15 December, 2017

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats

I’ll Double It! Chocolate Popcorn Treats
Tags: , , , , , ,

The title of this post reminds me of a famous line from an old movie “Paint Your Wagon.”  One of the main characters (Lee Marvin) was bidding on a wife (a man with two wives came into this mining camp and was selling one of them – this would make big headlines in today’s media for sure!) Anyway, Lee Marvin’s character had been drinking quite a bit and was passed out on the table only to wake up momentarily in between bids and shout “I’ll double it!” before passing out again. He had just bought himself a wife. So this post is about doubling it… chocolate that is. 

I love holiday time when neighbors drop by with a goodie or two, as well as the opportunity to share the latest culinary treat and gift it to those special someones. This year I was determined NOT to make cookies as I eat waayyy too many of them while in the process and I just don’t need that temptation around.

Well, let me back that statement up – I DID make a large batch of Limoncello Ricotta cookies because I had several events I was attending where I needed to bring cookies. After I made them, I put them in freezer bags, labeled them for the event, and tried not to pay attention to them calling my name from the freezer. Thank goodness those events are over and the cookies have found better homes to reside. 

Now, what to make for neighbors and friends to bring them a little holiday cheer? Something quick, tasty, and easy to package for gifts. Well let’s see, I have leftover marshmallows from Thanksgiving, and pretzels from making Chex mix (best travel snack ever). I always have popcorn and chocolate in the house, so will put these ingredients together to make a chocolate popcorn snack.

But wait, let’s add two different types of chocolate for a double chocolate effect. If one type of chocolate is good, two types of chocolate is better, right? So did I peak your interest when I said chocolate popcorn or was it DOUBLE chocolate popcorn snack that hooked you? Chocolate doesn’t interest you? (I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like chocolate.) That’s okay, just scroll down and look at the pictures anyway. This holiday treat looks as pretty as it is tasty. 

Ingredients in a large bowl being mixed before adding the white chocolate.

White chocolate melting over a double boiler. I tried microwaving the chocolate but didn’t like the consistency – and if not watched carefully – the chocolate can burn (says someone from experience  doing this). At least I didn’t set off the smoke detector – even though there was a bit of smoke billowing from the microwave.

Maybe one day I’ll post the “out-takes” of the disasters I have created along the way while writing this blog. This week alone I had limoncello frosting in my hair, tried to set the kitchen on fire, and found chocolate in places where no one would want to lick it off. And then again, maybe I won’t post those disasters as it may tarnish my “less than stellar” reputation I’m trying to uphold. 🙂

Popcorn mixture blended with melted white chocolate.

In the pan awaiting second layer of chocolate.

Loved how this looked after drizzling the bittersweet chocolate on top.

Yummy! Taste testing had to occur to ensure the quality and flavor is up to par. 

Great packed in bags or tins for gift giving at the holidays or any time of year. 

Easy gift to mail to loved ones far away.

Chocolate Popcorn Treats
Makes 8-10 servings
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 10 cups of popped popcorn (I used a bag of already popped plain popcorn but you could pop your own corn on the stove or in the microwave)
  2. 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds (or nuts of your choice)
  3. 1 1/2 cups rough broken pretzels (minis or sticks)
  4. 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  5. 10 oz melted white chocolate
  6. 4 oz melted bittersweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients except bittersweet chocolate in a large pot or bowl. Make sure all ingredients are coated with melted white chocolate.
  2. Lay out mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle the bittersweet chocolate on top.
  3. Allow popcorn mixture to dry before breaking into pieces and storing.
Adapted from Laura Vitale
Adapted from Laura Vitale
Christina's Food And Travel https://christinasfoodandtravel.com/

Please share your thoughts