DIY Gourmet Chocolate Popcorn Three Ways
When I sold chocolates off and on, my chocolate popcorn was the number one seller time and time again, and it was my personal favorite. The sweet chocolate paired with salty, crunchy popcorn is the perfect combination. It's also quite easy and affordable to make, and it's very easy to make and package for a crowd. If you need a DIY gourmet gift for a lot of recipients, this one is perfect!
I like to mix mine up with different toppings and experiment with different candy coatings. If you can melt it, you can use it on popcorn! Any of the Wilton candy melts or any flavored baking chips from the baking aisle, like the chocolate peppermint chips, are ingredients you can use to create your own gourmet popcorn. The ones featured today are chocolate, butterscotch, and chocolate peanut butter crunch.
Here's what you'll need:
- wax paper
- extra large plastic ziplock bags
- microwave popcorn
- chocolate baking chips (one bag makes plenty)
- large brown tin-tie bakery bags with display window
- 1" ribbon
- "Thank You" twist-tie tags or gift tags
- Start by lining a baking sheet with wax paper and get that popcorn popping. After it has cooled off, use your hands to transfer the popped kernels (avoiding the unpopped ones) into a large plastic bag.
- Melt the chocolate or candy baking chips in a microwave-safe bowl for one minute at a time (should only take a few times). Stir until smooth and fully melted.
- Scoop about 1/3 cup of the melted chocolate into the bag and seal shut.
- Give it a good shake, shake, shake and use your fingers to gently push the popcorn around until it is evenly coated.
- Empty it onto the wax paper and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes or flash freeze in the the freezer for just a few minutes. To make it easy to break apart for packaging, spread it out gently and loosely before chilling.
- If you're making the peanut butter crunch popcorn, start with melted peanut butter chips to evenly coat then use a small piping bag or plastic baggie with a hole cut out in a corner to drizzle on melted chocolate and top with salted roasted peanut halves or a mixed nut topping.
- For the Butterscotch Popcorn, use butterscotch baking chips. For the chocolate popcorn, you can use white, milk, semi-sweet, dark, whichever kind you want! I love white chocolate and a blend of semi-sweet with milk chocolate.
Package them in brown tin-tie bags and finish off with whichever color ribbon you want. After you've folded down the top a few times, simply tie the ribbon around the bag and into a bow just under the fold in the front. You can attach a "thank you " bakery tag, a gift tag, or even on ornament gift topper for the holidays. Enjoy!
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