Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Warning: there is potential for making a large, ooey-gooey, yet yummy and fun mess while making this tasty treat!
We get gourmet popcorn delivered to us at work all the time from families or doctors we work with.  One day we had chocolate caramel popcorn and it was SOOO yummy!  I thought to myself, "I could make this at home!"  So Tottie and I tried...

We used:
  • Microwave popcorn (because I'm lazy).  We used the buttered kind but it would probably be better with plain popcorn.
  • Caramel bits
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Cashews (because they are my favorite nut)

We popped the popcorn in the microwave then spread it, along with the cashews, in a thin layer on wax paper lined cookie sheets.
Next, we melted the caramel in the microwave.  (Be careful when you do it because you can easily burn it if you are not watching!)  

Then, using a spoon, Tottie drizzled the caramel all over the popcorn and nuts.  We had a problem with the caramel hardened again quite quickly so I kept having to re-melt it.

We repeated with the chocolate chips...melt and drizzle.  The chocolate chips were MUCH easier to do!
To speed up time, we put the cookie sheets in the freezer for a few minutes to help harden the chocolate back up.

Then we broke apart the popcorn chunks, mixed them up a bit, and did a second layer of chocolate and caramel.

It was messy.  It was fun!  Though our chocolate caramel popcorn didn't look as fancy as the gourmet stuff, it tasted just as good!!

Do you and your kids eat gourmet popcorn?

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