Dark Chocolate Cherry Popcorn

 

If you know me at all, you know I’m a total popcorn addict. Like for reals.  A night without it feels weird.  I can eat about a dozen cups’ worth and not think anything of it.  I prefer stove-top to bagged, but in a pinch it will do.  Don’t even talk to me about weird toppings, I want my good old-fashioned salty delight.  Until.

Until Christmas rolled around, and I wanted to give my family I’ve been tutoring with for a long time a heartfelt gift.  In my list of last-minute gift ideas I included peppermint popcorn, and thought that might be a great idea.  But I didn’t have peppermint at the time, and y’all know I’m frugal, so I try to use what I already have.

In my cupboard, I had some dried cherries and several bits of different dark chocolate bars.

Bingo. Dark Chocolate Cherry Popcorn.

This was created on a whim, but turned out absolutely splendid!  You can of course customize it with other dried fruits or types of chocolate, for example a white chocolate apricot might be tasty, or try adding in some nuts or seeds for extra crunch.  It looks adorable in a clear plastic baggie with some colorful ribbon or a bow.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. dried cherries
  • 1 oz amaretto liquor (optional)
  • Sprinkle of salt and sugar

Step 1: Soak the dried cherries in the amaretto 1 hour.  This softens them enough so that they aren’t hard and chewy later.  If you don’t want to do this step, it is optional.

Step 2: In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, add the chocolate and oil. Microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring each time, until melted. Or use a double boiler, but do not bring to a boil.

Step 3: Pop your corn on the stove top or in an air popper if you have one.

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Step 4: In a large bowl, pour your popcorn and cherries. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate, stirring with a spoon or spatula, to coat all of the popcorn. Finish with a sprinkle of salt and sugar, and you’re done!

Now your homemade snack is ready to be packed into a cute tin and given to someone you care about for Christmas, Valentine’s day, birthdays, or just because. Or you can just eat the whole thing, I won’t judge.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Cherry Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 3 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. dried cherries
  • 1 oz amaretto liquor (optional)
  • Sprinkle of salt and sugar

Instructions

  1. Soak the dried cherries in the amaretto 1 hour. This softens them enough so that they aren't hard and chewy later. If you don't want to do this step, it is optional.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, add the chocolate and oil. Microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring each time, until melted. Or use a double boiler, but do not bring to a boil.
  3. Pop your corn on the stove top or in an air popper if you have one.
  4. In a large bowl, pour your popcorn and cherries. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate, stirring with a spoon or spatula, to coat all of the popcorn. Finish with a sprinkle of salt and sugar, and you're done!
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