This is an easy recipe for Chocolate Popcorn Balls. Give this recipe a try. It is sure to please the chocolate lovers in your life.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 stick butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups popcorn
- Over medium heat, using a 4 quart pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, cocoa, and salt and bring to a boil.
- Once the mixture is well mixed, add the popped corn.
- Cook and stir until popcorn is coated, approximately 2 minutes.
- Cool mixture and shape into 3-inch balls.
Potato Skins are a traditional Super Bowl food. Here is a recipe for Grilled Potato Skins to add to your party menu.
- 4 russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and drained
- Boil your potatoes until just cooked – you're grilling these so you want them to be soft enough to prep, but stiff enough to hold up to some more cooking.
- Once ready, slice your potatoes in half, then scoop out the fillings of each slice until you're left with a thin layer of potato on top of the skin.
- Put the potato you've scooped out to the side and brush the skins with a bit of olive oil.
- Place them on a hot grill, face down first. Cook for about a minute, then turn skin side down and fill with your mozzarella and bacon bits evenly. Cook until the cheese has melted and the bottoms have grill marks.
- Remove from the grill, top with scallions garnish and enjoy with sour cream!
Honey Granola is a tasty breakfast treat that can easily be made at home. Granola is often sold in supermarkets in bins but I can't help but wonder how fresh it is sitting in these open bins. I am hesitant to buy granola from the market because of this. Making granola at home is easy and I like the idea of knowing that the ingredients I put in it are healthy and fresh.
This Christmas, for some of my gifts, I am looking for gift ideas that are consumable. Honey Granola packaged in clear bags and tied with a pretty ribbon is a great gift to give at as a grab bag gift or to have on hand for the unexpected guest.
- 6 cups Old-Fashioned Oats (5 minute variety)
- 8 ounces Sliced Almonds
- 1 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 cup Chopped Dried Apricots
- 1 cup Dark-Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 sticks Butter
- 1/2 cup Honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except butter and honey.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt unsalted butter. Stir in honey.
- Pour over oat mixture and toss to distribute.
- Spread granola onto a parchment lined baking pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until oats are toasted and sugar begins to caramelize (35 to 40 minutes).
- Cool completely on pan. Transfer to an airtight container.