Summer means sunshine, barbeques, and “bring a dish.” If people want me to bring a dip, I bring Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because buffalo sauce. If I’m asked to bring a salad, I lean toward “weird” ones, like ramen salads. And if the hosts request a dessert, I panic.
Or, I used to panic.
While I like my birthday cake, I’m not big up on cakes. I love pie, but I’m still working on making a pie crust that doesn’t suck. I also like to make things that kids will like too, so no fancy tartes or tortes or whatever it is we’re all pinning these days.
So I make Summer Popcorn.
It’s really easy.
First, I pop the popcorn in my Whirley-Pop.
If you’re not familiar with the Whirley-Pop, you’re missing out. Best. Popcorn. Ever. My husband purchased one after a fellow firefighter brought one to work to make popcorn for the rest of the crew. I thought he was crazy for purchasing another kitchen thing; kitchen gadgets are his thing though. I joined the crazy when I fell in love with the process and the taste. We haven’t eaten microwaved popcorn in over two years.
Spread the popped corn on to a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Melt white chocolate however you see best fit.
Some people use the microwave, but I don’t really like doing it that way. All the beeping and door opening and closing drives me bonkers. I also think it negatively affects the taste, but that might just be me. However, when I went to pull out my double boiler, I remembered in a fit of “let’s clean out our cupboards,” I gave it away. I actually said to my husband, “I can just melt chocolate in the microwave.” UGH.
So I fashioned my own and melted up my white chocolate melting chips. The Ghiradelli White Melting Wafers melted the best of any white chocolate I’ve attempted to melt before.
You then pour it over the popcorn and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon.
Then comes the fun part. Pour on the sprinkles! I went with red, white, and blue because nothing says summer like red, white, and blue.
If the party you’re attending has a theme, go with colors that match the theme. Pink and green sprinkles scream, “WATERMELON!” I always like to use a bright, light blue and yellow for a beachy type feel. I used both jimmies and crystal sugar.
And then—the hardest part—let the whole thing cool completely. (Though, trust me, you’ll want to grab a piece of popcorn in the still-warm, melty chocolate. It’s heavenly.) After it’s cooled and hardened, you can place it in a bowl for traveling or in individual baggies if you’re handing them out to kiddos.
It’s a sweet treat that will please kids and adults alike.
And, of course, don’t forget to brush your teeth after such a lovely treat. Even if you don’t eat this treat at your next summer barbeque, there are lots of hidden sugars you may not consider. BBQ sauces contain a lot more sugar than you think. Love lemonade? Me too, but it’s loaded too. Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste can help clean the sugar acids from everyday (or special day!) foods with a great taste. You can look at their Facebook page to learn more, or follow them on Twitter: @AquafreshUS.
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