Metcalfe’s Christmas decorations: How to make gold leaf popcorn tinsel 16.12.2016


Are you looking to jazz up your Christmas tree or create a unique gift for a friend? Why not create your own blingtastic gold leaf popcorn tinsel?

Over the years we’ve seen everything from gold leaf walnuts, cherries, strawberries and now popcorn! YES! Gold leaf is no longer reserved for decadent interior designers (we’re looking at you Laurence Llewelyn Bowen) or bourgeoisie TV chefs who want to add a splash of decadence to a dish.

Now it’s your time to (sparkle and) shine.

So here’s what you need:

  • 2 sharing bags of your favourite Metcalfe’s Skinny (one to eat, one to make gold leaf tinsel!!)
  • Edible gold leaf
  • Gold thread or cotton
  • Needle
  • Sugar syrup
  • 2 x small craft paintbrushes

1) Load up your favourite box set or Christmas film (suggest Home Alone) and pop open a bag of Metcalfe’s Skinny.
2) Thread the needle with gold cotton and carefully thread the popcorn until you have your desired length (Hint: The bigger the tree, the longer the thread!).
3) Lay the length of popcorn out, every five to ten kernels pick a single piece of popped corn on the string and carefully apply a light layer of sugar water with your wet brush.
4) Take the other dry brush and gently press on your gold leaf – leave to dry for two hours. Voila! Your tree is ready to be dressed.


You can also use the method to create gold leaf popcorn for cakes and confectionary 🙂