My sister is currently sugar free (and I hope to be joining her as soon as all my crazy travel is over for the quarter--it was too hard to figure out during), but before she went off legal crack we had fun experimenting with dessert popcorn.
One of her thrifted Christmas gifts this year was an air popper. And it's been wonderful to have popcorn in the evenings while watching TV or a movie.
But there there is something that makes popcorn even better. Toppings! Here are two sweet versions we came up with.
Salted Caramel Popcorn
Drizzle popcorn with softened homemade caramel (ours was a gift from our mom, but I'll try to post a recipe soon), sprinkle with a little sea salt, mix lightly, and enjoy. The key to this dish is to not overheat the caramel so it doesn't immediately harden. You want it to be soft and sticky, not a big block. Also, we found it easier to mix the ingredients by the bowl.
Muddy Buddy (or Puppy Chow) Popcorn
This was a play of the Chex cereal treat. I melted chocolate chips, peanut butter, and a little vanilla in the microwave, 1 minute at a time and stirring in between. Then I poured the mixture over the popcorn, mixed until evenly coated, and topped with powdered sugar. We did a big batch of this at once and took it with us to Hunger Games in the theater.
The caramel option is great for a quick fix. And who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter. What other winning combinations can you think of?