This amazing chocolate covered popcorn is my “go-to” edible gift! Our sweet friend Anita taught me this recipe about 15 years ago – the fact that I make it for every PTA luncheon, teacher gift occasion, and family holiday after all these years speaks for how totally wonderful this treat tastes…
Anita’s Almond Bark Popcorn
- 1 Package White Almond Bark Chocolate Coating (24 oz.)
- 3 Bags Natural Microwave Popcorn (Regular sized, not Mini Bags, and Lightly Salted is OK if that’s all you can find at your local store)
- Wax Paper, torn in 3 long strips for letting Almond Bark Coating dry
- Pop all three bags of popcorn according to your microwave settings and power. When popped, open the bags, and let the popcorn cool completely. Put one bag of popcorn in a large bowl to mix first. (I go through the following steps three times so that my mixing bowl doesn’t get so full that I can’t stir.)
- Melt 2 or 3 Almond Bark blocks in a microwave safe bowl by heating 30 seconds, stirring, and heating another 30 seconds, stirring…until melted. The blocks will fool you by holding their form even when soft, so be careful not to burn it (like I have before…)
- When coating is pourable, drizzle it over the cooled popcorn in the mixing bowl. Stir until the coating is spread evenly and the popcorn is well-covered.
- Spread the chocolate covered popcorn onto a strip of wax paper to dry completely. At this point, I always try to take out as many kernels as possible so that my gift recipients don’t break a tooth…
- After the coating is dry, re-break the popcorn chunks into small, bite-sized bits. When all three bags of popcorn are covered and dry, you can package it in lots of super cute ways: in a seasonal bowl, holiday tins, treat bags with a colorful ribbon, or my favorite: a glass hurricane with a huge bow tied at the base.