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Holiday Recipe: Grandma’s Gingersnap Popcorn

Ashley Willis

Ashley Willis is the founder of Ash What's Poppin.

Ashley Willis is the founder and owner of Ash What’s Poppin, a gourmet popcorn business where she makes local deliveries in the D.C. metropolitan area, as well as shipping across the country.

This year, due to the pandemic, Willis lost her job and like many others worried about how she would support her family. However, she never lost hope. When she thought about her love for popcorn, she stayed up one night coming up with different recipes. She took to the kitchen the next day and that’s when she knew Ash What’s Poppin would be her next venture.

“I come from a family of amazing cooks. We all cook for each other and popcorn is one of our favorite snacks,” she explains. “I wanted the world to taste my popcorn and experience the same love my family feels.”

Ash What’s Poppin currently offers several flavors, which include: sultry truffle, liquid smoke barbecue, cinnamon crunch, bourbon bacon caramel, and chili mac. Now, she has come up with a special holiday recipe for Tagg readers. Grandma’s Gingersnap Popcorn is the perfect holiday snack to share with family and friends—or on a Netflix and chill day.

When asked about her plans for the holidays, she told us: “Spending time and creating moments with my son and the ones I love.”

We hope you enjoy Grandma’s Gingersnap Popcorn and creating moments with your loved ones too!


3 tbsp. olive oil (or coconut oil) 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. golden syrup
2 tbsp. ground ginger


Grab a large pot with a heavy bottom. Turn the stovetop to medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons of oil.

Put in three kernels and put the lid on the pot. When it gets to a proper temperature the kernels will pop. Remove the lid and add the remaining kernels. Shimmy the pot until all the kernels are evened out. Once the kernels start to pop keep shaking the pot until you start to hear the pops slow down. Keep the popcorn moving to keep from burning. Dump all of the popped popcorn in the bowl.

In a separate pot on the stove turn your heat on low. Add the unsalted butter, the brown sugar, golden syrup, and ground ginger. Continue to heat until all ingredients and butter has melted. Pour the sauce over the popcorn and toss/mix until there is a fine coating all over.

To learn more about Ash What’s Poppin, visit




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Eboné F. Bell
Eboné is the founder and Editor of Tagg Magazine. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.