Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pot 'o Gold Popcorn

 
My dad instilled in me a great love for popcorn.  He'll pass up sweets, cookies, cakes in favor of a big ol' bowl of salty, crunchy popcorn.  Don't even mention microwave popcorn in his presence.  It's just not done.

So, popcorn makes me happy.  Popcorn with GOLD and CHOCOLATE makes me very happy.
{I'm sure dad would prefer his plain, but hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.}

First, you'll need some gold "buttons."  I found mine at Fancy Flours after seeing this beautiful Sprinkle Bakes post.  I needed them.

Here's what they look like on the inside:
They're basically a gold m&m.  Very, very fancy.

 {It's so fluffy!!!}

You'll also need popcorn.  FRESHLY POPPED popcorn.  We'll be adding butter and salt, so if you do use microwave popcorn...
    A. don't tell my dad,
    B. omit the butter and salt.

After you pop the popcorn and toss it with the melted butter and salt, you'll lay it out on cookie sheets.

Then you'll drizzle on melted chocolate....sigh.

{I tempered some bittersweet chocolate here (more on that in another post), but feel free to use chocolate candy melts or almond bark.}

Then, you add the gold.
{I know, I know...there are 3 pictures of these buttons...they're just so PRETTY!!!}


Voila!  Pot o' Gold Popcorn!  Perfect for your leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day!!!  
{The popcorn looks really pretty in little bowls or ramekins for a party, and is best served the same day it is made. It can be stored in baggies for 3-4 days; the popcorn will just lose a little of its crunch.}


Pot o' Gold Popcorn

ingredients:

10 cups freshly popped popcorn
2 TBSP salted butter, melted
3/4 tsp. coarse salt
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate (candy melts or almond bark)
2 oz. gold buttons (or yellow M&Ms)

instructions:

Toss the popcorn with the melted butter and salt.  Spread onto 2 cookie sheets.

Melt or temper the chocolate (I used tempered chocolate here).

Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn.  Sprinkle on the gold buttons.

Let the popcorn sit until the chocolate has set.  Gently break into chunks and pieces.


58 comments:

  1. O.k how DARLING & delicious is that?? We are huge popcorn fans as well! And *only* stovetop popcorn will do! And I've just got to say...this is the cutest popcorn I've seen!

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  2. This just magnificent. I love the flavor combination and the 'gold' is beautiful!

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  3. Wonderful... pretty.

    My dad loved popcorn too. In the days before cell phones, when the Sears store still had a candy counter smack in the middle of it. If he wondered off (which was his habit), we could always find him getting popcorn. Ah... memories.

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    1. Oh, the Sears candy counter!!! That just brought back LOTS of good memories! PS...my dad *worked* for Sears!

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  4. I NEED those gold buttons too!! I think I may have a Fancy Flour addiction, they're going to start knowing me on a first name basis :$

    Delicious popcorn too :)

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  5. Yummy and festive! I have been known to sprinkle M&Ms in my popcorn...Mmm, salty, crunchy, chocolaty, goodness!

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  6. That is just too much fun! The gold is such a fun touch!

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  7. I love popcorn, and love chocolate! This looks my perfect snack! And how cute are those little gold candies!! Awesome!

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  8. Oh my popcorn addicted five year old will simply love this! And now that we moved to Utah from California I can actually buy the gold candies! Thank you so much for the great idea!

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  9. This is amazing. I love it! Hoping to resist the urge to place a Fancy Flours order though... I love that you went all out and tempered the chocolate. I suppose that would be good practice for me, since anything that calls for tempered chocolate deters me.

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  10. You always come up with the best popcorn recipes. Love the gold chocolate filled candies.

    Hoping your Dad's arm has healed perfectly!

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  11. Well this is just the prettiest and most beautiful popcorn ever. I am SUCH a popcorn fan; this is RIGHT up my alley!

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  12. Can I just say, I really like your dad?? :) I am a no-microwave popcorn kinda girl myself! And Bridget... this is just GORGEOUS!!! I am so going to order some of those beautiful gold chocolates!

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  13. I love popcorn but I usually eat it plain. That's before I saw this. How decadently delicious this looks. I have no idea where to find the gold chocolate but it's just beautiful.

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  14. Mmm this is beautiful! Love those gold candies!

