Spicy Chocolate Popcorn

I already mentioned a couple of weeks ago how I am addicted to Joanne Fluke's baking murder mysteries. Well, I am almost finished with the whole series and I only have a few books left. Last weekend I was browsing internet and I stumbled upon Joanne's Facebook page where there was a post about a TV movie created based on this series. 

I love watching movies based on books. I have to say, that at least half of the time movies are less interesting and quite disappointing than the books, but I keep watching and hoping for something good. After a quick search it turned out that this TV movie is easily available on YouTube and I decided that there's no better time to watch it than right now. I started by looking at a few trailers and then I realized that I must (must!!!!) have some kind of sweet snack while watching this movie. I mean, the main character is a baker, she brings cookies everywhere she goes, the trailer showed her baking delicious desserts. Not having a snack while watching this would be like going to a buffet restaurant hungry and not eating there. 

I know, it would be more fitting to have made something from Joanne's recipes, but I did not feel like making cookies. I needed something sweet, quick and long lasting and I knew just the thing! I made this a few months ago for a Chocolate Dinner I hosted and it was spectacular - Spicy Chocolate Popcorn!

Light and airy, crunchy popcorn, drizzled with sweet melted chocolate with a spicy kick from cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt. How satisfying is that? Well, very satisfying (for those people who love sweet and salty together, of course)!

Spicy Chocolate Popcorn - light and airy popcorn, drizzled with melted chocolate with a spicy kick from cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Spicy Chocolate Popcorn

Coconut oil - around 1 tablespoon (20 g) *
Popcorn - 1/2 cup *
Semi sweet chocolate chips - 35 g
Cayenne pepper - 1/2 teaspoon **
Sea salt - 1/8 teaspoon
  • Place pot on stove and turn the heat to medium. Add coconut oil and let it melt.
  • Add popcorn to the oil, place folded paper towel on top of the pot and cover with lid. Paper town will absorb the oil splatter and will make the popcorn making a bit quieter.
  • Keep the pot on medium heat shaking occasionally. After about 3-4 minutes corn will start popping.
  • Keep it on the burner until the popping stops.
  • Meanwhile melt chocolate, add cayenne pepper and stir. If chocolate is not liquid enough, add about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of oil.
  • Split made popcorn into two bowls. Leave one plain for snacking.
  • Add salt to spicy chocolate, quickly mix and drizzle over popcorn little by little.
  • Mix popcorn with spoon between additions of chocolate.
  • Repeat until all chocolate is drizzled over popcorn and mixed in.

* This makes double batch of popcorn, since I always prefer to make more and keep snacking on it, than making less. But you can halve the amount of oil and popcorn if you'd like.
** This was very spicy!!! So, perhaps 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne would be better for someone who is not into spicy foods. I must say that the first few handfuls of this popcorn brought tears to my eyes, but by the end I just wanted to have more and more and did not feel the heat.
- You'll notice I added salt just before adding chocolate to popcorn. You don't want the salt to melt into the chocolate, you want sweet-spicy chocolate with grains of salt - that's the key!
- You can use more chocolate too, I just didn't have more at home.

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Posted on June 8, 2015 and filed under Recipe.