I've been thinking about making dark chocolate popcorn for some time now. My husband and I have come up with some pretty delicious savory popcorn creations but I always have trouble convincing him to take the sweet route. At least that's the case beforehand.
Because, unsurprisingly, he has no problem digging his hand into a big bowl of chocolate popcorn once the popping is finished...over and over again. I'm all for savory snacks but people, let's also appreciate that popcorn is even better with chocolate. (Like most things.)
I love this dark chocolate popcorn because it's (sneakily) wholesome and nutritious. A lot of people forget that popcorn is a whole grain but it's true! Like most whole grains, popcorn is a high fiber food that aids digestions and helps us feel more satisfied.
Chocolate, hazelnuts, and coconut add tons of rich and satisfying flavor and extra fats for an even bigger satiety boost (and a healthy plant-based dessert that won't leave you stuck with a jittery sugar rush right before bedtime.)
I can't tell you how happy I am that I finally tossed some cacao powder into our popcorn mix...I can already tell that the base of this recipe (simply popcorn, coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, and salt) is something that I'll be making over and over again around here.
My mind is already racing with more ideas for flavorings...maybe some cayenne...or leftover trick or treat candy?(!)
Right before bedtime is my favorite time to eat this chocolate popcorn but it'd be great anytime of the day. I could even see it tossed over oatmeal in the morning or packed in your backpack for your next hike or day trip.
So even if you think you're all savory and spice, shake things up with a walk on the sweet side.
Dark Chocolate Dessert Popcorn
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil divided
- ¼ cup popcorn kernels unpopped
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted if desired
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large pot, add popcorn kernels, and cover. Shake pot occasionally as kernels pop to promote even popping. Once all kernels have popped, remove pot from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Allow to cool and dry slightly before serving or store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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