Today is national popcorn day! In honor of celebrating this delicious snack, let’s talk about creating a popcorn bar for a party. As always, the cost of setting this up will vary based on how many snacks and toppings you choose to have. Remember to ask your guests if they have any allergies in advance of buying the toppings for the party. Prep for this will be about 15 minutes.
What you’ll need:
- Either a microwave or a popcorn popper
- Either bags of popcorn to put in the microwave or corn kernels to pop. You’ll want about twelve cups of popcorn to feed 4-6 people, but use your own judgement.
- One large bowl to put popcorn in and a large serving spoon
- Enough bowls for everyone to eat out of (use either your own bowls or disposable paper bowls that you can find either at the grocery store or at a party store)
- Toppings (here are some ideas for food you can mix in:
- gummy candies (including gummy worms, gummy bears, and almost everything Haribo makes)
- mike and ikes
- Fruit snacks (such as Welch’s fruit snacks or Horizon Organic)
- Hi-chews (unraveled and cut to make them bite-sized)
- twizzlers (preferably the smaller, pre-cut nibs)
- swedish fish
- candy citrus slices
- snow caps
- Hershey squares
- junior mints
- mini kitkats
- mini Reese’s peanutbutter cups
- Reese’s Pieces
- Taffy (all taffy should be cut up in advance in order to make it easier to snack on)
- salt water taffy
- laffy taffy
- Popcorn seasoning:
- melted butter
- Kernel Season’s popcorn seasoning
Pop the popcorn before the party starts. You’ll want to have the popcorn cool before your party guests arrive. This should be the first food that your guests put into their bowls and should be the first bowl on the table that the guests can reach.
Put each topping in a bowl with a serving spoon. Lay them out along the table. Let people line up to get the popcorn and then choose their toppings. Make sure that a kid doesn’t just dump the whole bowl of their favorite candy into their own bowl.
Lastly, have the kids pick their spots, relax, and enjoy the movie that you’re going to show.