Cook with the Kids: Party Popcorn

partypopcornThis little treat is so cute and easy to make, plus the kids get to help make it and that is always a bonus. Make it for family movie night, a birthday party or just as a sweet special treat, it's super easy and takes just a few steps. First to mention, we don't use microwave popcorn bags. Besides the sort of scary chemicals in them, using an "old fashioned" popper is WAY more fun for the kids. We picked one up at Target and the kids get so excited to pour in the kernels and wait for them to start popping. It's a much more fun and interactive experience than just putting a bag in the microwave for a few minutes, and you can rest easy knowing that the only thing in your popcorn is, well, just popped corn.

popcorn

what you need:

  • about 8 cups of popcorn
  • Vanilla CandiQuik (find it in the baking section at Target)
  • sprinkles (the rainbow nonpareils work great for this or pick out a favorite color for a party)
  • tin foil
  • a baking sheet
  • salt (for taste if desired)

directions:

  • Pop the popcorn and melt the chocolate, following directions on the package. We used about half of the CandiQuik package for about 8 cups or so of popcorn, but you can add/subtract the amount of chocolate according to just how chocolatey you want it to be. I broke up the squares and melted them in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.
  • Line a baking sheet with tin foil to cut down on the mess and clean up. Spread the popcorn out on the sheet.
  • Using a spoon or a honey dripper drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. It's a tricky process because you don't want to crush the popcorn. I used a method of half drizzling and half spoon spreading to get all of the chocolate onto the popcorn. The chocolate will be hot at first, so be cautious if you use your hands to spread the chocolate and make sure kids don't grab any pieces before they have cooled.
  • Once the chocolate is spread, add the sprinkles. A little or a lot, it's up to you!
  • Let the popcorn cool so the chocolate can harden a bit before you serve it.

This recipe is also great with regular milk chocolate, or you can drizzle both white chocolate AND milk chocolate over it for an even sweeter treat! I added a little sea salt to mine to make it more of a sweet & salty snack as well. Enjoy! xoxo