For the love of Food :)

Valentines Popcorn

There are three types of people in this world the ones who love Valentines Day, those who hate Valentines Day and those who forget about Valentines Day. I am going to confess something I am the latter, I undoubtedly forget about Valentines Day every year! I don’t know why, but I do. Kate and I often joke that although I look like the girl who would love it and would spend weeks thinking up ideas of what to do, it is in fact Kate who is like that. So because I forget every year Kate gets the same thing a home cooked meal (I always make something a little fancy and special), my social media, emails and phone gets turned off and she gets to pick what movie we will watch. This year I am slightly more prepared and have created a cute popcorn to munch on while snuggling on the couch. This is my Valentines Popcorn, its the perfect combination of sweet and salty popcorn! I actually came up with this sometime ago when I took the kids to watch a movie and Anabelle poured some of her M&Ms in my popcorn, the combination was delicious and I kept that in the back of my mind to pull out on a special occasion. The other great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make that anyone could make it! If you can make popcorn (stove top or microwave) you can make this! So lets get popping!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of already popped popcorn (follow cooking insertions on the back of the popcorn packet)
  • 250g Pink candy melts (you can buy these from most supermarkets in the cake decorating section)
  • 100g Butter
  • 1 Tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Caster sugar to taste
  • 1 Tbs of love heart candy

Method:

1) Cook popcorn according to the instructions on the back of the packet. Divide popcorn into two bowls and set aside until needed.
2) Fill a saucepan with 5cm of water and place over a medium-high heat. Pour the candy melts into a heatproof glass bowl and sit it on the saucepan (if the water touches the bottom of the bowl pour some of it out), making sure that you stir it occasionally so it doesn’t burn or split.
3) Once all the candy melts have melted remove from the heat and pour over one bowl of popcorn. Working quickly toss all the popcorn so it all gets a good coating of the pink candy melts. Next season the pink popcorn with caster sugar, I used 1/2 a tablespoon but this is completely up to you. Start off with a teaspoon and then taste, if you need more sugar add more. Place popcorn in the fridge to help set the candy melts.
4) Place butter and oil in a saucepan over a medium heat to melt the butter. Once the butter has melted take it off the heat and pour over the second bowl of popcorn. Again working quickly toss the popcorn so it gets a good coating of butter. Next season with salt, as with the sweet popcorn season to taste I used 1 tablespoon of salt as I like my popcorn very salty. Start with a teaspoon of salt and then go from there. Place popcorn in the fridge until your ready to serve.
5) When its times to serve the popcorn mix the two flavours together and place in a pretty bowl. I like to use a glass bowl so you get the full effect of the 2 colours then top with the candy hearts. Serve with a glass of pink sparkling and enjoy!

Remember the secret to the perfect dish is to cook with love (and a little va va voom) xx

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