Food, Family, & Faith

Starting Traditions – Christmas In July

Family memories are perhaps one of the most import things in my life. Looking back at all the best times in my life, they all have to do with times I was surrounded by family. Vacations, birthday parties, my wedding, the birth of my son….it all has that family tie. That’s why when my son was born it became even more important to start traditions and memories that he can treasure as the years go by. Mix my love of memory making with my obsession with Christmas and Christmas in July is a must! So every July we take a few days (this year it’s this weekend!) to add a little bit of Christmas to our summer. Last night little dude and I spent time together in the kitchen making some Christmas Candy Popcorn and some Frozen Hot Chocolate to help wash it down. After our snacks were ready we snuggled up on the couch and watched The Grinch. These are memories that will last forever, and I can only hope they are moments he will pass down to future generations to add a little Christmas magic to the summer heat!

Want to make your own Christmas Candy Popcorn? Frozen Hot Chocolate?

Christmas Candy Popcorn

Sweet & Salty Christmas Candy Popcorn that tastes just like your favorite Jolly Ranchers!

  • 6 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 packages Jello (you will only only use 1/2 of each for this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • food coloring (optional)
  1. Melt 1/8 tbs butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1/8 C corn syrup and slowly Mix in the 1/2 package of Jello, 1/4 C sugar and food coloring (if desired).
  2. Bring the candy coating to a boil and lower heat, continue to stir for 5 minutes until mixture is smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, pour in 3 Cups pop corn and cover with candy coating, fold in to cover popcorn.
  4. Spread the popcorn on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a 255*F oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately break the popcorn apart. The candy will harden as it cools. (I find it easier to break apart, let it cool, and put into a plastic bag and break apart more)
  7. Repeat with next color.

(Please note that since we want 2 colors of popcorn I simply halved the recipe for each color. Measurements above are for both green & red popcorn)

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Cool off with this normally hot treat!

  • 1 C Whole Milk
  • 1 C Chocolate Milk
  • 1 Packet Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 Tbs Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 C Ice
  • Optional: Whipped cream (sprinkles, candy canes)
  1. This one is super easy! Simply blend all ingredients together, and pour into individual glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles or a dusting of hot cocoa powder.

Optional: Whipped cream, sprinkles, candy canes



2 thoughts on “Starting Traditions – Christmas In July”

  • Lovely post and idea for family time. I didn't have many traditions goring up an only child with a single mom, so I have been grateful to be welcomed into my husband's family and joining in their traditions. It has inspired me to create and value some in my own home now as an adult.

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