips with 60% cocoa content
  • 2 teaspoons edible glitter powder, gold

First, melt the chocolate in a water bath or in the microwave. If you want to melt dark chocolate in a bain-marie, place the chocolate chips in a metal bowl and melt over the bain-marie, stirring constantly. Make sure the water temperature is between 55° and 60°. If desired, you can put the chocolate in a glass or ceramic bowl and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Before melting the chocolate, follow the manufacturer’s directions and prepare the popcorn in the microwave. Most manufacturers have specifications for microwave power, but you can usually guide yourself without these specifications. Basically, if the intervals between the sounds called “pops” are more than 3-4 seconds, then the popcorn is ready.

Make your own sparkling New Year's popcorn

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the popcorn on the baking sheet. Using a spoon, pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle glitter dust over the popcorn to help it stick. Then let the chocolate harden completely. Serve the popcorn immediately after making it or store it in a plastic storage bag.

Sweet Popcorn Melts Recipe

New Year's Eve snacks Make your own popcorn Melt with candy melts and sweeten with chocolate


Another twist on Candy Melt star-studded popcorn, this time for those with a sweet tooth who prefer a sweet snack instead of a salty one. This delicious recipe is ready in no time and will please both children and adults. Dessert is served in glasses. It is ready very quickly, so you can refill the glasses of the guests several times during the evening of the celebration without much effort. It’s even better if you make the Candy Stars ahead of time and 10 refrigerate them for garnish.

New Year's Eve Snacks Make your own recipe with Candy Melts hearts from sweet popcorn

Follow the basic recipe and make the popcorn first, spread it on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pour the melted chocolate over it. Sprinkle with glitter dust and divide into champagne glasses. Now all that’s left is to make Candy Melts a star. Simply melt the yellow candy in a water bath or microwave. The same rule applies to the water bath as for the chocolate: The temperature range is between 55° and 60°. Melt drops in the microwave for 60 seconds and then melt 3 more times for 15 seconds each if needed. If the candy melt is not runny enough, you can add a little palm oil or olive oil and mix until it reaches the desired consistency. Then fill the mass into star shapes and let it harden. You can put gold glitter powder on the molds beforehand.

New Year’s snacks: popcorn with cotton candy and marshmallows for children

Make your own sugar sprinkled popcorn A recipe for sweet snacks for Christmas


Surprise the kids with a delicious rainbow colored dessert. For this sweet dessert you will need the following ingredients (for 8 servings):

  • 1 packet of marshmallows
  • 1/2 handful blue candy melts
  • 1/2 pink candy melts
  • Blue and pink cotton candy (you can make your own blue and pink cotton candy if you like)
  • sprinkled with sugar
  • White popcorn (salted, fat free)

New Year's Eve snacks Recipe for sweet popcorn sprinkled with sugar

First prepare the popcorn and divide into two bowls. Place 8-12 marshmallows in a third bowl and melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Stir in the popcorn and marshmallow mixture. Then melt the blue and pink Candy Melts separately. Mix the blue cotton candy with the blue Candy Melts and the pink ones with the pink cotton candy. Arrange all the ingredients in a glass and sprinkle with sugar.

New Year’s snacks: salted popcorn with glitter dust

Create your own brilliant popcorn ideas and quick New Year's Eve buffet recipes

The next popcorn recipe is for your guests who don’t like rainbow-colored desserts and delicate flavor combinations. Basically, popcorn is made as usual. At the very least, it’s sprinkled with edible glitter dust to make it stand out on the festive table. To ensure good adhesion of the dust and edible gold stars, the popcorn is made with 1 tablespoon of clarified butter. Clarified butter colors the popcorn yellow and adds charm to the holiday snack.

Make your own sparkling popcorn as a New Year's Eve snack

Place the glitter popcorn in a gold gift box or bowl to add a glamorous effect. With this crispy New Year’s snack, you will not only entertain your guests, but also put a festive accent on your table.

Salted Truffle Popcorn Recipe for New Year’s Eve

Salted truffle popcorn with cheese and fresh spices

Tired of salty white popcorn? Then you can refine the simple snack with truffle oil, cheese and fresh spices. The elegant combination of truffle popcorn and champagne is a wonderful way to welcome guests on New Year’s Eve. You need these items:

  • 125 g of popcorn
  • 70 g of melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of truffle oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 100 g Parmesan, grated
  • 100g Asiago cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh onion

Combine the melted butter, truffle oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Make popcorn. Mix with grated cheese and fresh spices. Pour the butter mixture over the popcorn, tossing the popcorn well to coat. Top with cheese and herb mixture and mix with popcorn.

Make your own popcorn balls

New Year's Eve snacks Popcorn balls recipe for airy and tasty finger foods

If you have invited a lot of guests and don’t have enough popcorn cups, you can simply make the above popcorn balls and arrange them on the buffet. For 12 popcorn balls, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 450 g of marshmallows
  • 160 g of popcorn
  • 80-100 grams of butter
  • Optional: 100 g of nuts, such as walnuts

First, melt the marshmallows in a bain-marie over low heat. Prepare the popcorn and chop the nuts. Grease your hands and mix the melted marshmallow mixture into the popcorn. Make 12 popcorn balls of the same size.

New Year’s snacks: popcorn, nuts and pretzel sticks

New Year's Eve snacks Recipe for bright popcorn with nuts and pretzel sticks in a martini glass

An alternative to popcorn balls is a bowl full of salty New Year’s snacks. Mix pretzel sticks, buttered popcorn and assorted nuts and sprinkle generously with glitter. Then place the bowl in the center of the buffet or welcome your guests with a drink and delicious popcorn mix.

Whether salty or sweet: popcorn recipes are quick, easy and even perfect for beginners. Say goodbye to the stress of cooking because you can entertain a large number of guests with this finger food and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. Relax and enjoy New Year’s Eve!

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