Chocolate Popcorn Recipes

I needed a chocolate popcorn recipe to make for my friend’s birthday. So after researching possible recipes, I came up with the following ideas.

This is a really easy way to make chocolate popcorn:

1.   Pop popcorn any way you want (For example: 1/2 cup kernels in a hot-air popper; or a package of microwave popcorn)

2.   Spread popcorn over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

3.   Melt 4 oz dark chocolate chips and ½ teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe container.

     a.   Heat in 10-15 second intervals

     b.   Stir after each interval

     c.   Be careful not to overheat because chocolate burns easily

4.   Drizzle melted chocolate over the popcorn.

5.   Allow the chocolate to harden; usually about one hour at room temperature.

6.   Enjoy

Another easy way to make chocolate popcorn:

1.   Pop popcorn

(Some people like to pop the corn in a stovetop popcorn popper using ½ cup of kernels with ¼ cup of vegetable oil and 2 to 3 tablespoons of white or brown sugar to make the popcorn sweeter.)

2.   After the popcorn has popped, put it in a large bowl and let it cool.

3.   For the chocolate, use 12 to 14 ounces of milk or white chocolate.

         Melt it in a double boiler or in the microwave.

          If using the microwave, put it at 50% power at 30 second

          intervals.

         Stir the chocolate after each interval, and be careful that

         the chocolate doesn’t burn.

4.   Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, gently tossing the

      popcorn with either a dry mixing spoon or your gloved hands.

5.   Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the chocolate

      popcorn onto the sheet.

6.   Allow to cool and harden.

7.   Enjoy

chocolate popcorn on baking sheetChocolate popcorn spread out on a baking sheet.

One more easy one for chocolate popcorn

1.   Pop 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (air-popped, microwave, stovetop popper—however you like to pop your popcorn)

2.   Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

3.   Pour popped popcorn onto the sheet, spreading it out

4.   Heat 4 ounces good-quality dark chocolate and ½ teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe bowl.

a.   Heat in 30-second increments

b.   Stir between increments

5.   Immediately pour chocolate over popcorn

6.   Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt

7.   A lot to harden, about 1 hour at room temperature

8.   Enjoy

This one is a really easy way to make chocolate popcorn

1.   Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

2.   Place 2 quarts of popped popcorn in a greased 15X10X1 baking pan.

3.   Sprinkle 1 cup of mini marshmallows and ½ cup of peanuts over the popcorn.

4.   Break 6 plain Hershey’s candy bars (1.55 oz each) into quarters.

5.   Place the broken candy bars on top.

6.   Bake at 300 degrees for 5 minutes.

7.   Let stand for 1 minute

8.   Toss to coat

9.   Enjoy

Ingredients for chocolate popcornIngredients for chocolate popcorn

This one is a little more involved

Ingredients:

1.   2 quarts of popped popcorn (1 cup of unpopped popcorn)

2.   1 cup peanuts

3.   ¾ cup sugar

4.   ¼ cup corn syrup

5.   ¼ cup cocoa powder

6.   ½ cup butter

7.   1 teaspoon vanilla

   Directions

1.   Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2.   Oil a 10x15 inch baking pan with sides

3.   Place popcorn and peanuts in a large, metal bowl. Set aside.

4.   In a saucepan stir together the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and butter.

5.   Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil.

6.   Boil for 2 minutes.

7.   Stir in the vanilla.

8.   Pour over the popcorn.

9.   Stir until the popcorn is well coated

10. Spread the popcorn mixture in the prepared pan

11. Bake in preheated over for 30 minutes, stirring several times

12. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool to room temperature.

13. Break into small clumps and store in an airtight container.


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Okay, how about chocolate caramel popcorn. This one takes more time and effort. But is worth it.

Ingredients

         1 1/8 cups unpopped popcorn kernels

         2 cups packed brown sugar

         ½ cup light corn syrup

         ½ cup unsalted butter (cubed)

         1 teaspoon salt

         1 teaspoon baking soda

         1 ½ cups semi sweet or white chocolate chips

         3 teaspoons shortening

   Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees

2. Pop popcorn in a hot-air popcorn popper or microwave

3. Grease a baking pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray

4. Pour the popped popcorn into the baking pan (take out any

         unpopped kernels)

5. In a sauce pan, mix the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt.

6. Bring to a boil (about 5 to 7 minutes)

7. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring constantly

8. Remove the pan from the heat

9. Stir in the baking soda (the mixture will foam slightly when adding

         the baking soda)

10. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and toss.

11. Bake the popcorn for about 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes

          while baking

12. Allow the popcorn to cool, about 15 to 20 minutes.

13. Melt the chocolate in the microwave with the shortening (heat

           mixture in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval)

14.Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn, suing a spoon to drizzle

15.Allow popcorn to cool for 3 to 4 hours so chocolate has time to set

16.Break into clusters and enjoy.