I have just spent the past four days in Tex-Mex food heaven. So it seemed only appropriate that I kick off my week back home with a fun south-of-the-border-inspired treat — Spiced Chocolate Popcorn!
Ok, I should backtrack.
I had the complete privilege of spending the first three days of last week in sunny California at the Dole Taste Of Spain Salad Summit with some of my favorite blogging friends. Then 8 hours after arriving home, I turned around and hopped on a plane to spend the final four days of the week in San Antonio attending their mega gourmet food festival, Culinaria. And it was amazing. From enjoying beautiful fresh salads and sangria and paella…to uber-trendy cocktails and corn “mousse” and one of the best Mexi meals of my life…the week has pretty much been this foodie’s dream come true.
But last night I came home and am now back to the world making my own food again. And my own snacks, of which homemade popcorn has always been a favorite! I realized the other day, though, that I haven’t shared many of my popcorn recipes on the blog! That’s probably because they usually consist of a little dash of spice here, and a little zest there. But still, this lack of popcorn recipes is a serious problem and must be remedied! :)
So before I left for my foodie whirlwind, I photographed my favorite Mexi-spiced popcorn. Although this time, I decided to kick it up a tad by drizzling it with some melted dark chocolate to give it a “Mexican chocolate” twist. Amigos — I’m pretty sure this one may win the prize for most addicting popcorn ever. I loved it. And now question why on earth I don’t drizzle more popcorn with chocolate. It’s so easy, delicious, and really — a little chocolate can stretch a long way with popcorn. (And when made with dark chocolate, it’s also vegan.)
Definitely a quick, easy and crazy delicious snack, and still healthier than most of the butter-drenched popcorns out there. It is without a doubt one of my favorites!
All of the flavors of Mexican chocolate come together for this salty, spicy and sweet popcorn!
4 cups popped popcorn (*see note below*)
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of cayenne
2 Tbsp. butter, melted (*or margarine or melted coconut oil to make it vegan*)
3 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, melted in the microwave or double boiler
To make 4 cups of homemade popcorn on the stove, add a high-heat oil (I prefer grapeseed or avocado oil, but you can use vegetable or canola) to a medium saucepan until the bottom is just barely covered (about 2-3 tablespoons). Add about 2 heaping tablespoons of popcorn kernels to the pan, or enough so that the kernels form a single even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover pan, and turn heat to high. After a few minutes, the kernels will begin to pop. Keep the lid on, but give the pan a few good shakes as the kernels continue popping so that the bottom kernels do not burn. Once the popping slows to at least 2-4 seconds between popping, immediately remove from heat and pour the popcorn out into a serving bowl.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne until combined.
When the popcorn is ready, measure out about 4 cups. Then toss the popcorn with the melted butter and the chili mixture until it is evenly coated. Spread the popcorn out in a single layer on a piece of wax paper, or a foil-covered baking sheet. Use a fork or a pastry bag to drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Then let the it rest for 15 minutes for the popcorn to return to room temperature. (Or you can pop it in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the process.)
This is OBVIOUSLY something I can get behind. ;)
Ali this sound incredible! I love mexican so I will love this popcorn!! I ned to try it!
Those trips sound amazing!! Love this spicy/sweet combo.
You have had a crazy week! This looks wonderful to relax with
I need this in my life!!!
Sounds like you had an amazing time in foodie heaven! This popcorn looks sensational!
I am so glad that you had a wonderful trip(s)! Can I just tell you how excited I am to see you in a few weeks! And this popcorn, major!
So glad you had a fun time in SA! I was spoiled with great Tex-Mex growing up there, and it’s always fun to hear about someone visiting all the delicious places I love!
Yum! I love chocolate paired with spices. I am all for salty sweet snacks with a bit of a kick, so I definitely need to give this a try this week!
That popcorn could very well be the best looking popcorn I have ever seen!!
This sounds so good Ali! Love that chocolate and spice combination. So addictive!
This stuff wouldn’t last an hour in my house! Love the chili powder and cayenne!
I love this creative twist! And I can’t wait to hear about your adventures of the past week!!
I have been thinking about this popcorn ever since I saw your tweet this morning. Now that I’ve seen the photos, it’s unlikely that I’ll stop thinking about it until I make a batch.
This popcorn sounds amazing!
This popcorn is a rockstar, Ali! It needs to be at our next movie night – for sure!
Seriously?! This is the best popcorn recipe! I’m loving the spices and of course, the chocolate!
This popcorn looks so addictive, love that you spiced it up!
This is such a fun flavor combination!
This looks so good! I could eat a huge bowl!
Wow! I love these flavors :) this is so interesting!
Umm, yes, yes, yes. Is there really anything more to say?
This looks seriously good!
You’ve been busy, girl – so much delicious fun! This popcorn looks ahhhhhmazing!!!
This would be so good for family movie night!
I am going to make this tonight for me and my wife’s movie night.