Chocolate mania is still going on in my house. I am cleaning up all the left over chocolate from last month’s marathon. Yesterday I made chocolate popcorn from Delicious Snacks cookbook. It is a perfect snack to munch on anytime of the day or when watching TV or reading a book.
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Source: Delicious Snacks
Total Time: 20 – 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-10 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
- 2 ½ – 3 tbsp. Oil (recipe called for sunflower but I used olive oil)
- 1/3 Popcorn Kernels
- 1/3 Brown Sugar (I used light brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp. Corn Syrup (I used lite corn syrup)
- 1 tbsp. Milk
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 300 F. By mistake I pre-heated it to 350 F.
- In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil. Add corn kernels and cover it. Shake it vigorously for about 2 minutes until popcorn is popped. I did not have a heavy button pan. Heated the oil, after adding corn kernels, reduce the heat to medium high and popped the corn for about 1:40 minutes until the sound of the corn popping reduced. Follow the instructions on the popcorn kernels packet to pop the corn.
- Once the corn is popped, transfer it to a big bowl.
- In another pan, take sliced butter, sugar, corn syrup, milk and heat it on low heat until the butter is melted. Stir constantly until butter is melted.
- Bring the mixture to a boil without stirring.
- Once it comes to a boil, let it boil for another 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir the mixture until chocolate is melted.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the pan and mix well until popcorn is well coated with chocolate.
- Spread the chocolate coated popcorn on a cookie sheet and bake in a 300F oven for 15 minutes or until the popcorn is crisp. For some reason, I set the oven to 350 F and 12 ½ minutes into baking, I realized I set the temperature wrong, 350F instead of 300F. Luckily, popcorn was crispy enough and was not over baked.
- Cool the popcorn and serve,
- Store the leftover in an air tight container.
Recipes posted this month: in 2009, in 2010 and in 2011.
Event Entries: Sending these to Srivalli’s Chocolate Mela, Cooking with Seeds: Corn, an event started by Priya, and Bake Fest # 4, an event started by Vardhini.