Valentine Popcorn is so fun, and easy to make. This is a fun kitchen activity for the kids, makes a great gift for the teachers. We love popcorn around my house. I use it for a snack in the kids lunches, and the hubby always likes to grab a handful for a treat after dinner.
A few things you will need if you want to make this for a gift. I frequent the Dollar Tree, and find the best items for $1. In fact, sometimes I go a little crazy and leave spending a lot more than $1. I bought this cool circular tin, and the pink tissue paper. The tins come in a few different sizes, and many other style of containers you could use.
There’s a lot of ideas to decorate Valentine Popcorn. I decided to go with 2 colors, (hot pink and red), and the chocolate. Also, you will need the white to stir into the popcorn so it will stick together. This can be a color as well, but I would use a light color, like pale pink.
I must say this was a hit. Not only did I make the tin, I filled these cute little valentines boxes too. They were given as gifts right away, and I received very happy responses. One mom loved it so much that she hid it form the family. Lol, I thought this was hilarious.
- 5 cups popped popcorn salted
- 1/2 cup melted candy melts white
- 2 tablespoons melted candy melts red
- 2 tablespoons melted candy melts bright pink
- 3 tablespoons melted chocolate
- heart sprinkles & assorted
- shortening, or vegatable oil (shortening needs to be melted)
Other items needed: parchment paper, spoons, tissue paper, gift box/bag/or tin.
|Put the popcorn into a large bowl, and set aside.|
|Add the candy melts and chocolate in microwave safe bowls. Microwave 1-2 bowls at a time in 20-30 second intervals. Always stir after each interval. I only melt 1-2 at a time so I can manage them. You definitely don't want them to burn. Melt them until smooth, but may have a few lumps. Just stir until all lumps dissolved.|
|Next you will want to add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, or shortening stirring until well blended. You may need to add more. You will want the candy to still have some thickness, but run off your spoon so you can drizzle.|
|Now you're ready to decorate the popcorn. Pour the white candy melts into the bowl of popcorn, and mix using a large spoon, covering the popcorn.|
|While the popcorn is still wet, pour out onto the parchment paper.Spread out so the popcorn is in one layer.|
|Dip your small spoons into the candy melts and chocolate drizzle over the popcorn until your reach your desired design.|
|While the candy melts and chocolate are still wet, add the sprinkles. This way they will stick.|
|Let dry completely, about 15 minutes. With your hands break it apart into different size pieces.|
|Line your gift box with the colored tissue paper, and place the popcorn inside. Or just eat and enjoy!!|