Do you love the sweet and salty combination of chocolate popcorn as much as I do?
My family has always loved a late night popcorn snack. Dad and I would make a date to enjoy some well buttered and salted mouthwatering popcorn together.
I still enjoy the old standby traditional popcorn, but I have to admit that there is just something pretty awesome about chocolate covered popcorn. This delightful snack adds new meaning to the word "delicious."
One of the finest popcorn suppliers I've found is Dale & Thomas Popcorn.
I admit that I have a hard time even looking at the pictures of the different chocolate popcorn varieties on their site without breaking down and ordering myself some.
I enjoyed treating my wonderful parents to Dale and Thomas gourmet popcorn and they adored it.
Go ahead and treat yourself or a loved one to some gourmet chocolate popcorn for a special occasion. It's okay to indulge every now and then. Here are a few glorious options to consider...
But, if you want, you can just make some of your own. Check out some of these chocolate covered popcorn recipes and prepare some for yourself or your family and friends.
There are several different types of these yummy popcorn recipes. Depending on your chocolate preference, try out one of these easy to make masterpieces:
It doesn't really matter if you make the popcorn in a hot air popper or on the stove top.
Obviously, the hot air popper is a lot easier and you don't have to watch it too closely to keep it from burning.
On the other hand, I have always felt that I get a slightly metallic after taste from air popped corn. But that may just be my crazy taste buds. :)
How To Make Popcorn With A Hot Air Popper:
Most hot air popcorn makers come with an instruction sheet, but even if they don't it's as easy as 1-2-3.
To make popcorn on the stove top:
Be sure to use a LARGE pot. :) I tend to get into trouble because I don't always use a big enough pot. It gets a bit dicey when it is popping away and overflowing!
Place enough oil in the pot to just cover the bottom. Turn on the heat to medium/low and only add two or three kernels to start. Put the lid on and wait, patiently. :)
When the "test" kernels pop you know the oil is hot enough. Add the
rest of the kernels and put the lid back on. I like to give the pot a
bit of a wiggle every minute or so, just to stir the kernels and reduce
the chances of burning.
The popping should start coming pretty fast and furious for a bit. When it slows down, be careful. This is when you are about done and the burning starts. Don't expect all kernels to pop. Learn from my experience! If you wait for that to happen, you WILL burn your popcorn.
Pour popped corn into a large bowl. If you are making one of those wonderful chocolate popcorn recipes listed above, spray the bowl (or roasting pan if directed) with cooking spray. This will help to keep the coating from sticking to the bowl or pan.
That's it! What could be simpler? Just remember - SHARE! I hope you fall in love with chocolate popcorn as much as I have. Enjoy.
Do you have any tried and true homemade chocolate candy recipes? PLEASE, please be so kind as to divulge them to the rest of us chocoholics. We just can't get enough!!!
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