Monday, 13 June 2011

Coconut Chocolate Popcorn

Yes, you read that right.

Coconut + Chocolate + air popped crunchy Popcorn = an addictive and highly satisfying treat!

Now that I have your full attention, why don't I explain how you can get your hands on a GIANT bowl of this delectable concoction.

First, you'll need the following:

 - a full bowl of air popped popcorn (roughly three pops, or 1/2 cup un-popped)
- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 3 cups dark chocolate (55-70% dark is great)
- 1 cup toasted coconut shavings (unsweetened)

Let's get started:

Place the coconut oil and chocolate in a glass bowl. Get this baby into the microwave, and set the timer to 3 minutes. Stop the microwave every twenty seconds or so, give it a stir, and pop it back in. Mine only tool 2:40 in the end, so watch yours carefully!

When it's completely melted it will look like this:

I wish you could smell this! Sooo good!

Please leave your air popped popcorn naked - no salt, no butter. Simply scoop it out of the bowl with you hands, and place on a rimmed cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil or wax paper. As you scoop it onto the pan, make sure you are sifting out all the unpopped seeds - these teeth breakers are not welcome in any popcorn dessert of mine!

Toasted coconut is fragrant, and very delicious. To toast your own, simply preheat your over to 500F (or 450F if using convection) and place your coconut in an even layer in a shallow baking dish. Toast on the top rack of the oven for roughly 3 minutes.

Golden brown is your goal when toasting the coconut
All the yumminess ready to be combined!

Simply pour the chocolate over the popcorn, and use a spoon to fully incorporate. Spread the popcorn out on the pan as evenly as possible once the chocolate is poured so that the popcorn can set. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

to speed the chocolate setting, place the pan in a cool room (like your cold room). DON'T put in the freezer as popcorn does not freeze well - it turns mushy when thawed.

Once the popcorn has set, break it into chunks and place in a bowl {for immediate enjoyment!}, Ziploc bags, or containers to give it away.

If you're looking for a Father's Day gift, here's one way to wrap up this popcorn for the amazing Daddy's in your life!

Do you have a favorite popcorn treat?

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