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  15. It looks so fancy! Tasty, too, of course!

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  16. OMG this looks so good. The gold candies are awesome, thank you for sharing the link. These candies will look perfect on a cake.

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  17. You've struck gold! I love this popcorn! ..now i've got to have some of those gold buttons. :)

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  18. Oh how fun is this?! Popcorn never looked so high class :)

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  19. Yes please!!! I just love those gold balls of deliciousness!

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  20. Oh my goodness -- I'm not altogether sure that 3 photos of those gorgeous buttons was enough! They are SO pretty and such a FUN addition to the popcorn!!

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  21. Seriously so much fun! I want some of those gold buttons!!

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  22. Oh my gosh! That is really beautiful. I love the gold..and I know just the right person to make this for!

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  23. Awww, this looks so tasty! I can't wait to have popcorn again! (Had a colon resection...will have colon reconstruction soon.)

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  24. I just heard something on NPR about popcorn variations becoming very HOT. This looks like something Nana needed at her St. Patrick's Day parties..........or what any St. Patrick's Day party needs.

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  25. I JUST love this Bridget!! those gold buttons are awesome!!

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  26. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest idea! I HAVE to make this for my kids on St. Paddy's Day. As for popcorn, I totally agree with your dad!

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  27. I think this popcorn would look cute in a black cupcake liner or some other cup that resembles the black cauldron you would typically see at the end of the rainbow! There're probably even little black cauldrons out there somewhere :)

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  28. Never before have I seen such gorgeous looking popcorn! How fabulous are those gold buttons?! Work well done!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  29. This popcorn is both adorable and elegant at the same time. Love it.

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  30. YES! The bedazzled popcorn I've been waiting for!!! I mean, Pot-o-gold popcorn.
    I want fancy M&M's in every color. And with sparkles too. Oh my gosh, do they make them with sparkles... I'm going to look right now.

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  31. This is SO beautiful!! I'm definitely going to make that.

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  32. I went to the website to order the gold buttons. In the description, it says the while they "are safe to eat, they should be removed before serving because of the real metal coating."
    Hmmmm. I'm assuming you probably shouldn't eat a ton of those!

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  34. Hello! :D I just mentioned you (and your divine royal icing decorated cookies) as an inspiration on my new blog, Sugar and Spice and Everything Sparkly! Thank you for being amazing.

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  35. These look delicious and beautiful!!!

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  36. Wow thats truly a treat to the eyes. Looks awesome!

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  37. Love this, Bridget! It's so unique yet has an appealing simplicity and flair to it. Um...the gold candy? Off I go to buy that! This looks delicious! xo

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  38. This sounds so good! I LOVE the gold candy...so fancy and unique!

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  39. What an adorable idea! Before I go shelling out upwards of six bucks for two ounces of candy, though, I'm going to try my new can of Wilton gold spray on some ordinary m&m's. I'm thinking it'll have a more matte effect than the Fancy Flours version, but that's ok with me!

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  40. Leprechaun popcorn! I love it. OK, OK so it's a pot of gold popcorn but I can imagine a cheeky leprechaun stealing it and chuckling as he runs away, lol.

    Also, just wanted to let you know I hit you up with a link to your blog from my blog. I've been subscribed to your blog for a couple of weeks now and it's become on of my faves. So, definitely link worthy!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  41. This is a fantastic idea! I'd make this even when it's not St. Patrick's Day :)

    "Happy Cooking"

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  42. Popcorn with gold and chocolate makes me super happy too!

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  43. oooohhhh I need to find these candies!!! Looks gorgeous!

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  44. Hey happen to reach your space and feel woww...so cute pot of gold :) loved it and m sure kids will love it too...happy to follow you from here on .....

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  45. Those photos make the popcorn look even more amazing. Excellent post.

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  46. Love the font used in the title pop of popcorn. What font is that? thanks!

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  47. oh yum oh yum oh yum!!! Just discovered your blog from Eat Your Books. Looks fabulous!! and I love the fancy buttons and want this popcorn NOW! :)

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  48. This looks amazing! I love the colors though. Perfect for an Oscar Party Coming up this weekend! I just had to blog about it! www.blovelyevents.com

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  49. Have to drizzle some caramel topping over it, too!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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