Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & Chocolate

Lucky Charms Popcorn

Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateDid you know that the marshmallow bits in Lucky Charms are called marbits? In 1963 when Lucky Charms first came there were green clovers, pink hearts, orange stars, and yellow moon marbits. There have been numerous limited edition marbits since their release including a whale and crystal balls. Since 1963 only the pink heart remains from the original mar bit lineup.Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateJust thought I would share some Lucky Charms factoids with you all. Sometimes I like to google random information to learn about the history…Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateWant to know something else I learned in my “research”? In 1975, Lucky the Leprechaun almost got replaced with Waldo the Wizard. Imagine going to the grocery store to pick up your favorite cereal Waldo Charms with the blue whale and green pine tree marshmallows you love.Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateFortunately for you, we aren’t here to just tell you random tidbits of information about Lucky Charms that I learned from the internet. We are actually here to share this delicious Lucky Charms popcorn recipe perfect for a little extra luck on St. Patrick’s day.Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateThis popcorn is crunchy and sweet and just magically delicious! Give it a try, you will not be disappointed. We added some extra marshmallows to our bowls because everyone knows that’s the best part. Pots of gold and rainbows and the red balloon! Comment below on what your favorite cereal is and if we should turn it into popcorn! Also, let us know what marbit shape you would make if you could! Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & Chocolate

Lucky Charms Popcorn | Popcorn & Chocolate


Apple Cider Popcorn

IMG_8648As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m trying to finalize my menu and get everything ready so I know what to make ahead of time and what has be done the day of.

IMG_8662I love to plan things, but I’m not the best at executing them. I’ll spend days looking over different recipes online trying to find the perfect one that fits well with everything else that is being made. Usually I save a few and go back and forth between them before I throw in the red flag and give up on it all.

IMG_8666As I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, I am determined to not give up! I have all my recipes planned out and I won’t let myself change them up last minute… although I did just find a mashed potato recipe that looked better than the one I chose…

IMG_8677I’ve got plenty of delicious looking sides and my mom is graciously going to help me with the whole turkey situation as that is foreign territory to me.

IMG_8686For dessert, my family always loves a classic apple pie, so I will gladly make that (and eat it too)! But, after talking to Rose, who is baking 2 desserts for 3 people (I’m cooking for 5) I’m suddenly worried I won’t have enough desserts for everyone to enjoy. I mean, you always want leftover desserts to go with your leftover turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes, right?

IMG_8694Rose and I have the perfect extra recipe that can be added last minute to anyone’s Thanksgiving menu and is guaranteed to go with everything. What is you ask? Well, popcorn is involved… and apple cider.. yep, we made an apple cider popcorn! It is crunchy and sweet and full flavor, perfect for a pre-dinner appetizer or an after dinner sweet treat.

IMG_8697Apple Cider Popcorn (serves 2)


  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple sugar (or brown sugar or coconut sugar)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Pop the popcorn kernels on the stovetop or in an air popper (if you need directions, look at this post) and lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan on medium heat, reduce apple cider until it is thicker and looks about 2 tablespoons, stirring occasionally. This should take around 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Once reduced, add coconut oil and turn the heat to low, stirring frequently.
  4. Add in the maple sugar and simmer for another 2-3 minutes until frothy, stirring frequently.
  5. Drizzle over popped popcorn and sprinkle with salt and sugar to taste.
  6. Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

IMG_8640There you have it! A, what I would call, perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast! It is quick and easy to make and can be made ahead of time as to not add to the Thanksgiving cooking stress, although I can’t guarantee that you won’t be tempted to eat it all before Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!IMG_8638

Thanks to Tatertots & Jello for hosting!

What I Ate Wednesday 9/16/15

Hi all! I’m here sharing a what I ate Wednesday for you. I thought it would be fun to show you what a typical day of meals for me is. Plus, who doesn’t love stalking what everyone else is eating??

Greek yogurt bowl

Greek yogurt bowl

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with figs, strawberries, blueberries, ground flax seed, and Mamma Chia cinnamon pecan clusters. This is one of my go to breakfasts because it is quick, easy, and filling. I usually throw in whatever fresh fruit we have and top with my favorite granola or cereal – the more the better!

Quinoa salad with a side of grapes

Lunch: Salad with quinoa and roasted veggies with some cotton candy grapes on the side. Lately I have been trying to roast or stem a bunch of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini) on Sunday so I can throw them into my lunches for the week. I also have been making a big batch of quinoa on Sundays. Can we talk about something for a second? Cotton candy grapes. Like what? How? Yum? These things taste exactly like cotton candy it is kind of crazy and you kind of need to try them. Okay done rant.

