Popcorn! Popcorn! Come on and get your Popcorn! This easy and quick recipe is guaranteed to keep your hands and your mouth satisfied. In fact, the more you eat of this salty and sweet concoction the more you will keep eating. I know I did. I made a quick run to the supermarket and grabbed a bag of sea salt popcorn. I then melted chocolate chips and drizzled the warm chocolate over the popcorn. It was a perfect combination. You can choose to use whatever popcorn flavor you’d like. I like the butter flavor too.
I am a Google queen and I learned that popcorn has been around for thousands of years. I won’t bore you with all of my findings, but if your interest is peaked, then, Google the history of popcorn for yourself. I Googled the countries that consume the most popcorn. I was not surprised that the United States is number One.
And the other three? Japan is right behind the United States, China is third and France comes in at number four. I was pleased to know that the United States ranked first, because I know I have contributed to this finding. I am pretty certain you feel the same way. What would movie night be without popcorn right?
The movie theaters all smell of buttery popcorn and that is truly the lure to get us hooked and of course, pay the exorbitant cost for a bucket. I’m not sure movie theaters do this anymore, but years ago, if you returned your bucket empty after the movie ended, you could return to the concession stand and get yourself a free refill. Win-Win right? I would take my free bucket home, put it in Ziplock bags and devour my free popcorn for nearly a week.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
- 2 cups salted popcorn
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- Place popcorn on a baking sheet in a layer. Set aside.
- Next, melt the chocolate chunks over medium-low heat.
- Remove melted chocolate from the heat. Using a spatula or a fork, drizzle all over the popcorn.
- Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to set.
- Remove from the refrigerator and transfer to a bowl. Serve and Enjoy!
I am getting nostalgia just reminiscing about going to the County Fair every year as a kid and getting that bag of salted popcorn that lasted forever. Of course, because it was loaded with salt, I had to have a Slurpee (a super sweet and cold drink) to balance the salt. The more salted popcorn I would eat, the more satisfied I would become sipping my cherry and blue drink. Fun times and great memories.
Popcorn started out simple with salt and butter. Of course, butter was optional, but I for one, love butter on my popcorn, so I let the concession worker drizzle very generously. Today, I am quite fascinated with gourmet popcorn. It has become quite a booming business. Many entrepreneurs are creating their very own popcorn concoctions and turning their Mom and Pop businesses into a huge money maker.
I have given money to friends’ gourmet popcorn drives where the goal for the drive is to give half of the earnings to a charity and keep the other half for the organization to perhaps, help a kid with college fees or books. The drive is usually open for 72 hours and the friend will have a dollar amount that they want to reach. One friend started out with a $500 goal and within a 72 hour period, raised over $6000.00. Yes! 12 times more than her actual goal. Now, that is clever marketing on the gourmet popcorn company’s end. I opted as a selection when purchasing the popcorn to donate $20 to the Fire Department in lieu of having popcorn sent to me. Besides, I had more friends who were involved in this drive and it was for a good cause and I felt great about that. So whether you are a simple popcorn eater with a little salt and butter or your taste buds have crossed over to gourmet popcorn, I hope that you will enjoy every popped kernel. Drizzle it with whatever makes you happy. Enjoy!