Hey, hey Thursday Popcorn Day! To make it even better, lots of shows are starting back tonight and I’ve got a DVR full of things I’ve been meaning to watch. That means I must make my weekly popcorn to snack on while taking a little time to relax in front of the TV with Husband-Face. Since it’s also just a few days before Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d make this version packed full of decadent treats and drizzle it with two kinds of chocolate just to make it extra special. Because this turned out so tasty and pretty too, it would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for friends, co-workers, or even yourself! Just pack it in a cute bag or box, tie it with a bow, and gift away.
I called it Kitchen Sink because it includes just about everything but the kitchen sink. This also includes clarified butter, which is easy to make and tastes delicious on popcorn. It doesn’t take long to make and the remaining butter can be used in a variety of dishes. If you find yourself running short on time, you can use melted butter instead. The add-ins are the most fun part, so get creative and go all out. I’m sure the end result will be over the top delicious!
8 cups Popcorn, popped and picked through for unpopped kernels
1 stick Butter
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (I used Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (or larger cookies broken into pieces)
1/2 cup Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (or larger cookies broken into pieces)
1/2 cup Cashews
1/4 cup Cocoa Dusted Almonds
10 mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup Peanut M&M’s
2 ounces White Chocolate, melted
2 ounces Milk or Dark chocolate, melted
Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons of the clarified butter and a light sprinkle of fine salt.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Pour the buttered popcorn onto the baking sheet and sprinkle over the cookies, nuts and candy. Slowly drizzle the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and add-ins, making sure to drizzle across the toppings so they will stick to the popcorn. Repeat with the melted milk or dark chocolate. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt to balance out the sweetness and set aside to allow the chocolate to harden. If you are pressed for time, place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate is firm. Gently break into clumps for packaging or serving and enjoy!