Luna bar

Snack: Luna Protein Bar. I like to have a snack around 3:30/4pm to tide me over until dinner. I had a meeting at this time so I had to grab something quick and this protein bar definitely did the trick. Plus who doesn’t love some cheeky afternoon chocolate?

Cuban salad bowl

Mind the messy avocado..

Dinner: Cuban Salad Bowl from Simple Roots. We love love love this salad bowl. We bought some plantains last week and needed to use them up so we whipped up this delicious bowl of goodness.

Tea and chocolate

After dinner treats: Celestial Bengal Spice Tea and some peanut butter chocolate. I love ending my day with a warm cup of tea even if it means I pee 9428 times in the night. I also got to have something sweet to go with it!

I hope you enjoyed peaking into my food life. Comment below what you ate today too!

Thanks Peas And Crayons for linking up!

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

IMG_4571Winter is slowly arriving here in Boston. Instead of snow we are mostly getting a lot a lot of rain. Thick, wet, slippery rain. Not only was it raining, but it was also veryyy windy. I think every trash can I walked by had at least 3 broken umbrellas sitting in them. If only it was a few degrees colder and then the rain would be snow, which has it’s own problems, but hey at least it would feel a little bit more like winter.IMG_4630IMG_4618To help us get in a more Christmasy/wintery mood we created this delicious white chocolate peppermint popcorn. If the fall is all about the pumpkin spice, then winter is all about the peppermint (and maybe gingerbread, but we haven’t gotten there yet).IMG_4585This popcorn definitely makes it feel more like the holidays. Each bite brings a burst of melted white chocolate and then a crunch of candy cane. It is hard to resist eating the whole batch in one sitting.This would be a great treat to share at a holiday party or pass out to your coworkers in cute bags. We stamped these plan brown lunch bags with festive Christmas stamps to give it a little extra holiday look.IMG_4465 IMG_4573To make this festive popcorn you will need:

  • Popcorn kernels – we used about 3 tablespoons
  • White chocolate – about 3/4 cup chopped – we used a Lindt white chocolate bar. (Don’t use white chocolate chips, they won’t melt properly!)
  • 2 Candy canes (or more!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional, but really good!)
  • parchment paper
  • Any optional mix ins – such as Chex cereal, pretzels, or your favorite nuts.

IMG_4507Begin by popping the kernels. You can do this a few different ways:

1) On the stovetop with a big pot, put about 1-3 tablespoons of oil (depending on how big of a batch of popcorn you wish to make) on the bottom of the pot and heat it up on medium. Once the oil is warm, add the kernels and put the lid on the pot. Turn the heat down a little bit. Once the popping starts to slow down then remove the pot from the stove and take the lid off. Be careful, the popcorn will be very hot, and some kernels might pop out of the pot

2) To pop the kernels in the microwave, put them in a brown paper bag and fold the top over twice. We recommend only using about 2 tablespoons of kernels at a time because. You don’t want to do too many or there won’t be enough room in the bag. But too few kernels will burn because the heat won’t distribute evenly. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, or until the popping starts to slow. Don’t wait until the popping stops or your popcorn will burn! Remove the bag and open carefully because it will be very hot.

3) Or, if you are big popcorn fans like us, you can pop the kernels in an air popper. We used about 3-4 tablespoons of kernels. Air poppers only cost about $15 and are totally worth it if you are a big popcorn eater.

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Once the popcorn is popped, it is time to melt the white chocolate. Again, you can use a few different methods to do this.

The microwave works well, just make sure to use a microwave safe bowl and only melt it for a few seconds at a time and then stir and melt some more, this helps prevent the chocolate from burning. We usually do about 15 seconds, stir, and then do another 15 seconds. Once most of the chocolate is melted, stir until the rest melts rather than putting the bowl back in the microwave. The other way to melt the chocolate is to put a heat safe bowl on top of a pot of boiling water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and stir until it is melted. We recommend just using the microwave as it is a lot simpler.

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Once the chocolate is melted, add the peppermint extract if using. Then we crushed up some candy canes in a plastic bag and added them to the chocolate. A spoon or an ice cream scooper works well to crush the candy canes. Lay the popcorn and any other treats you decided to add out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper as it will get quite messy. Drizzle the chocolate and candy cane mixture over the popcorn and let it cool completely. If you have room in your fridge, you can let it cool for about 15 minutes in there. Once it is cool you can break apart any chunks and put it in a fun container to serve!  IMG_4556This treat is easily customizable and can be adjusted to your taste preference. If you prefer more chocolate, go ahead and add more! If you like extra candy canes, add more! This snack is perfect to have with a warm mug of hot chocolate. We couldn’t resist munching on it throughout the whole day!IMG_4582