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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn & Pretzels | Easy No-Bake Gift

Last year Emma and I made White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods with Sprinkles for her friends at school.  It was such a fun and simple, no-prep project for us that took less than an hour from start to finish.  This year, I wanted to do something similar, but incorporate her favorite food in the entire world - popcorn.  Or Pah-Corn, as she would say.  I had no idea how much toddlers love popcorn.  Apparently they are obsessed with it in her class. 

We both loved making this project.  I let Emma be in charge and she worked hard at piling the sheet pans with popcorn and pretzels, then drizzled the melted chocolate.  She was very proud!

I packaged them (during naptime...) using :

Large Cello Bags ($14.50 for 20)
- Kraft Rectangle Printable Labels ($6 for 60).
- Download Popcorn Label Template, here.

I have uploaded the PDF of this "Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn & Pretzels" Label, here, for downloading so you can print at home.  The labels come in a creamy white circles or rectangles, too.

I'm sure you've all seen "Moose Munch" out there - popcorn dressed up with chocolate, caramel, nuts, etc.  I simplified our version and made it with Skinny Pop Popcorn (Costco!) added pretzels and drizzled it with melted milk chocolate, then a sprinkling of Sea Salt.  We left out the peanuts because there are a couple of allergic kids in her class.  

It is the perfect salty & sweet snack to keep around for the holidays - would look great dumped into a bowl for cocktail time, or if friends drop by.  And, of course, it is nice to have a treat that the kids (and adults) will go crazy for (addicting!) that isn't completely made out of sugar.

Here is what the labels look like printed out.  I recommend doing a test page before you print on the labels in case you need to adjust them a little.  I like to use the rectangles vertically for projects like these

Again, you can download the PDF of the Label, here.

This bag to the right was a Medium Cello Bag (vs. the Large in the first photo).  It is a really nice size, too, and I will use these for our gifts.  The bigger bags work great for family size... in fact, I may even use the Small Size Cello bag for Emma's classmates. 

Chocolate Drizzled 
Popcorn & Pretzels

- Popcorn (we used Skinny Pop, but any will work - thinking of using Kettle Corn next time)
- Pretzels
- Milk Chocolate Chips (you Dark fans out there can use Dark Chips)
- Sea Salt

Spread the popcorn and pretzels in a sheet pan.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, then stir, then repeat for 30 seconds until melted - maybe takes total of 1.5 minutes.  Sprinkle the sea salt over the drizzled chocolate.  Let the chocolate harden after drizzling on popcorn for a couple of hours, or it will make the bags messy.

Hard at work!

: )

While the chocolate was hardening...

She discovered her chocolate beard in the mirror.  She really looks like her Dad in this picture!

Let them dry for a couple of hours, or the chocolate will be messy when you bag them up.  

1 comment:

  1. Vivianna5:03 PM

    Very nice idea Jenny! Do you know how long they last?tnx


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