Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chocolate Orange Popcorn




There is no denying that homemade popcorn is much better for you than most varieties of microwave popcorn, but another thing that I love about making popcorn at home is being able to be creative with the toppings.

You can top popcorn with a variety of ingredients at pantry staples like spices, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, cheese, and chocolate.  I have a pretty strong sweet tooth, so I almost always opt for a sweet variety.

This chocolate orange popcorn is quite perfect for a sweet tooth, with a lovely coating of dark chocolate and some lighter notes of citrus peeking through.

I am also a huge fan of mixing sweet and salty, so I think the turbinado sugar and the sea salt play fabulously against each other.   Plus, the sugar adds a nice crunch.

This will be sure to please any crowd at any time, movie or no movie, day or night.  Just try not to eat the whole bowl in one sitting!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels*
  • 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips*
  • 1/8 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest*
  • 1/4 tsp turbinado sugar or other large granular sugar (also known as 'Sugar in the Raw')*
  • 1/8 tsp finely ground sea salt
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.

Makes 2 servings

Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


Directions

STEP 1 

Using the paper bag method, pop your popcorn kernels in the microwave.

STEP 2

While the kernels are popping, put your chocolate chips in a heat-safe bowl or jar (I used a glass mason jar).

STEP 3

Once the popcorn is done popping, pour it into a bowl, and put the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 2 minutes.  Every 30 seconds, remove them and stir to help with the melting.  Once they are melted, add the coconut oil, and stir (this will help make the chocolate smooth and pourable).

STEP 4

Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn with a spoon.

STEP 5

With your fingers, sprinkle the orange zest evenly over the popcorn.

STEP 6

Next, sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the popcorn.

STEP 7

Sprinkle the sea salt over the popcorn.

STEP 8

The popcorn will look prettiest the way that it is, but if you want to evenly coat the popcorn in chocolate, feel free to toss it with two forks or some tongs to coat.


Enjoy!





About the Author:

Landen runs Measure and Whisk, a cooking blog with a focus on real food. She is a firm believer that quality is superior to quantity, and prefers small amounts of good food over large quantities of cheap food. Deeply disappointed in cheap bacon, she prefers to buy $6 bacon less frequently. Because of this, she typically cooks vegetarian meals for her family.    

Her blog also features photos of her baby, Fox, and suggestions on how to live an eco-friendly and minimalist life, both in and out of the kitchen. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram for beautiful food photos and pictures of baby Fox.
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