Kick up your Valentine’s Day with salted chocolate popcorn made with just 3 ingredients.
Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Besides, what’s not to love? Chocolate and popcorn. Bliss in a bowl.
We recently developed videos with recipes for the American Kidney Fund, the leading U.S. non-profit organization working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease. One of the recipes for the snack video was sriracha popcorn. Read more for the recipe and links to Chef Joel’s videos.
Choose and Pop Your Popcorn Wisely
In general, microwave popcorn often contains a lot of salt with artificial flavorings. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that advocates for human and environmental health, found other chemicals inside microwave popcorn bags that are potential carcinogens (AKA cancer-causing agents).
Cooking your popcorn on the stove in oil is better than using microwave bags, but still allows for some issues, because the burning oil can create chemical compounds that potentially can cause oxidative damage to cells.
The best option for popping popcorn is using an electric air popper, which requires no oil. You’ll get perfectly fluffy popcorn, minus the chemicals, preservatives, and excess salt. And the best part is you can find electric air poppers on Amazon for under $30.00.
You’re gonna love this quick and easy gourmet salted chocolate popcorn!
Pop 1/2 cup of organic popcorn kernels. This will yield about 12 cups of popped popcorn. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
Did you know?
It’s estimated that 90 percent of corn grown in the United States is from genetically modified seed. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-GMO popcorn options available. Any certified organic popcorn will be non-GMO.
Melt 6 ounces of chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate in a double boiler, stirring occasionally. We love Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chips that are free from the top 8 allergens, but not free from flavor.
Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and immediately pour over the popcorn, stirring to coat as thoroughly as possible. We like to wear disposable food grade vinyl gloves, tossing with our hands.
Spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Let sit at room temperature until the chocolate has hardened and set, about an hour.
This keeps for up to 3 days in an airtight container, if it lasts that long!
Included in the low phosphorus snacks is sriracha popcorn.
Salted Chocolate Popcorn
Yield 3 Quarts
Free of: gluten and top 8 allergens.
Kick up your movie night with salted chocolate popcorn!
1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
6 ounces allergy-friendly chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life Mini Chips (1 cup)
1/2 tsp sea salt
- Pop popcorn kernels according to manufacturer's instructions. The healthiest option is popping in an electric air popper. You should have about 12 cups of popped popcorn. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
Fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a bowl; the bowl of chocolate should not be in direct contact with the water. Once you place the bowl on the saucepan, lower the heat so the water is gently simmering. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the melted chocolate from heat. Wipe the bottom of the bowl to dry any condensation. Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir to coat as thoroughly as possible. We like to wear disposable food grade vinyl gloves, tossing with our hands.
- Spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Let sit at room temperature until the chocolate has hardened and set, about an hour.
- This keeps for up to 3 days in an airtight container.