In college, popcorn was my go-to snack whenever I hit stress mode. If I needed to pull an all-nighter to work on a term paper, my bowl of popcorn was there by my side as a tasty companion. Nowadays, the snack is less associated with stressful times ahead — though every once in awhile, I do pop a bag to get me through a trying moment — and more a munch when watching TV.
Last year, a colleague brought her own version of “White Chocolate Popcorn” into the office, and I wasn’t the only one who went back to the bowl for seconds. Inspired by the Glitter Guide’s version, which includes fun confetti sprinkles, too, I decided to whip up a batch in time for my Sunday night TV ritual, which currently includes Dexter, Homeland and The Good Wife.
- Popcorn kernels – 1/2 cup
- White chocolate – 6 ounces
- Canola oil – 2 tablespoons
1. Heat oil in a medium size pot on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add in popcorn kernels and cover pot tightly with a lid, shaking the pot frequently. When popping begins, continue to shake frequently while cracking the lid slightly to allow some of the steam to vent out. Remove the pot from heat when the rate of popping slows. Once popping has stopped, carefully remove lid and pour popcorn into a bowl. Add a few pinches of salt and toss popcorn.
2. Chop white chocolate pieces into slivers; this will make it easier to melt the chocolate. Place a small batch of chopped chocolate into a microwave safe dish and heat for 30 seconds on a low power setting. (I used 2 ounces per batch, heating at power level 4 on my microwave.) Remove the dish and stir the chocolate. Repeat heating-stirring process until the white chocolate is nearly fully melted, allowing the last bits of the chocolate to melt by stirring them. (It took me three 30-second-intervals to complete this process per batch.)
NOTE: White chocolate has a lower melting point than milk chocolate and can seize easily, so be careful not to overheat. From what I’ve read online, chocolate chips also contain special ingredients to prevent them from melting easily, so it’s better to start with white chocolate in bar form.
3. Drizzle white chocolate over popcorn and toss in bowl to evenly coat mixture over popcorn.
4. Spread popcorn out evenly on a baking sheet, and add sprinkles. (I used confetti sprinkles because I had them around, but you can really use any type to match any occasion.) Let popcorn sit for a few hours, allowing time for the white chocolate coating to completely dry.
5. Transfer white chocolate popcorn to your favorite popcorn bowl, queue up a “must watch” show and start noshing!