Salted Peanut Butter & Chocolate Popcorn
We’ve all had those days when we really just need to stop what we’re doing, take a break, and relax. I like to curl up on the coach, put a movie on, and enjoy a sinfully delicious snack to treat myself. In a perfect world, it would be raining outside, the dishes would be done and clean, and my cat would settle down for longer than five minutes and cuddle on my lap. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. And there is always dishes to be done! Thankfully, this popcorn makes up for all the dirty dishes and the world’s imperfections, it’s that good! I’ve talked before about my love for popcorn before, but this recipe takes popcorn to a whole new level: salty, sweet, and crunchy. I added the peanut butter especially for my husband, but if you’re not a fan you can leave it out. You could really go crazy and add some nuts or powdered sugar!
5 tablespoons corn kernels
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 spoonful chunky or smooth peanut butter
In a deep pot with lid, pour in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and shake the pot until the oil is evenly spread. Sprinkle in the corn kernels and spread evenly into the oil. Sprinkle the salt over the kernels (you can always add more salt after the corn is popped, but adding the salt now assures even distribution).
Cover the pot with the lid and heat on high heat. Now, the popping will start quickly. Once the kernels start popping vigorously, carefully shake the pot to prevent burning. Be careful! Your pot may be very hot. The popping process is very fast and once you notice the popping slowing, remove pot from heat and keep covered until popping is completely finished, set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter over a low heat, stirring continually so the chocolate won’t burn. Once chocolate is melted, pour over the popcorn and gently stir until the chocolate is evenly distributed. Once the popcorn and chocolate has cooled, feel free to enjoy if you don’t mind messy fingers! Or if you have more patience than I do, allow popcorn to cool and chocolate to harden in the fridge. Enjoy!