Monday, December 17, 2012

Quick Corn: Gourmet Made Easy

 This cannot get any simpler.  Gourmet popcorn is super delicious.  Sometimes, you really just want some without the time required to get it done or the cleanup after.

So, get a bag of microwave popcorn and either a pack of candiquick or a bag of whatever flavor of baking chips that you want. 

Pop the corn, shake it around in a collander (think the frying baskets that have bigger holes) so that the kernels filter out.  Melt your chocolate or whatever it may be and drizzle it over your popcorn. 

If you are melting chips or candiquick, melt it for one minute first.  Stir it around if it is chips, try to break it up a bit if it is candiquick.  Melt in 20 second intervals until it is melted.  Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil if it is chips and will not melt to the right consistency.

I prefer to do it in a plastic bowl with a lid so I can just store it in the same one.

I made chocolate, butterscotch, and white chocolate.  The butterscotch is by far and away my favorite of this whole batch.

It would make a great gift as is, mixed together, with sprinkles, etc. 

Consider mixing your chocolates (e.g. peanut butter chips and chocolate) to create even more flavors.  White and butterscotch? Yum!  Either mix when you drizzle or mix the batches later.

If you have a small space, or don't own a popcorn popper, this is a pretty good solution.  It also would make movie night extra special for all your extra special people. 

I also think it would make a delicious base for trail mix.  Yummy. 

Happy crafting!

P.S.  You might want to expect a lot of cooking and baking posts for the next week or two haha.  The holidays and calories go hand in hand in this house.  And I wouldn't have it any other way!

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