With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve breaking out everything Valentine themed! One recipe I enjoy making is my Valentine Popcorn Munch! Only difference is this year I had a little helper in the kitchen, and for eating the “munch”. I did do the process a little differently this year than previous times, which I’ll explain more later.
Bag of microwave popcorn
3 tbsp of butter
1.5 cups of mini marshmallows
4 tbsp of Strawberry Jello mix
1 bag of chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
Place the butter in a saucepan with the heat set on low. Slowly stir the mini marshmallows into the melting butter. You don’t have to let the marshmallows completely melt, but just so that they soften. Stir in the jello mix to give the mix the pink color! Now here is where I did the recipe a little different than normal. In previous years, I have the popcorn spread out in a large baking pan and then drizzled the pink mixture on top. This year I have the popcorn in a bowl, poured in the pink mixture, and stirred it with a spoon to make sure the pink coats evenly. I think next year I’ll go back to the drizzling, but I think the process worked fine either way.
Once you have the popcorn coated pink, place it in a baking pan. Pop it in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes at 300 degrees. If the popcorn appears sticky, heating it in the oven will help reduce the stickiness.
As for the chocolate drizzle, I prefer to use dark chocolate chips. However, semi-sweet chips works just fine. Use the directions on the bag to melt 1 cup or less of the chips. Once melted, drizzle on the popcorn as it is laid out in a baking pan. Once you’ve added your chocolate, place the popcorn in the fridge to let the chocolate harden. Keep it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. It may take long depend how much chocolate you used.
After the chocolate is harden, remove the popcorn and serve! You will probably need to break up some of the popcorn has it is has probably stuck together a larger sections. I just place mine in a big bowl for all to share.
Since my family actually prefers when I make the munch with the fat-free SmartPop since the pink mixture and chocolate will give the popcorn a nice sweet flavoring. Since I have quite a sweet tooth, I enjoy creating the munch with Kettle Korn! Either popcorn works, as does some of your regular microwaveable popcorn offerings.
This is the first year I’ve made my Valentine Popcorn Munch for my boy. Needless to say, he enjoyed it! He enjoys popcorn and enjoys chocolate. So I had a hunch he would enjoy the munch. I’m sure he can’t wait for me to make more again as Valentine’s Day is still over 2 weeks away!