It’s been a while since I last blogged, so I’ll reintroduce you to S.A.M., who turned two last week. He likes to sneak into the kitchen and crack eggs, is drawn to the knife drawer and plays with spatulas. He also loves dinosaurs and Elmo, and has become an expert in self-defense, due to unwanted hugging.
S.A.M. is playing with popcorn because last week some very nice people from The James, a swanky hotel in Chicago, visited my work to promote their property and they brought the best popcorn I have ever eaten. I’m not normally a fan of messing with things that aren’t broken (see my thoughts on S’mores) but in this case I’ve decided that someone at The James is a genius. The popcorn was spicy, salty, sweet and crunchy all at the same time AND there were chunks of chocolate at the bottom of my tin.
I don’t know exactly how they make their super-fancy popcorn at the James, but this is how I made it at home.
Cayenne and Salted Chocolate Popcorn
2 Cups unpopped popcorn
1 cup chocolate (I used chocolate chips)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup salt
2 teaspoons cayenne peppper (more or less to taste)
Pop the corn and spread it in a thin layer on cookie sheets. Melt the chocolate and use a fork to drizzle (or in my case splatter) the chocolate across the popcorn. Finely chop the white chocolate chips and sprinkle the chocolate on top of the popcorn. Let the popcorn sit on the cookie sheets until the chocolate hardens, but shake the popcorn around every once in a while to separate the chocolate lumps. Once the chocolate has hardened, mix the salt and cayenne and sprinkle over the popcorn and chocolate. It’s surprisingly delicious.
If you’re in Chicago and stay at The James you can have a bottomless bowl of popcorn, but I think an airline ticket and a hotel room is too much to pay for a bowl of popcorn.