candied eggnog popcorn

Candied Eggnog Popcorn

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Candied Eggnog Popcorn…do you not just love the sound of that?

It’s very Christmas-y and Elf-worthy sounding.

And it’s vegan. And gluten free. And dairy free. And you could just snack on a few pieces.

Or a whole bowl.

Growing up, we never had eggnog at the holidays. I am not sure why and I never asked.

I knew about eggnog. But it wasn’t high on my priorities to ask for it.

As a kid it’s cookies, truffles…or eggnog.

Who as a kid is gonna choose eggnog over a platter of cookies?

I believe the only time I encountered eggnog while I lived in my parent’s house was when I was in a church theatre production and we had a holiday scene that required us to drink eggnog.

Which I didn’t really care for. I think this probably went along with my intense dislike of milk though.

Then I married into my husband’s family and they are eggnog enthusiasts.

Like in the sense that they make their own eggnog from scratch.

And I will tell you, that stuff tastes pretty good (come on, you combine a bunch of fatty, sweet ingredients…and what’s not to like…). BUT it’s not so good that I sit pining away at the holidays because I want eggnog. It’s very easy to say ‘no thank-you!’ and move on. 

I am seriously still at the take it or leave it.And now that I am plant based, well it’s always leave it.

That eggnog flavor though….

That got me thinking about popcorn.

Could I make popcorn eggnog flavored? Because I do love nutmeg and that is the main spice in eggnog the drink.
So here we have it a vegan, gluten free, dairy free eggnog popcorn that captures that eggnog taste but is not in any type a liquid form.
We all kinda know by now that crunchy treats are my downfall…

So bring on the crunch. No cup required.

If you make this we would love to know, tag @badtothebowl on social media.

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Candied Eggnog Popcorn

Candied eggnog popcorn is crunchy and sweet! All the eggnog taste – Dairy free!
Course: Dessert


  • 12 cups air popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (vegan approved brand)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 3 Tblsp water
  • 1 t. white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place air popped popcorn in large bowl and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine coconut oil, sugar, agave nectar, water, vinegar, salt and nutmeg in small saucepan on stove.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  • Continue to boil for 5 – 6 minutes until a candy thermometer reads 260 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will bubble.
  • Immediately pour over your popcorn that you placed in the large bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Pour onto parchment lined paper baking sheet.
  • Bake for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.

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