Last weekend while strolling the farmers market I somehow ended up bringing home a big bag of kettle corn. We actually had strawberries and cherries available for the first time that week, and what did I ultimately end up buying? Sweet and salty popcorn. A few days later, I stumbled across this recipe inspired by a favorite Girl Scout cookie and figured it was a sign: homemade deluxe popcorn was in my future.
If you tend to cave at the grocery store and buy more Girl Scout cookies than you care to admit, you're not alone. As a former Girl Scout, I have a hard time saying no to those eager faces. I usually stick with Thin Mints, although the occasional Samoa (the one boasting chocolate, caramel and coconut with a little hole in the center) can be a treat. This Samoa-inspired popcorn recipe is evidence that the flavors translate well to other recipes, too.
What I love about this recipe is the use of both shredded coconut and coconut oil, the latter imparting its subtle sweet fragrance (along with a little sugar) into the popcorn itself. Toss in a little salt and chocolate, and this is looking to be my go-to snack all summer long. I imagine it would be wonderful with a handful of chopped nuts as well — hazelnuts would be my first choice although peanuts would likely be delicious, too. Now enough writing: it's time to make some popcorn!
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