It’s December. Are you panicking yet? A lot of people I know are. December, for many people, means a long list of parties to juggle, decorating, wearing uncomfortable, sparkly holiday dresses, gifts to buy for family, trips to plan, all while still tending to normal life stuff. And despite all of these things, we still LOVE the holidays. In leiu of your stress, I present you with a gift; think of it as a stress-free Holiday gift from me to you: Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt.
It’s my dear friend Johnna‘s snack of choice to make at dinner parties, and she, by far, is the best dinner party thrower I’ve met. Why is she so good ? Well for starters she makes this and puts it out as people pour in. It’s the perfect distractor while last minute scrambling is done in the kitchen.
I never get sick of the chocolate and salt combo. They were created to live together, share a life together, and the crunchiness and fluffiness of the popcorn is a perfect way for their union to be on display. Please make this. If not for yourself, make it for others. Perhaps as a gift. You know all of those random gifts you get your kids’ bus driver, your hair dresser, the post man, etc. Well scratch the expensive chocolates or cheap chocolates you buy in bulk from Costco. Save yourself some money, make this and package it in a cute container. They’ll love it more, mainly because you made it…and with that extra money, go buy yourself a uncomfortable comfortable, sparkly holiday dress.
Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt
Recipe from Johnna Lynn
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (I used grapeseed)
1 cup of popcorn (kernels, un-popped)
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
12 oz of chocolate chips of your choice (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Splash of milk or half & half (I used half & half since that’s all I had)
2 tablespoons of sea salt (or until taste)
In a medium saucepan pour the tablespoon of oil and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, throw in popcorn. Make sure all of the kernels are touching the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan and wait until you hear kernels start to pop. Once they start, grab the pan with one hand and grab an oven mitt or towel and hold down the lid. Pick up the pan and start to shake until all for a few moments. Return pan to the stove and repeat a few times. It takes some coordination, but it’s way easy and this way you won’t have any unpopped kernels and the popcorn won’t be burnt.
When the popcorn is done, turn off the heat and set aside. In a double boiler, or just a glass mixing bowl over boiling water, throw in the butter, chocolate chips and splash of milk or cream. Stir until melted.
Pour the popcorn in a mixing bowl and add the melted chocolate. Grab a wooden spoon and gently stir in the chocolate, ensuring that all of it is covered in chocolate. Then spread the chocolate popcorn out on a baking sheet or baking mat and sprinkle, liberally with sea salt or kosher salt.
Let it sit for 3-4 hrs or until dry and then put in airtight container until ready to serve.