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July 5, 2011

Don’t just Caramel coat it, get the Chocolate out as well…

Filed under: Blogging & Writing,FOOD,LIFE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m often inspired by posts from other bloggers. One such, Nic, from http://www.cherrapeno.com/  is a friend from my days as a Recipezaar member (now Food.com)  and I enjoy reading her foodie posts a lot.

Way back in February f this year, Nic posted about some chocolate covered caramel popcorn: http://www.cherrapeno.com/2011/02/wordless-wednesday-chocolate-covered.html   and I got curious, so I emailed her and asked if there was a recipe, because I wanted to make it as a surprise for Kiwi Daughter’s Birthday Party.

It turns out this while you can make your own caramel to cover your popcorn, that in the United Kingdom there is a company that produces it for sale ready-popped-and-coated, so  Nic was kind enough to mail me some. (Three packets in fact).

I did aspire to making the super-cute little individual balls  as Nic had done in her blog post photo, but my literal pain of a foot has been giving me grief in recent months and my concentration levels have been around floor level, so I decided to take the short-cut lazy route improvise instead.

My method was simple in the extreme:

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Melt some milk chocolate on a double boiler,  let it cool just a little, pour in the caramel popcorn, mix well and then press the coated mass as evenly and carefully as possible into a sponge roll tin lined with greaseproof paper.

Put into the fridge to set and break into chunks for the party.

Himself is not a lover of popcorn, well, I now need to rephrase this .. he was not a lover of popcorn but it appears that he is responsible for the strangely frequent sounds of the fridge door opening and closing as he kept going back  “for just one more piece“.

It’s also a little bewildering that whilst this is indeed sweet, it’s only a fraction as sweet as I would have expected from a caramel/chocolate combination, so it disappeared in a day and a quarter. Yep the whole tray!

Directly after making this a “certain someone” in our house  decided that he needed to resume his regular runs (there had been a period of hiatus as renovations and work took over) so it didn’t take any degree of sleuthing skills to determine who helped polish it off so quickly.

I still have the last bag of caramel popcorn in the cupboard, and am delighted to know that  I can make this again quickly and easily for the next Birthday party coming up soon.

When I’m back on my feet and have the energy to stand stirring caramel, I will try again with a “from scratch” recipe but in the meantime, this one is very much a hit,  albeit a very decadent one indeed.  Many Thanks indeed  Nic for the popcorn, ( Kiwi Daughter loves you!) and the surprise that turned out to be a very popular Birthday party treat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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