So as I sit here munching on the latkes my roommate’s mother sent over, it occurs to me that you probably have some sort of New Year’s plans. Maybe you’re going to a big fancy party. Or maybe you’re hosting one (good luck and godspeed)! Or maybe you’re just going to sit on your couch under a warm fuzzy blanket, watch the ball drop behind Ryan Seacrest’s increasingly surgically altered profile, and fall asleep at 12:03. In any event, you’re gonna need something to nosh on, no?
That’s what I thought.
This popcorn is honest-to-goodness addicting. I made a batch for a holiday cookie swap I hosted for some of my high school friends (yes, they knew me in my formative [read: most awkward] years and still associate with me), and it was a huge hit. I scraped the bowl as I was making it, ate muuuuch more than a few “test” handfuls, and kept sneaking bites when I went back to the kitchen to refill my snack bowls. You have been warned.
(Oh, and if you’re curious, I made a batch of these bad boys for the swap. Death by chocolate!)
- 1 package microwave popcorn, plain or natural flavored (not buttered)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1. Pop popcorn as directed on package. Pour into a bowl, separating any unpopped kernels. Allow popcorn to cool for 10-15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a double boiler or in a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips. If microwaving, heat chips on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate! Once it seizes up, it will be very difficult to drizzle over the popcorn. My chips only took about a minute to heat enough to melt–make sure you stir for quite a while, since the heat continues to work its way throughout the chips for several seconds after they’re removed from the microwave.
3. Pour white chocolate over the popcorn and stir to combine.
4. Heat 1/2 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour over chocolate-y popcorn and stir again.
5. Spread a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet or flat counter space and arrange popcorn in a layer on top of it.
6. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and drizzle on top of the popcorn mixture. Place wax paper in the fridge to set popcorn, about 30 minutes.
I’m so grateful to all of the wonderful people out there who helped my little blog grow as much as it did in 2011, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!