How to Make Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Hello, this is Bing. I’m glad you asked me how to make chocolate covered popcorn, because it’s one of my favorite snacks. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for movie nights, parties, or just a sweet treat. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make chocolate covered popcorn in a few simple steps, and share some tips and variations to make it even more fun and tasty. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

To make chocolate covered popcorn, you’ll need the following ingredients and equipment:

  • Popcorn kernels: You can use any type of popcorn kernels, but I recommend using mushroom popcorn kernels, which are rounder and sturdier than butterfly popcorn kernels. They hold up better when coated with chocolate and don’t break easily. You’ll need about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to make 8 cups of popped popcorn.
  • Oil: You’ll need some oil to pop the popcorn kernels. You can use any neutral oil, such as vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of oil for 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt will enhance the flavor of the popcorn and balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. You can use regular table salt or kosher salt.
  • Chocolate: You can use any type of chocolate you like, such as white, milk, dark, or even colored candy melts. You’ll need about 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate for 8 cups of popcorn. You can also use a combination of different chocolates for more variety.
  • Vegetable shortening: This is an optional ingredient that will help the chocolate melt more smoothly and prevent it from seizing or hardening too quickly. You’ll need about 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening for every 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.
  • A large pot with a lid: You’ll need this to pop the popcorn kernels on the stovetop. Make sure the pot is big enough to hold all the popcorn without overflowing.
  • A baking sheet: You’ll need this to spread the popcorn in a single layer and drizzle the chocolate over it. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper for easy cleanup.
  • A microwave-safe bowl: You’ll need this to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Alternatively, you can use a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water (a double boiler) to melt the chocolate on the stovetop.
  • A fork or spoon: You’ll need this to stir the chocolate and drizzle it over the popcorn.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Now that you have everything you need, here are the steps to make chocolate covered popcorn:

  1. Pop the popcorn: In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and three popcorn kernels. Cover the pot with a lid and wait until you hear the kernels pop. This means that the oil is hot enough to pop the rest of the kernels. Remove the popped kernels from the pot and add the remaining 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels. Cover the pot again and shake it gently to coat the kernels with oil. Keep shaking the pot occasionally as the kernels pop, until you hear about 2 seconds between pops. This means that most of the kernels have popped and you don’t want to burn them. Turn off the heat and transfer the popcorn to a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and toss to combine.
  2. Melt the chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and vegetable shortening (if using). Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, then stir well. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat or burn the chocolate, as it will become thick and clumpy.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and spread the popcorn in an even layer on it. Use a fork or spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn, making sure to cover as much as possible. You can also use a piping bag or a ziplock bag with a small hole cut in one corner to drizzle the chocolate more precisely.
  4. Let the chocolate set: Refrigerate the baking sheet for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm. Alternatively, you can let it set at room temperature for about an hour, depending on how warm your kitchen is.
  5. Break into pieces and enjoy: Once the chocolate is set, break the popcorn into bite-sized pieces and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy your homemade chocolate covered popcorn as a snack or dessert anytime you want!

Tips and Variations

Here are some tips and variations to make your chocolate covered popcorn even more delicious:

  • Add some nuts: For some extra crunch and protein, you can add some roasted nuts to your popcorn before drizzling with chocolate. You can use any nuts you like, such as peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, or pistachios. Chop them coarsely and toss them with the popcorn and salt.
  • Add some dried fruits: For some extra sweetness and chewiness, you can add some dried fruits to your popcorn before drizzling with chocolate. You can use any dried fruits you like, such as cranberries, cherries, raisins, apricots, or mangoes. Chop them into small pieces and toss them with the popcorn and salt.
  • Add some spices: For some extra flavor and warmth, you can add some spices to your popcorn before drizzling with chocolate. You can use any spices you like, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle them over the popcorn and salt and toss to combine.
  • Add some candy: For some extra fun and color, you can add some candy to your popcorn after drizzling with chocolate. You can use any candy you like, such as M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, sprinkles, or mini marshmallows. Scatter them over the chocolate while it’s still wet and press them lightly to stick.
  • Make it vegan: To make your chocolate covered popcorn vegan, you can use vegan chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and omit the vegetable shortening. You can also use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil to pop the popcorn kernels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about chocolate covered popcorn:

Can I use microwave popcorn instead of popping my own kernels?

Yes, you can use microwave popcorn instead of popping your own kernels, but make sure to choose a plain or lightly salted variety. Avoid using buttery or cheesy popcorn, as they will clash with the chocolate flavor. You’ll need about two bags of microwave popcorn to make 8 cups of popped popcorn.

Can I use an air popper instead of popping my kernels on the stovetop?

Yes, you can use an air popper instead of popping your kernels on the stovetop, but you’ll need to spray or drizzle some oil over the popcorn after popping it, otherwise the salt and chocolate won’t stick well. You’ll need about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to make 8 cups of popped popcorn in an air popper.

How do I store chocolate covered popcorn?

You can store chocolate covered popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. However, if you store it in the refrigerator, the chocolate may lose its shine and become dull or streaky. This is called blooming and it doesn’t affect the taste or quality of the chocolate, but it may look less appealing.

Conclusion

Chocolate covered popcorn is a delicious and easy snack that you can make at home with just a few ingredients and equipment. It’s perfect for movie nights, parties, or just a sweet treat. You can customize it with different types of chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, spices, or candy to suit your preferences. Try making your own chocolate covered popcorn today and enjoy!

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