Well, finger food season has arrived!
Football games, holiday parties, movie nights . . .
And our cute friend Ashton from Something Swanky has just released the perfect cookbook that will give you all the recipes that you need for every finger-food snack occasion: Party Popcorn!
We have known Ashton for a couple of years now and even though she lives on the east coast, we have had the chance to meet in person a couple of times and you will never meet a more kind and genuine person. When we heard that she was publishing a cookbook, we got our hands on it as soon as we could! With over 75 amazing recipes for popcorn, there is something for everyone: healthy twists , sweet tooth fixes, and savory combinations. Party Popcorn takes gourmet popcorn to a whole new level, but Ashton makes it easy with her simple to follow and understand recipes.
After oohing and aahing over all the recipes in the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this one: Muddy Buddy Popcorn. I love Muddy Buddies . . . seriously, how have I never thought of adding popcorn to the mix? The finished product is absolutely amazing! The best part- I was able to throw it together in less than 10 minutes, from start to finish. That is my kind of treat!
(Congratulations on your book, Ashton!!! We are so proud of you!!)
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (you could also use milk chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.
- Place the powdered sugar in a resealable gallon-sized bag.
- In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, cooking for 30 second intervals and stirring after each interval until the chocolate and peanut butter combination is completely smooth (mine was completely melted after 90 seconds, but it will depend on your microwave). Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour melted chocolate over the popcorn and mix with a large rubber spatula until it completely coats each piece of popcorn.
- Carefully spoon the popcorn into the resealable bag (I promise that it will all fit). Zip the bag closed and shake until all the popcorn is coated with the powdered sugar.
- Once the popcorn is coated, pour into a large bowl and serve. If you have any leftovers, store in an airtight container for up to two days (I doubt it will last that long!). :)
Large Mixing Bowl