How to Make Chocolate-Covered Popcorn

By Katherine Macropoulos

You can't go wrong with chocolate-covered popcorn—it satisfies a craving for a crunchy snack and dessert all in one. But this gourmet offering usually isn't cheap. Save a few bucks and cook up your own batch; it also makes a lovely hostess or birthday gift.

Chocolate covered popcorn
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Chocolate covered popcorn

Pop the Popcorn

Step 1

Add a thin layer of vegetable oil to a large pot over medium heat. Pour kernels into the pot (1/2 cup of kernels yields approximately 16 cups of popcorn). To make kettle corn, add white or brown sugar to the oil.

Step 2

Cover the pot with a lid and lift it above the heat. Shake the pot continuously to keep the kernels from burning. After the popping sound slows to between 2- and 3-second intervals, remove the pot from the stove.

Step 3

Transfer the popcorn into a large bowl and let it cool. Stir the sweetened kettle corn occasionally to break up any clumps.

Melt the Chocolate

Step 1

Fill a saucepan with 1 inch of water and set it on medium heat. Let the water come to a simmer but do not boil.

Step 2

Place small chocolate pieces or chips into a dry glass or metal bowl.

Step 3

Cradle the bowl over the simmering water in the saucepan; stir gently until the chocolate melts about halfway. Remove it from the heat and continue to stir until it melts completely.

Drizzle the Chocolate

Step 1

Pour the melted chocolate onto the cooled popcorn and use a dry mixing spoon to gently toss the chocolate and popcorn together.

Step 2

Cut one or several pieces of parchment paper large enough to accommodate the popcorn.

Step 3

Pour the chocolate-coated popcorn onto the parchment paper, spreading it out in one layer. Set the popcorn aside and let it cool and harden.