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Monday, July 18, 2011

Chocolate Popcorn Trail Mix


I am here with a trail mix on the third day of blogging marathon #7, with the theme "microwave dishes". It happens to be a yummy mixture of chocolate drizzled popcorn, fiber rich wheat cereal, dried fruits and nuts. This kid snack mix can be put together under 5 minutes like yesterday's dessert. A quick, easy and fiber rich snack to munch on, anytime. I used no butter, no sodium popcorn prepared in my microwave.  I did not use any seasonings since I was planning to drizzle drench the popcorn with chocolate sauce.

How to pop corn in a microwave:
Popping corn in a microwave is quite a simple process. One Tbsp of corn kernels yield about a cup of popcorn. Place about 1/4 cup of corn kernels in a paper bag, fold over the top twice or thrice and put the bag in the microwave. Cook until you stop hearing the popping sound. It takes usually around 70 - 90 seconds for 1/4 cup kernels to pop. Remove the bag and your plain pop corn is ready.


Now let's move on to the chocolate popcorn trail mix. One is only limited by imagination / creativity when it comes to granola / trail mixes. Add whatever you find interesting, appealing and nutritious in your pantry to create your own signature dish. Today, I happened to add wheat squares, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, sultanas and a sweetened, dried berry mix to the popcorn and drizzled it with melted, semi sweet chocolate. 



Ingredients:

2 cups popcorn
2 cups toasted wheat cereal
1 cup any dried fruit
1 oz (Baker's) semi sweet baking chocolate (I doubled the quantity and it is not necessary.)

The 'how' part:
* Microwave chocolate on HIGH in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until it melts completely.
* Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn, cereal and dry fruits mixture. Gently toss the mixture to evenly coat.
* Spread into single layer on large sheet of wax paper and cool.


Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking today.

Comments

13 comments:

DD said...

they are looking awesome dear!
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Shanavi said...

All my fav items are there..Double like

harini-jaya said...

Interesting blend of cereal, nuts, popcorn and chocolate!! Looks like lot of chocolate from you this marathon :)

Pavani said...

I'm not a fan of popcorn, but both my son and husband love it. I'm going to try your trail mix popcorn soon for them. Looks healthy and delicious.

Vardhini said...

I love popcorn .. chocolate not so much. Sure my kids would love it though :)

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Gayathri Kumar said...

Delicious snack. Idea of chocolate coated popcorn is great..

Hari Chandana said...

Interesting recipe.. Looks simply inviting.. Love it :)
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks and sounds yum...crunchy n yummy

Jayashree said...

Looks colourful and yum.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks good, all I need is some good chick flicks to go with it:):) Lovely recipe:)

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Cooking Foodie said...

I used to wait for holiday time when boy scouts sold chocolate caramel popcorn... guess i can make some at home now :)

Saras said...

Your platter makes me crazy yar..Want to finish of whole bowl..
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Srivalli said...

Suma, that's one interesting mix I must say..:)..what a lovely idea, I am not sure if my boys will eat, I can happily lap on this..thanks for the idea..:)..do send it for my 365 days of microwave cooking, I would love to feature this..