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White Chocolate Pumpkin Popcorn!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
 

 

I made pumpkin popcorn many weeks ago as the Fall spirit starting to set in. When it was complete I couldn’t help but think it still needed something more, that it still needed tweaking. I knew I would spend more time on this recipe when I had some time! Honestly there are probably many things you can do with the basic pumpkin popcorn recipe but I know one of MY favorite seasonal treats to make is chocolate popcorn. Yes, this recipe would be perfect for that! That is what I did, WHITE chocolate in fact!

So here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Coating Mix (Combine all ingredients lised below in a bowl until well incorporated):

  • 3 tablespoons Pumpkin Powder (not pie spice – purchase online if not available in available in your local stores – see product link at bottom of post)
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg (I grated my own)

You will also need:

  • 1 XL Bag of buttered popcorn.
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips for the second part of this recipe!

Pop the XL bag of buttered microwave popcorn as directed on the package (you can use a regular sized bag but you will have lots of excess coating mix fall to the bottom). While the popcorn is still hot, open the bag and dump the pumpkin coating mixture (prepared as instructed above) in. Hold the bag shut carefully and shake to coat the popcorn with the mixture. It is important that the popcorn is hot so the coating will stick. Allow the popcorn to cool. You have pumpkin popcorn! Yum!

Now for the white chocolate!

Spread your popcorn out in a single layer on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Melt one cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave as instructed on the package. When the chocolate is well melted use a fork to drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn generously. Place your cookie sheets in the refrigerator for several minutes so that the chocolate will harden. Your popcorn is ready for eating!

Bring your popcorn back to room temperature and store in an airtight container! Enjoy!

Sorry, no lunches today! The children are on a brief hiatus from school due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Don’t worry, lunches will be back soon!

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Pirates and Pumpkins Oh My!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012
 

Yesterday’s Talk Like a Pirate Day hop was so exciting! Thank you to all who joined us. If you haven’t yet, you can complete the hop and enter for the Bento Booty Treasure before Midnight on Sunday, September 23rd (2012)!

Today, however, is all about pumpkins!

On a recent shopping excursion my little guy Trevor talked me into buying some pumpkin food picks. They are the disposable types (which I don’t buy a lot of) but I thought it would be fun to have a few seasonal picks. Plus they were only a dollar! I have plans to make some pumpkin foods within the next week so I am sure I will find a way to use these!

I figured I would throw a few pumpkin items into Brendan’s lunch today for fun! It is a beautiful, sunny Fall day here in New England so why not? His lunch is packed in my brand new Lunchbots Trio. I love this container! His lunch includes:

  • Fresh Fruit (Grapes, Mango and cucumbers)
  • Crunchies (Banana chips and Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies) in pumpkin silicon cups.
  • Pizza rolls (made with Crescent rolls, pureed veggies in pizza sauce and mozzarella stick cheese) and there you have it, a pumpkin pick!
  • Horizon Organic Vanilla Milk

 

Speaking of pumpkin foods I decided to try an experiment with pumpkin flavored popcorn. I have a tradition of making different types of popcorn during the holiday season and have some new ideas I am excited to try for this year! I made my first batch today and it came out pretty good!

First create a pumpkin sprinkle for the popcorn by mixing the following:

  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 & 1/2  tablespoons of powdered pumpkin (I had a hard time finding this locally and ordered it online)
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (or make your own using all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)

Then melt and have standing by 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter!

Next microwave a bag of unbuttered salted popcorn (you could use buttered but we are adding some anyway).

When finished transfer immediately (while hot) to a gallon size slider lock (or zip lock) bag.

Add the melted butter and then the sprinkle.

Seal the bag and shake to mix until well coated! All done!

You can experiment with the ingredients in the sprinkle mix to find the flavor that you like! I think next time I might add some cinnamon coated nuts and drizzle (not coat) with white chocolate. I’m crazy like that! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it!

Sincerely,

Deb

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