Monday, November 15, 2010

Sweet and Salty Snack: White Chocolate Popcorn

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.

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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.)

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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.)

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When the popcorn had cooled a bit, I spread it out on a sheet of parchment paper and melted down my white chocolate.

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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.

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I let the chocolate glob on some pieces, and others just had a light drizzling.

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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.

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I let the chocolate cool and then broke it apart into small clusters.

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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!!

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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!!

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25 comments:

Tiffany November 15, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

yum, that looks delicious! thanks for sharing!

Brandi November 15, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

Wow! I had no idea you could use regular kernels in the microwave! Thanks for the tip. This treat looks like something I will have to try.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ November 15, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

Thanks for the tip. I love the ease of microwave popcorn but not all the junk in the bag.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Melissa November 15, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

Looks yummy! I went to a baby shower last year where something like this was done. They had three types of popcorn, white chocolate macadamia nut, caramel, and parmesean. they made paper cones with brown paper, and filled them with different types of popcorn, then they also had bowl of each type of popcorn on the table so you could refill if you wanted too. It was so good! A really nice lite treat, you didn't feel like you had just eaten a ton of calories or cake that you didn't really like. It also made the decor for the party simple. Thanks for sharing the micro method!

Tammy November 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

I did not know you could pop regular kernels in the microwave. Great tip! And this recipe sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

TBonesMom November 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Totally didn't know & that is awesome! Thanks...

Elizabeth November 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Yummy!!!! What a great holiday treat! Would love for you to come link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://bit.ly/bSsG5b

Anonymous November 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

My SIL told me about something her grandma used to do: popcorn, a bit of melted butter, snickers bits and bits of apples mixed up. After Halloween we tried it with various candy bars (frozen, then chopped) and it was delicious!

Anonymous November 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

My SIL told me about something her grandma used to do: popcorn, a bit of melted butter, snickers bits and bits of apples mixed up. After Halloween we tried it with various candy bars (frozen, then chopped) and it was delicious!

Fashion Meets Food November 15, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

My mum makes this popcorn for valentines day and at the holidays. In college my friends would go crazy over it!

xo I am a new follower

Mindy November 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

Brilliant! Sounds delicious.

Thanks for sharing--found you through C.R.A.F.T.

http://im-in-the-loop.blogspot.com/

Tracey November 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I made the microwave popcorn with my kids today after their naps and they loved it! Thank you :)

Tracey November 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

p.s. I just folded the bag an extra time and didn't even need tape.

Makalani Adolpho, PLC November 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

Thanks for sharing. I never knew that you could do that in the paper bag. Now that I think about it, makes sense.

Visiting from Craft-O-Matic

~Makalani

Maka'z Home

Jessica November 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

smells delicious!

Amy November 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

I am making this tonight..with semi sweet chocolate. This looks and sounds amazing!

stephaniegiese November 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

I found you through Craft-O-Maniac. I LOVE this idea, the paper bag trick is genius! I'd love to have you link up to my fist party.

http://binkiesandbriefcases.blogspot.com/2010/11/introducing-mommy-made-monday.html

Meesh1957 November 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

Please tell me that 600 attendees was a typo! That is one heck of a lot of popcorn.
Thanks for the tip on the white chocolate, my future DIL can not have regular chocolate so I will be making this for her Christmas stocking.

The Spann Fam November 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

great idea, thank you! i do have a question, though... did you really host a shower for 600-ish people? surely you meant 60-ish, right? 60 - you rock. 600 - you are superwoman!! xo

Erin A November 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

Thanks guys! I'm afraid that 600 is not a typo-it was a shower for the preacher and his wife, and the whole church was invited! Luckily there were plenty of sweet old ladies who chipped in with a grand variety of homemade sweets!!

Jodi November 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

I definately have to try this, I love chocolate and popcorn! Thanks for posting!

BizzyMom November 16, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

That IS delicious! I've made some very similar for a birthday party.. INstant hit! Very addicting. LOL

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com November 17, 2010 at 4:54 AM  

Thank you for your contribution to our last week’s DIY Craft Tutorial linky party. The range of outstandingly good projects was delightful. I'm always amazed how many creative talented people there are out there!!

Anyhow, a new party opens today:
http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/diy-linky-party-21/ and will be up in an hour, and I'm inviting you again.

Have a craftful, happy day!

Courtney November 17, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

This looks good! I LOVE sweet and salty!

I would love for you to link this up to my What's Cooking Wednesday!

http://notsohomemade.blogspot.com/2010/11/jazzed-up-jambalaya-1117-whats-cooking.html

Kimberlee November 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

Great idea! Will have to grab some chocolate and try this.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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