Meg is back with another edition of "Pinned It. Did It." I think this just might be the post that gets me to start entertaining again. (Want to come over?)
Any time I plan a party or event, I get asked the same question: will there be Party Popcorn? It has become a bit of a signature item for me. And to be honest, it’s almost embarrassing because it is possibly the easiest snack dish I’ve ever made. But sometimes the easy things are the ones we go to over and over again. That is the case with Party Popcorn.
The ingredient list is short: microwave popcorn (I like lightly salted best), candy melts or white chocolate chips, and sprinkles. It has been my experience that the candy melts do the best job melting smoothly and coating the popcorn so I use them exclusively. I find them at Michaels but I’m sure they are available anywhere that sells Wilton cake decorating supplies.
Start by popping your microwave popcorn. I used three bags of popcorn for our gathering of about 15 people this past weekend (and by the time the party was over, the popcorn was gone). Pop it and lay it out flat to cool. Once cool, separate out all of the un-popped kernels. This is a very important step. You don’t want anyone biting into those kernels. When the popcorn is cool, melt the candy coating. Once it is smooth, pour it over the popcorn and stir it so that the popcorn is coated. Add the sprinkles before it begins to cool so that they will stick. Allow the candy coating to solidify again once it cools and then transfer the popcorn to bowls.
It is delicious served on the day made or can be stored in an air tight container and served the next day. This snack is so versatile and can be adapted with colors, flavors, or decorative sprinkles to go along with any holiday or theme. I saw where someone used pink and purple candy melts for a Valentine treat. I also had a friend make this using butterscotch chips instead of the white chocolate. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to try more of them myself.
Snack Ideas that Go Well Alongside Party Popcorn:
It’s so fun to have such an easy go-to item that is quick to whip up in a pinch or adds a festive touch in a hurry. And I am such a (recent) big fan of the sweet-salty combo - this hits the spot for that combo.
Meg Brothers is an artist, photographer, mama, and dreamer. She loves cooking, tattoos, and sporadic dance parties in the kitchen. She prefers dark chocolate, black coffee, and flip flops when weather permits. She is a lover of Pinterest and truly believes in integrating ideas and inspiration - big or small - into normal life. Meg lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Dustin and son, Julian. Meg writes about photography, family, and creative inspiration at megbrothers.com. Find her on Pinterest here and on Twitter here.
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