Today is the last PTO meeting of the year. The president traditionally gives a small gift to the Executive Board. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do this year, as I want to do something meaningful but not chintzy but I have ten people to buy for, so I refuse to go all out.

I came up with what I hope is a brilliant solution. And if they don’t like it, then I’m going to eat it myself. Ta da!

I made chocolate drizzled popcorn. YUM! (Not that I sampled any myself, of course.) And totally easy. I’m now debating doing the same thing for teacher gifts at the end of the year since we have a teacher, two aides, and three to four therapists per child, which gets awfully expensive. Oh, plus two bus drivers per child. Yep, I think we’re going down this road.

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

Ingredients:
Olive oil
Popcorn kernals
Salt
Chocolate melting discs

Directions:
First, make your popcorn. I use the largest metal bowl I can find — thank you IKEA, btw. I follow the Alton Brown methodology, and boy does it make good and easy popcorn.

Pour just enough oil in the bottom of the bowl to cover it, then add kernals atop it. Cover the bowl with tin foil, and poke some holes in it. Turn the stove on to medium/medium high, and start shaking. Shake, shake, shake until it all stops popping.

Immediately add just enough salt to taste. If you do it while the popcorn is hot, it sticks better without being overly salty. You can, of course, stop here, but ummm go for the best part.

Lay the popcorn on the nonstick surface in a thin layer, like a sil pat or waxed paper. While it is cooling (you want the popcorn to be cool when you put the chocolate on it), melt the chocolate over low heat in a heavy pan (I love my little Le Creuset) or double boiler.

Use a spatula to scoop up just a little of the chocolate, and then drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. You’ll need to shake the spatula like you’re trying to get dust off a rug to get the last of the chocolate off it, but that also makes for the best drizzles. Doing small bits of chocolate at a time works best, not that I’d know!

If you get clumps of chocolate, no worries. Just use your spatula to mix up the popcorn, distributing the chocolate. You can put on as much or as little chocolate as you like. You can also mix white and regular chocolates to make it extra fancy. Since it was 10:30 last night before I was halfway done, I declined to do this.

Fingers crossed that everyone on the PTO likes my: The PTO is just a hard kernel with promise without you. Your energy and life make it burst open with opportunity, turning it into a special sweet treat for all the students there. What do you think?

And of course, as always go check out this week’s Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Blessed With Grace!

Enjoy!

    Comments

  • Megryansmom


    Amazing! You can make popcorn outside the microwave!?!?! Looks absolutely yummy.

  • Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short)


    What a wonderful idea for a gift! Looks delish!

    Happy Tempt My Tummy Tuesday!

  • shopannies


    tasted this after it was made with vanilla almond bark

  • septembermom


    Great gift idea! I’m sure everyone will be happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • KCShipe


    My mouth started watering at the title!
    Lovely gift idea! I think I’m going to add melted peanut butter too and call it Reeses Popcorn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa@BlessedwithGrace


    I love the salty and the sweet together. Sometimes, I will drop handful of m&m's into a bowl of popcorn. That is my quick solution to the salt/sweet craving.

  • gingerrwade


    Easy and fun! Yummm!
    Ginger

  • Brenda


    Looks great. I enjoyed the popcorn demonstration.

  • Swishy


    Yummmmmmmmy! I want some ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cookie


    Wow! That does look yummy. I need to join your PTO!

  • Roxane


    Oh that looks so good! Can’t wait to be able to eat popcorn again!

  • Ryan Ashley Scott


    YUM! My favorite popcorn is chocolate & carmel drizzled… now I have a clue how to make it! I bet the PTO people went crazy for it.

  • Michelle


    Megryansmom – Why yes… yes, you can ๐Ÿ™‚ And it tastes so much better!

    JAM – They seemed pretty happy with it… and a couple of the teachers seemed jealous, so I may go that route for end of year gifts.

    shopannies – Yeah… I need to take more time and drizzle the white stuff on it, too. Next time!

    septembermom – It's food, who isn't happy with food?

    KCShipe – Uhhh, go for it. I'll let the peanut butter be your special trick ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lisa – Yep, salty and sweet rocks. I LOVE the idea of M&Ms. I may have to try that one day. Soon.

    ginger – I'm all about the easy and fun and yum. It's the trifecta.

    Brenda – Alton Brown rocks. He's my favorite food guy. And only partly because of the geeky explanations behind everything that I love.

    Swishy – Well, move closer and I might share ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cookie – Hey, we've got openings on the exec board. The commute might kill you though….

    Roxane – It is delish! Here's hoping that tooth heals soon.

    RAS – Now you can make it yourself! I love figuring out those secrets.

  • Heather


    Popcorn is always a great gift! I make caramel corn at Christmas for my Grandpa and Uncle-in-law, and they LOVE it! I drizzle chocolate on it too and throw in some nuts!

    I think I’ll have to try making it in a bowl tonight, popcorn sounds good.

  • H F W


    This might be the first recipe I make June 8, which is the day my braces are scheduled to come off! Yay popcorn! Mmmm, chocolate popcorn.

  • Michelle


    Heather – I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn’t like caramel corn. Or nuts. I may add some caramel to the batch for the teachers though — good call!

    Hyacynth – Only a few more weeks, and yes, popcorn would make a great first treat! And chocolate popcorn even more so….

  • Angela


    Yum! This is an awesome idea – great job! I love stuff that makes enough for a crowd (especially for gift-giving purposes) – and I love popcorn!

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