Homemade Popcorn With Chocolate, Cherries & Sea Salt

Homemade Popcorn With Chocolate, Cherries & Sea Salt

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A few months ago, Stacy introduced me to More Than Alive, and mentioned that she often reviews their products. Would I be interested, she wondered, in choosing a product from More Than Alive to review?

Um, let me think about that.

Yes!

I started browsing their site, and got really distracted by all those awesome water filtration systems. One day, that super-duper Big Berkey will be mine.

After I tore myself away from the water filter section, I stumbled on the organic yellow popcorn.

I am totally embarrassed to admit that I had actually never made homemade popcorn. Isn’t that something one should do before he/she dies? I think it is.

A few weeks later I got these beauties in my mailbox.

unpopped

Sam and I were excited, and we made some right away. He gave the popcorn two thumbs up.

sam and popcorn

In case you’re wondering, all my children have both their eyes. Their mother is not the greatest at taking pictures.

Anyway. It is hard to put into words how much my whole family loved this popcorn. I’m harassed with petitions to make popcorn at least twenty times a day.

And I’ll be honest, it’s absolutely delicious. It’s become a great little snack for us, as my son has life-threatening allergies to milk, egg, and peanut and is on a limited diet.

Since I’ve become a popcorn specialist, I’ve been noticing other brands at the store. It’s amazing how bright yellow and healthy-looking this organic yellow popcorn is compared to the “normal stuff” you see on the store shelves!

And the taste…phenomenal. We love the plain old simplicity of the kernels, coconut oil, and sea salt. I often include it in our healthy to-go lunches for kids!

But I started thinking…Wouldn’t this be better with chocolate? It’s a question I ask a lot, and the answer is almost always, why yes, it would. We all loved the popcorn with chocolate, cherries & sea salt. It’s sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, just a perfect snack!

Ingredients:

ingredients

1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I love the brand Enjoy Life, because it’s safe for my son’s dairy and peanut allergies)

1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped into small pieces

3T coconut oil

Generous sprinkling of good quality sea salt (I used some I had on-hand from Trader Joe’s. Bet it would be fantastic with high quality Real Redmond Salt.

Instructions:

The first thing you need to do is pop your popcorn. There are a million different techniques for this, and a million different contraptions to use. I used what I had on hand.

Here’s how I did it.

First, put your kids on stools to watch, because they live incredibly simple lives and this is the highlight of their day.

kids watching

It only looks like they’re about to burn their noses on scalding hot pans. I’m sure I was watching them closely. (Ahem)

Next, melt the coconut oil in a large stock pot on medium high heat. (I love coconut oil for the sweet undertones it gives this recipe, but it also has a high smoke point, so it’s a good choice for popcorn!) Once the oil is melted, add four popcorn kernels to the pan, and put the lid on. Three or five might work, but I wouldn’t risk it. I always do four. :) When they’ve popped, add all the kernels.

Put the pan back on the stove. To prevent burning, shake the pan a little as it’s cooking, and turn the heat down to medium after a minute of popping. When you don’t hear any more popping…done!

Next, spread the popcorn in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet.

Then melt your chocolate. I do this by creating a double-boiler on my stove. I boil water underneath, and put the chocolate in a glass bowl over top until it melts.

double broilet

Once the chocolate is melted, drizzle it over the popcorn, then sprinkle with chopped dried cherries and sea salt. I like a lot of salt, so I’m generous in my portion. I suggest a light sprinkle first, then more if it needs it.

It needs to cool, but chances are your mouth is watering, and your kids, if you have them, have asked you 486 times if dessert is done. So you might want to hurry this part up and pop the pan in the refrigerator. When the chocolate is hard to the touch, enjoy!

Does your family enjoy homemade popcorn? What are your favorite popcorn toppings?

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*This post is linked at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, at Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe Box, at In And Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, at Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager, at Gluten Free Tuesday at Easy Green Mama, at Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl, at Gluten Free Wednesday at Gluten Free Homemaker, at Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks, at Allergy Free Wednesdays at Whole New Mom, at Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch, at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, at Pennywise Platter at Nourishing Gourmet, at Gluten Free Fridays at Vegetarian Mama, at Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club, at Friday Food Frenzy at Mostly Food and Crafts, at Sweet and Savory at Dessert Now Dinner Later.


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About Jessica Smartt

Jessica Smartt is a former teacher who lives in beautiful North Carolina. She blogs at www.smarttereachday.com where she pokes fun at the everyday challenges of motherhood, shares all her amazing allergy-friendly recipes, and rejoices that God still loves her no matter what phobia she has recently developed. She is blessed beyond belief with two Smartt little boys and a husband who can fix anything.

  • Pat Baker

    This is NOT on THM plan correct? Just checking…

    • Stacy

      Nope. :-) But most of my readers aren’t THM – so I try to keep something around for everyone. Jessica wrote this post and she doesn’t do THM. :-)

    • Jessica Smartt

      Pat, it’s on my list of things to do to figure out this THM thing. I know if Stacy loves it, I probably should, too! ;)

  • twny

    I make homemade popcorn at least once every 2 weeks. My family loves it and my friends and family ask for it every time I see them:) I have been struggling with an oil to cook it in because my son is allergic to coconut. I finally found sunflower oil works great! We are going to try to grow our own popping corn next year in our garden. Organic popping corn is so expensive, I would love to win this!

    • Stacy

      If we don’t use coconut oil, we use palm shortening.

  • Beth

    So, if you had a child who was allergic to coconut oil, what would you use? I have been trying different oils (butter, sunflower oil, tallow . . . ), but it just doesn’t turn out as well. We can’t do peanut oil either :( I have thought of getting an air-popper like my grandma had when I was a kid, but I need another small appliance in my kitchen like a need a hole in my head :oP

    • Stacy

      An air popper is an excellent appliance – and not TOO big. :-) You could also pop with palm shortening. I’ve tried it and it works well.

    • Jessica Smartt

      I’ve also done olive oil, and it works fine. I know it doesn’t have as high a smoke point, though, so I felt more comfortable with coconut. I second the palm shortening option!

  • Julieanne

    Wish this was THM-friendly! I got all excited there for a minute, but then realized that this probably wouldn’t work for those using Trim Healthy Mama. :) But then, again, I haven’t crunched the numbers, so maybe? :)

    • Stacy

      Nope – not a THM recipe. :-) Most of my readers aren’t THM – including Jessica, my contributor. :-) I try to keep everyone happy!

      • http://getalonghome.com/ GAHCindy

        If this ain’t THM friendly, then neither am I.

        • Stacy

          Yes you are – you’re just a rebel at heart. ;-)

    • Jessica Smartt

      Sorry, Julieanne! Not THM, and not even a crock pot recipe! I’m lucky Stacy keeps me around LOL! ;)