Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks, and it isn’t hard to see why.
Versatile enough to have a multitude of kinds in all sorts of varieties- both sweet and savory- popcorn is a universal snack for all occasions (though of course, it has a well-known reputation for being the go-to snack when it comes to watching movies!).
There are so many different styles and flavors of popcorn available that can be made quickly and easily from home, but if you are something of a chocolate fiend, then it might be chocolate popcorn that you find yourself craving!
We’re going to be looking at how you can easily make yourself the tastiest chocolate popcorn at home to feast on whenever you may please!
How To Make Popcorn
Before we get into the chocolatey contents, we need to know how to make basic popcorn so that we can then incorporate the chocolate elements into the recipe.
There are a few different ways that you can create popcorn at home, but we are going to be looking specifically at popcorn that is made on the stove.
Some consider stove-made popcorn to be a somewhat “old-fashioned” technique, but many people swear by it in comparison to the more common microwave method.
This is- of course- a personal choice, but if you do feel like going for the stove method, we are going to break it down for you here! Let’s start off with exactly what you will need to make popcorn on the stove.
- A two or three-quart lidded saucepan.
- One-third of a cup of popcorn kernels (try and get the best possible quality kernels if you can).
- Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
These ingredients will create the popcorn base in its most basic form. There are no flavorings included in this particular recipe, as we will be getting into that when we talk about adding the chocolate mixture into the popcorn.
It should take about ten minutes to make your popcorn on the stove, and the ingredients listed here will provide about four servings. Before you begin, make sure that the inside of the saucepan is completely dry before you start to heat up the oil.
This will make sure that the oil does not sputter or spit. Once you have checked this, you are ready to make your popcorn.
- First off, you will need to heat up your oil in the saucepan with medium heat. If you opt for coconut oil, you will need to wait until all of the solid elements of the oil have dissolved in the pan.
- Next, add about three or four of the popcorn kernels into the oil in the pan and wait for the kernels to pop.
- Once the initial kernels start doing their popping thing, add the remaining kernels into the pan. Make sure they are spread out as evenly as you can get them.
- Use the lid to cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Give it about thirty seconds to allow for the remaining kernels to get to a near-popping state. When the heat is brought back, this should then get the kernels to start popping at around the same time.
- After the thirty-second interlude, bring the heat back to the pan and the kernels should start popping together. Once you hear the pops, shake the pan gently. You can achieve the right kind of motion by moving the pan back and forth over the burner on the stove. One useful tip is to try and keep the lid a little bit ajar when the popcorn starts to pop, as it will let some of the steam out and make for a crispier and crunchier kind of popcorn.
- The popping should start to die down after a bit of time and when it does, take the pan away from the heat.
Adding That Delicious Chocolate Glaze!
Now that we have a grasp on how to make the crispiest popcorn possible via the stove, let’s take a look at how we can transform this plain popcorn into a chocolate lover’s dream. We will start out by looking at the ingredients that you will need.
- Your freshly made popped popcorn!
- Three-quarters of a cup of sugar
- One-quarter of a cup of corn syrup
- One-quarter of a cup of cocoa powder
- Half a cup of butter
- One teaspoon of vanilla.
You’re going to be creating a chocolate glaze with this recipe, which will be done via the oven and a baking pan, so the first step is to preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You will then oil the baking pan, which will preferably be a pan with sides that measures around ten by fifteen inches.
- Take your popped popcorn and set it aside in a bowl.
- Next, you are going to create your chocolate mixture by adding sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and corn syrup into the saucepan and placing the stove on medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and keep it boiling for around two minutes. Grab your vanilla and stir it into the mixture.
- Once the vanilla has been thoroughly mixed in, take the mixture and pour it over the popcorn in the bowl. Mix it all together until the popcorn is completely covered with the chocolate mixture.
- Take your preprepared baking pan and pour the chocolate-covered popcorn into it. You will then need to bake the mixture for around thirty minutes. During these thirty minutes, take out the mixture a few times and continue to stir the contents to avoid anything clumping together.
- Once the mixture is complete, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool down.
- Your chocolate popcorn is now ready to enjoy!
Popcorn is such an easy snack to make at home, and creating chocolate popcorn is just as simple. If you are planning a movie night with friends or family, consider creating some scrumptious chocolate popcorn to snack on whilst you watch.
You can also change up the mixture to your specific tastes if you so choose. You could opt for making dark chocolate popcorn for a snack with a richer taste, or white chocolate popcorn for a super sweet style of treat.
Furthermore, you can even add in some extras such as peanut butter, nuts, or sprinkles as toppings to make your chocolate popcorn even more delicious.