Monday, April 21, 2014

Chocolate Popcorn Squares

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. I can eat it any time of day, even as a part of a meal. I just love how versitile and easy it is to make into any type of flavor. I often forget about the sweeter side of popcorn and how delicious it is to make a sweet and salty treat. 

Popcorn balls were something my mom and I made on Halloween and I loved them! The only bad part was shaping the sticky mass into tidy shapes. This chocolate drizzled treat saves you a bit of time and effort by just pressing the whole thing into a greased pan. Then it can be easily cut into squares. This will stay perfect in the fridge for over a week, making it a great afternoon snack and dessert. 


8 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 butter
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup of milk chocolate chips (or  milk chocolate cut up)
1 to 4 tablespoons milk

Melt the butter into a large, heavy bottomed pot and add in the marshmallows. Let the marshmallows melt until they are smooth and creamy. If you are using popcorn that has already been salted, omit the salt at this point. Otherwise, throw that into the mixture and turn off the heat. Add in the popcorn and stir, stir, stir to make sure each kernel is covered in the marshmallow goop. 

Once all the popcorn is covered, carefully pour the mixture into a greased 9 X 13 pan. This will give you a tall bar with a lot of the marshmallow goodness to go with the popcorn. Chill this in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the chocolate drizzle.  Using the same pan, I just throw in the milk and the chocolate chips and turn this on to low heat and whisk constantly. Make sure it is on super low so the chocolate does not seize up. If it does, just add a few tablespoons of butter. Once this has almost melted, turn off the heat and keep whisking. Drizzle this over the popcorn mixture and cut into squares.


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