Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gourmet Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Do you LOVE chocolate?  (I do! I do!)  How about Dark Chocolate?  (Absolutely, without a question!!!)  Now, if you combine your love of chocolate with the deliciousness of Sea Salt along with the all-time favorite movie watching snack - Popcorn, then you have a snack that everyone will LOVE.

The first time I made this, it was meant to be as a hostess gift.  Guess what?!  My lovely and oh so sexy Husband and I ate the entire first batch!  Can you say "Oink!"?  But we only tasted it one kernel at a time.  We rationed that we had to make sure it tasted good enough to give away.  Oops.

The recipe is over on Adrianna's website A Cozy Kitchen and she attributes her good friend Johnna Lynn of Copper Peace for the actual creation.

Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt by A Cozy Kitchen
Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt

Make sure you visit A Cozy Kitchen for the recipe because I followed it exactly with a few minor changes.  I used flavored chocolates.

Start with fresh popcorn kernels.
Popcorn Kernels
Popcorn Kernels


Add some oil (I used Grape Seed Oil) and three kernels.  Let them pop.
Popcorn Made on the Stove by Substance of Living
Popcorn Made on the Stove


Remove from pan and add the measured amount of popcorn kernels needed.
Popcorn Made on the Stove by Substance of Living
Popcorn Made on the Stove


The popcorn lifted the lid!  When making popcorn on the stove, continuously shake the pan holding the lid so the popcorn evenly pops.  When the popcorn starts to slow down and you can count two to three seconds between pop, it should be done.
Popcorn Made on the Stove by Substance of Living
Popcorn Made on the Stove


Moser Roth Dark Chocolates purchased at Aldi Grocery Store are the chocolates used.  We wanted three distinct flavors.  Two bars each of the Mint and Orange & Almond were added to dark chocolate melting chips.  Again, two dark chocolate bars were added to the dark chocolate melting chips.  All in all, three separate batches were made.
Moser Roth Dark Chocolate
Moser Roth Dark Choclate


Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave.  If you use the microwave, make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl and stir every 20 - 30 seconds.  Chocolate tends to maintain its shape so keep stirring after the first 30 seconds and eventually most all of the chocolate will melt.  Add additional seconds by 10 or 20 after the first stirring.
Melted Dark Chocolate by Substance of Living
Melted Dark Chocolate



Pour the melted chocolate and some of the sea salt over the popcorn and mix well.
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn by Substance of Living
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn


Using a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper, evenly distribute the chocolate covered popcorn, sprinkle remaining sea salt, and allow to cool.
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn by Substance of Living
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn


Once the chocolate has cooled it will harden a bit.  Doesn't that make your mouth water?!
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn by Substance of Living
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Findings

  • Adrianna, thank you so much for sharing the recipe.  It quickly became one of Substance of Living's (our family, friends, neighbors, and everyone else) favorites.
  • I like the way these chocolate bars melted and flavored the popcorn without overwhelming.
  • Additional flavored chocolate bars could easily be added for a more pronounced flavor.
  • It would be fun to add crushed peppermint candies or peanuts.
  • White Chocolate would be a nice addition.  Maybe with some yogurt added.
  • I will definitely make this again.
  • These make nice hostess gifts or gifts for any holiday or occasion.
  • I'd like to put these in a gift basket.  Try three flavors again but separate them in small containers along with some sweet and spicy nuts and a movie or movie tickets.
  • Making my own Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn is so much healthier and not to mention CHEAPER than buying.
Have you tried this recipe before?  What would you add to the mixture?  Do you serve this at parties or give as gifts?

P.S., I purchased the products listed above and am not a paid spokesperson.  These are my humble opinions.

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