Last weekend I had the honor of throwing a shower for a good friend. But I had a bit of a dilemma when I was trying to decide what to make. It was an open house shower with 600-ish people invited, so I wanted something that was good, but wouldn't break the bank or take me forever to make. I found the perfect solution-white chocolate popcorn.
I started off with the following ingredients.
(Did you know that you can make popcorn in a paper bag in the microwave? It's true, and a great way to make popcorn exactly the way that you want it.)
I put 1/4 cup of un-popped popcorn kernels in a brown lunch bag with a few shakes of salt, squeezed out most but not all of the air, and then taped it shut.
I then put the bag in the microwave and followed the normal protocol about cooking it until a few seconds went by without any popping. The magic number for my microwave was 2 1/2 minutes, but you can experiment a bit.
(The bag on the left is un-popped, the bag on the right is full of popped popcorn.)
When the popcorn had cooled a bit, I spread it out on a sheet of parchment paper and melted down my white chocolate.
I then lightly drizzled the white chocolate over the popcorn, moving my spoon quickly back and forth to shake the chocolate off in light strips.
I let the chocolate glob on some pieces, and others just had a light drizzling.
While the chocolate was still melted, I got my sprinkles and sprinkled them generously over the popcorn. I went with blue because it was a baby shower for a little boy, but this is easily customizable to any holiday or decor that you can match sprinkles to. Alternately, you could use some white chocolate melts and some colored chocolate melts to add a bit of color, and draw people's attention to the fact that this is more than the normal popcorn.
I let the chocolate cool and then broke it apart into small clusters.
This is such a great treat! It has that perfect blend of sweet and salty, filling without being calorie-heavy, easy to make and relatively inexpensive, especially in large quantities!!
Would this popcorn make a great treat at your next party or get together? Try it out, you won't be disappointed!!
Have a great week!!