Tomato Soup with Popcorn

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Traditionally, the sidekick of tomato soup is grilled cheese. There is no denying this paring is delicious, but for the sake of spontaneity, I chose to try something different. Popcorn!

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Maybe I’m late to the game, but this was my first time sprinkling popcorn over a warm bowl of soup. Note to newbies: you quickly need to savor the popcorn soup –  otherwise they disintegrated into a soggy mess (still delicious, though!)

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Seeing as this was my first time trying this combination, I kept is simple. Tomato soup topped with Himalayan sea salt popcorn. Though, the possibilities are endless. Next on my list – jalapeno popcorn! Yum!

Have you ever tried popcorn on your soup before? If so, what is your favorite combination?

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

After an indulgent holiday season (a.k.a one too many Christmas cookies…) Ian and I dove into an eight week fitness challenge. Sadly, it runs over Valentine’s Day and the typical box of chocolates after a candlelight dinner will have to be skipped.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

However, I read between the challenge guidelines and noticed that two things are approved in moderation – popcorn and dark chocolate. So I give you a health conscious Valentine’s Day dessert option – Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn! It’s the perfect combination, sweet and salty. Plus, you won’t have to feel guilty afterwards. I would say this is a major win, win!

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • One bar of dark chocolate
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Recipe:

  • Use an air popper to pop the popcorn into a bowl
  • Spread the popcorn into a thin layer on a cookie sheet
  • Melt the dark chocolate and drizzle over the popcorn
  • Quickly sprinkle sea salt over the popcorn before the chocolate hardens
  • Once the chocolate has hardened, break the popcorn apart and place in a bowl to enjoy

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Fathers can be the hardest people to buy gifts for. Either their hobbies are too expensive for your price range, or they have a non-existent “wish-list” since they buy everything they want themselves.

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Thankfully, food is always a welcomed gift. Given that November is my father’s birthday month, I recently had a brainstorm session to think up a creative gift for the man who has everything and wants nothing.

Bourbon Caramel Corn

My father has a sweet spot for caramel corn, so I decided to take a modern spin on a classic treat – Bourbon Caramel Corn. While you might be concerned that the bourbon will be overpowering, I can assure you that the alcohol kick is boiled off and you are left with a subtle flavoring. Enjoy!

Bourbon Caramel Corn

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. corn syrup
  • 4 Tbs. bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  • In a sauce pan combine the butter, corn syrup, sugar and salt and bring to a boil
  • Let boil and continue to stir for five minutes
  • Stir in the bourbon and baking soda. The caramel should get light and frothy
  • Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat
  • Spread caramel corn evenly over parchment paper and let cool
  • Break apart and store in an air tight container