How to make chocolate popcorn
A healthy snack that everyone likes and that cannot be missed at all parties is popcorn. Unlike other appetizers that require a lot of processing or frying, this meal only consists of inflating the corn kernels with heat and a little oil and turning them into delicious and crunchy popcorn ready to eat. That is why, over time, new recipes and types of popcorn have been perfected that are ideal for celebrating a birthday, snacking on something in the afternoon, or sitting down to watch your favorite movie.
If you like popcorn and you are looking for new ideas with which to make this delicious snack, in this article we are going to give you the recipe to know how to make chocolate popcorn, a very simple and quick process, but which will provide the corn with a unique and tasty texture and flavor, contrasting the sweetness of the chocolate with the salt of the popcorn itself. Let’s start with the recipe!
- A tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil
- A cup of corn kernels
- Two tablespoons of butter
- 350 grams of chocolate to melt
- Half a glass of semi-skimmed milk
- A pinch of sea salt to taste
You will need to:
- Wide, deep, nonstick casserole or skillet
- Oven plate
- baking paper
- oven glove
Steps to follow:
The first thing you need to do for this chocolate popcorn recipe is to get some good kernels of corn. If it’s in a bag, you’ll have it ready to cook, but if you buy them in bulk, it’s best to wash them and let them dry so they don’t salt with the oil.
Choose the type of saucepan or skillet you want to use. Keep in mind that the trick of this recipe is that all the grains touch the bottom of the container, so a wide and deep frying pan is recommended in which to cook them.
On this surface, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil so that the bottom is greased. Leave it on medium heat until it is completely hot.
Put the corn kernels, as we said, ensuring that they all touch the surface and do not overlap, and keep them still until they begin to burst.
Once the cornflakes begin to pop open, you’ll need to put on an oven mitt to prevent burns and hold the lid of the saucepan or skillet so the popcorn doesn’t spill out. In addition, you must go stirring them and shake the mango little by little so that all the grains are done and none of them burn.
After a while, when all the grains have turned into popcorn, remove the pan from the heat and let it rest.
While the popcorn is at room temperature, put the proportion of butter with half a glass of milk and the ounces of chocolate in a bowl and melt in a bain-marie until it is completely liquid and unctuous.
When you have the liquid chocolate, put the warm popcorn in a large bowl and pour all the melted chocolate over it.
Once you have all the popcorn mixed and dipped in chocolate, you should spread it on a large baking tray so that they have room and, before the chocolate dries, sprinkle salt on top to give it that special touch.
You should let them rest for around three hours until the chocolate is completely dry and manageable and put them in an airtight container so that they can be better preserved. And that’s it, you can now taste this delicious chocolate popcorn!
This recipe is very healthy since in addition to being a homemade snack, you can adapt it in the way that best suits your tastes and needs. In this way, you can choose as much oil as possible, eliminate salt and melt pure or unsweetened chocolate so that the result is as healthy as possible without sacrificing flavor.
Corn is a very healthy source of protein that should be included in a balanced way in our diet, so, although it should not be abused, it is a snack that you can enjoy without guilt.
In the same way that you can bathe them in milk chocolate, you can try all their different versions to see which one you like best. With dark chocolate, the flavor is much more intense, while with white chocolate they are sweeter and like candy. The logic is the same, but you can experiment with different flavors.
If you are using this recipe for a birthday or children’s party, the touch of salt may be too much and the little ones may not like it, so you can remove it, reduce it or even replace it with chocolate or fantasy shavings that give it a special touch.