Sweet and Salty Cocoa-Berry Popcorn

Cocoa Berry Popcorn
Dana Angelo White
Total Time 13 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 3 min
Yield 6 cups (90 calories per 2 cups)

Popcorn is an underappreciated gluten-free whole grain option. Yes, it actually does count as a whole grains serving!

The topping in this version is sweet, salty, and tangy—everything you want in a snack. This recipe makes enough cocoa-berry powder for multiple batches of popcorn. When you can make fresh air-popped popcorn in the microwave in minutes, you will want to have plenty of the seasoning on hand for quick snacking.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • dash of kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Place strawberries in a food processor and grind into a fine powder.
  2. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt to the food processor and pulse to combine; set aside.
  3. To make the popcorn, place kernels in a brown paper lunch bag and fold the top to close.
  4. Place in the microwave and cook on high for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Pour warm popcorn into a large bowl.
  6. Drizzle with melted butter, then toss with 2 tablespoons of the cocoa-berry powder mixture. Serve immediately.

    Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

    This popcorn is absolutely delicious seasoned with anything or nothing at all. Instead of the cocoa-berry mixture, season with salt, fresh herbs, and lemon zest or a dash of smoked paprika and a drizzle of honey.

    Cooking and Serving Tips

    Look for freeze dried berries at your local grocery store in the produce section or in the nut and snack food aisle.

    Since many popular salty snacks are made with gluten, popcorn offers a user-friendly gluten-free alternative. Making popcorn in the microwave allows for a fresh treat without any added fat from oil, plus buying kernels is much more affordable than buying pre-packed microwave bags.

    Since every microwave is different, cooking time may vary slightly. Keep your ears open and pop until the sound you hear becomes far-spread and rare. Do not attempt to put more than 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag as more may cause the bag to tear in the microwave.

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