I used to be really intimidated by popcorn. Thats right…..popcorn.
The thought of making it outside of those pre-buttered microwave bags or pre-buttered aluminum tins, seemed impossible. I thought I hated popcorn, but turns out that I just hated that weird butter. Ever since someone showed me how easy making your own popcorn could be, I’ve been eating it pretty much every day.
My teeth may hate me for saying this, but I LOVE popcorn! I love it so much that over the summer, I’ve tried 12 different kernels and several kinds of salts to add to them. After extensive research, my favorite popcorn combo is the plain ole’ popcorn drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with corse salt.
Turns out its really simple to make!
Start by heating up a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pot with about a cup of popcorn kernels.
when one starts to pop, put a lid on the pot while occasionally shaking the pot to make sure all of the kernels are getting heated at the bottom of the pot.
Keep the heat on until there is 2-3 seconds between popping sounds.
Lay the popcorn onto a cookie sheet thats lined with parchment paper
put about half a bag worth of chocolate chips into a double broiler (or a metal mixing bowl on top of a boiling pot of water, in my case) and mix with a fork until the chocolate chips become a puddle of chocolate.
lightly shake a fork full of melted chocolate over your sheet of popcorn.
continue doing this until you’ve lightly covered all of the popcorn
sprinkle some salt over the coated popcorn, and place the tray in the refrigerator for about a half an hour, or until the chocolate hardens.
I put my finished product into a plastic bag, attached a cute drawing, tied it with some string from the hardware store, and had a lovely little treat to give away!