Nothing is better than tricked-out popcorn.
I used to take regular pilgrimages to NYC before the kids came along, and back then, there was a Popcorn, Indiana store in Times Square. I’d go there and order popcorn slathered in chocolate, have them pack it up in a big bag, and eat it on the train ride home.
Like all great stores, that one closed down, but I learned my lesson: always dress up your popcorn as much as you can. This one is covered in chocolate, mixed with Reese’s minis, and finished off with dollops of melted Reese’s chips. No trip to New York necessary for all of this madness!
Spring is such a transitional season. It’s when we feel the itch to do new things, see new places, have new experiences. It’s when we see hope that we can rejuvenate and find ways to make our lives even more meaningful. Or is that just me?
This time of year, the world looks totally different. The dark skies are light by 5:30 in the morning, the breezes are gentle, and people begin to daydream more, looking forward to beach getaways or lazy afternoons by the pool.
Maybe it’s just that I work in a school, but the focus here is definitely shifting. The same things that would have bothered me in October aren’t getting to me nearly as much right now. It’s the magic of springtime!
I wish I were as easygoing at home. It’s almost like an opposing force is at play. Yesterday, I walked by the backpack that I’d asked my daughter to put away five times. It was still in the middle of the hallway in a place seemed almost designed to make someone sprawl face-first onto the floor. Gotta be honest here: I didn’t use my patient voice this time.
But then I made it up to her by giving her some of this popcorn, and all was right with the world again. See? #goodparenting
The best part about making blinged-out popcorn is that it takes almost no time. Typically, I like to use kettle corn because it’s both sweet and salty, which gives the end result more dimension. You can use a microwaveable kettle corn, or many groceries sell really good ones as well. Popcorn, Indiana makes the BEST kettle corn. And no, they’re not sponsoring this post. I wish.
Once you have the popcorn, you mix chocolate candy melts and Reese’s minis into it, which melt ever so slightly. And don’t forget that thick ribbon of melted peanut butter chips!
Spring is here and everything is in transition. The only constant is change, but this time, the change is warmer weather and green leaves on trees. I’ll take it!
4 cups kettle corn, popped
1 cup chocolate candy melts
1 package Reese's minis (the unwrapped kind)
1 cup peanut butter chips
- Place the kettle corn in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- Heat the chocolate candy melts according to package directions. Once they're melted, stir the candy melts into the popcorn. Add the Reese's minis and stir again until they're well distributed. Don't overdo it, though, or the minis will melt.
- Spread the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet to dry. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter chips in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth.
- Using a spoon, generously drizzle the melted peanut butter chips over the popcorn, being sure to get the drizzle in as many places as possible.
- Let the popcorn set. Break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container.