Cocoa Dusted Popcorn

I love popcorn. I promised I would share some of my popcorn concoctions so here’s the first one! Yesterday, like every day, I was CRAVING chocolate but had none in my apartment. I do, however, have cocoa powder and a rather imaginative mind.

I discovered something amazing- Honey Powder. Ok, so you probably have never heard of honey powder and neither did I until I started working at a cooking school. It is literally honey in powder form and can be added to anything to sweeeten it without losing texture or changing the consistency too much. I order mine online in bulk from www.spicesage.com because 1) It’s a good deal and 2) It’s so tasty! The honey powder in this recipe acts as the sweetener for the most part and the best part — no sticky fingers from honey.

If you are going to make popcorn at home, I BEG OF YOU to do it yourself and I PROMISE it will turn out better than any microwave popcorn out there. Plus, you don’t need any fancy materials– just a regular pot with a top. You’ll have to buy the popcorn seeds but then you can customize the flavor however you want. Have a picky family? Make a big pot, split it into separate bowls, then each person can make their own popcorn. Add cheese powder, butter and salt, cocoa powder, lemon zest…. I mean seriously, anything….

 

Cocoa Dusted Popcorn

Pot (doesn’t matter what size, it just depends on how much you want to eat)
Canola or vegetable oil
Popcorn Seeds
2 tablespoons of butter melted with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar — the reason behind this is so that the sugar can somewhat melt so that the sugar doesn’t all fall to the bottom
1-2 tablespoons of both honey powder and unsweetened cocoa powder — see below for information on honey powder

1. Start with a COLD pot. DO NOT heat the pot before you start cooking your popcorn– this is the secret! Pour enough popcorn seeds in the bottom of the pot until it is just covered. Then, pour enough oil in the pot until the seeds are coated. You might want to start with just a little bit and swirl the pot around and if not all of the seeds are coated, then add more. Cover the pot and set on medium high. When you hear the popcorn starting to pop, DON’T turn the heat down. Listen for when the kernels begin to stop popping and take off head immediately.

2. Dump all of the popcorn into a large bowl and add the butter/sugar, honey powder, and cocoa powder. The best tool in the kitchen is your hands so get dirty and mix that popcorn with them! Make sure that you are tasting as you mix. You might find that you want more cocoa or honey powder to balance out the flavors. You can even sprinkle in some salt, cayenne, cinnamon, or more sugar!

OH EM GEE …so good

 

**Note on honey powder!

Ok, so you probably have never heard of honey powder and neither did I until I started working at a cooking school. It is literally honey in powder form and can be added to anything to sweeeten it without losing texture or changing the consistency too much. I order mine online in bulk from www.spicesage.com because 1) It’s a good deal and 2) It’s so tasty!
The honey powder in this recipe acts as the sweetener for the most part. It might be tricky to find the balance between how much cocoa to honey powder to ensure that it is not bitter, but just keep adding little by little if need be.

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