Only good things come from a day in the kitchen recipe testing and hanging out with a our photography bestie. A few weeks ago, we broke out of the sugar-free-ultra-clean-foodie-gal mold we usually fit neatly into. Bring on the chocolate and popcorn (and chocolate covered popcorn)! Here’s some proof that, yes, we are also regular people with the occasional sweet tooth.
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The best popcorn hack ever
Instead of buying the microwavable bagged popcorn, it’s a heck of a lot healthier — and cheaper — to pop your own over the stovetop, in the microwave, or in an air popper if you have one. Get bags of loose popcorn kernels for pennies from any grocery store and also in the bulk bins. Here’s a trick that will blow your mind if you haven’t already discovered it. Put 1/4 cup of loose kernels (no oil, no nothing!) in a regular brown bag, like the kind you use to pack a school lunch. Roll up the end tightly and microwave for 2-3 minutes, taking the bag out as soon as you hear the popping start to slow down. Be careful because if you wait too long it will quickly burn. Then you can add all the other goodies while skipping the vegetable oils, fake butter, and overdose of salt you get from the packaged kind.
When it all comes down to it, popcorn is definitely not the worst thing you can munch on when you need a sweet snack. There’s tons of variations of sweet and savory toppings for homemade popcorn, but here are a few of our faves.
Snacky S’mores Popcorn
Prepare four cups of plain popcorn and add to large bowl. Melt 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips in the microwave or over the stovetop and drizzle over the popcorn. Mix in 1/3 cup crushed graham crackers and 1 cup of mini marshmallows.
Red, White & Yum Popcorn
Prepare four cups of plain popcorn and add to large bowl. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave or over the stovetop and drizzle over the popcorn. Toss in 1/3 cup dried cranberries and 1/3 cup slivered almonds.
Plus we threw in one savory recipe…
Preheat oven to 400 F and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Wash and dry a few large kale leaves (the drier the better). Tear into 2-inch pieces so you have about 2 cups. Massage the leaves in 1 tsp. of olive oil or coconut oil and roast on the baking sheet for 10 minutes until crispy. Once cool enough to handle, you can crumble into smaller flakes. Prepare four cups of plain popcorn, add to large bowl, and toss in the kale, a drizzle of olive oil, 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.
What’s your favorite popcorn recipe??