Who could hate the giant, decorative tins of gourmet popcorn which seemingly sprout out of nowhere in every grocery store and Trader Joe's and mail-order catalog around this time of year? Seriously, these things were doing the whole sweet and savory thing before it was even a thing — yellow buttery popcorn snuggled up right next to its vivid cheesy cousins and sassier caramel twins. If you're lucky, you sometimes find a "zebra" batch, caramel kernels dressed in white and dark chocolate drizzles. This holiday season, if you happen to be food-minded, and/or strapped for cash, consider whipping up a few batches of any of these sweet gourmet popcorn recipes as gifts instead. Trust us, it's way better than another gift card.

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Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Cooking Classy

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White Chocolate Pirate Cookie Popcorn

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Recipe: Purple House Cafe

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Salted Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake

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Recipe: Becca Bakes

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S'mores Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Chocolate Moosey

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Funfetti Chocolate Popcorn

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Recipe: Marthafied

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Caramel Bacon Popcorn

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Recipe: Milk and Honey

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Salted Toffee Chocolate Popcorn

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Recipe: Something Swanky

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Cookie Butter Popcorn Bars

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Recipe: A Beautiful Bite

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Mocha Popcorn Munch

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Recipe: Specialty Cake Creations

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Potato Chip Pretzel Caramel Corn

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Recipe: Food Babbles

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Cookies and Cream Popcorn

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Recipe: Closet Cooking

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Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Fresh Fridge

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Caramel Apple Popcorn

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Recipe: Virtually Homemade

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Chocolate Mousse with Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Chili-Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Indiaphile

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Samoa Cookie Popcorn

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Recipe: Top with Cinnamon

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Mango Popcorn Balls

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Recipe: House in the Hills

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White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix

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Recipe: Averie Cooks

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Diethood

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Buttery Popcorn Rum and Curiosity Cola

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Recipe: Lachsbroetchen

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Muddy Buddy Popcorn

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Recipe: Around My Family Table

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Biscoff Popcorn with Toffee Bits

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Recipe: Carla's Confections

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies & Cream Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars

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Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

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Cinnabon Popcorn

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Recipe: Bake Then Eat

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Bourbon and Salted Caramel Popcorn

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Recipe: Jason and Shawnda

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Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream

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Recipe: The Kitchn

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Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Popcorn

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Recipe: Simple Sundays

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Popcorn and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Popcorn Fudge

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Recipe: Raspberri Cupcakes

Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.