Last year Emma and I made White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods with Sprinkles for her friends at school. It was such a fun and simple, no-prep project for us that took less than an hour from start to finish. This year, I wanted to do something similar, but incorporate her favorite food in the entire world - popcorn. Or Pah-Corn, as she would say. I had no idea how much toddlers love popcorn. Apparently they are obsessed with it in her class.
We both loved making this project. I let Emma be in charge and she worked hard at piling the sheet pans with popcorn and pretzels, then drizzled the melted chocolate. She was very proud!
I packaged them (during naptime...) using :
- Large Cello Bags ($14.50 for 20)
- Kraft Rectangle Printable Labels ($6 for 60).
- Download Popcorn Label Template, here.
I have uploaded the PDF of this "Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn & Pretzels" Label, here, for downloading so you can print at home. The labels come in a creamy white circles or rectangles, too.
I'm sure you've all seen "Moose Munch" out there - popcorn dressed up with chocolate, caramel, nuts, etc. I simplified our version and made it with Skinny Pop Popcorn (Costco!) added pretzels and drizzled it with melted milk chocolate, then a sprinkling of Sea Salt. We left out the peanuts because there are a couple of allergic kids in her class.
It is the perfect salty & sweet snack to keep around for the holidays - would look great dumped into a bowl for cocktail time, or if friends drop by. And, of course, it is nice to have a treat that the kids (and adults) will go crazy for (addicting!) that isn't completely made out of sugar.
Here is what the labels look like printed out. I recommend doing a test page before you print on the labels in case you need to adjust them a little. I like to use the rectangles vertically for projects like these
Again, you can download the PDF of the Label, here.
This bag to the right was a Medium Cello Bag (vs. the Large in the first photo). It is a really nice size, too, and I will use these for our gifts. The bigger bags work great for family size... in fact, I may even use the Small Size Cello bag for Emma's classmates.
Popcorn & Pretzels
- Popcorn (we used Skinny Pop, but any will work - thinking of using Kettle Corn next time)
- Milk Chocolate Chips (you Dark fans out there can use Dark Chips)
- Sea Salt
Spread the popcorn and pretzels in a sheet pan.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, then stir, then repeat for 30 seconds until melted - maybe takes total of 1.5 minutes. Sprinkle the sea salt over the drizzled chocolate. Let the chocolate harden after drizzling on popcorn for a couple of hours, or it will make the bags messy.
Hard at work!
While the chocolate was hardening...
She discovered her chocolate beard in the mirror. She really looks like her Dad in this picture!
Let them dry for a couple of hours, or the chocolate will be messy when you bag them up.