Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Movie Theater Bark

I can't go see a movie without getting a big bag of buttery popcorn. It's a guilty pleasure that I crave and dream about. If I get popcorn then naturally I have to get some sort of chocolate treat to balance out the saltiness of the popcorn. My husband likes to get peanut M&M's and dump them into the hot popcorn so that they get all nice and warm.

Well here is my grown-up variation on the peanut M&M's dumped into the popcorn. It's really fun and easy to make and the chocolate-toppings combinations are endless. Here I have pictured semi-sweet chocolate with mini pretzels, raisins, and salted peanuts as well as semi-sweet chocolate with dried cranberries, candied pineapple, and white chocolate chips. If you guys come up with any other yummy combinations you'll have to let me know. Now I just need to get a babysitter so that we can take these treats and go see a movie!

Movie Theater Bark
  • 8oz. good semi-sweet, bittersweet, white or milk chocolate- chopped into small chunks
  • toppings of your choice, here are some yummy variations
    • mini pretzels, raisins, salted peanuts
    • dried cranberries, dried candied pineapple, white chocolate chips
    • s'mores- milk chocolate with graham crackers, mini marshmallows
    • cookies and cream- white chocolate with crushed oreo cookies
spray the bottom of a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray and then line the pan with parchment paper (see detailed instructions below). set a glass bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water. make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. put the chocolate into the glass bowl and stir until chocolate is completely melted. pour chocolate into the lined pan and spread evenly with a spatula. sprinkle toppings over chocolate immediately. refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. peel off parchment and break into pieces.

*parchment lining instructions:

cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bread pan leaving an overhang on the long edges. make a fold in the parchment paper several inches away from the edge.

place the folded edge of the parchment into the bread pan and fold down the short sides of the parchment.

fold down the parchment into the other long edge of the pan.

remove the parchment and spray the bottom of the pan with non-stick cooking spray and replace the parchment paper.

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