Healthy Recipes

Caramelised honey and popcorn bars with salted chocolate

What's better than popcorn? Popcorn with chocolate, of course.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 8 - 10
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking plus setting
Caramelised honey and popcorn bars with salted chocolate

A cut-it-yourself bar with crunch from roasted nuts and candied popcorn and with ultra-dark chocolate binding it all together. You could also try candying nuts instead of popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 80 gm coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
Candied popcorn
  • 200 gm coconut oil
  • 90 gm popping corn
  • 200 gm honey
Bitter chocolate glaze
  • 200 gm bitter dark chocolate (85%-90% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 5 gm coconut oil

Method

  • 1
    For candied popcorn, preheat oven to 180°C and line a 26cm x 13cm loaf pan with baking paper. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp coconut oil, then the corn, then cover with a lid and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until popping stops (4-8 minutes). Transfer to a tray and cool to room temperature. Cook honey in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally until caramelised (6-7 minutes). Add popcorn and remaining coconut oil and stir to coat, then spoon into loaf pan, pressing firmly to compact popcorn into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm (20-30 minutes).
  • 2
    For chocolate glaze, melt chocolate and oil in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Pour glaze over the popcorn so the chocolate runs into any gaps, then scatter with hazelnuts and return to refrigerator to set (1-2 hours). Cut into slices to serve (this is easiest with a serrated knife). Bars will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
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  • Author: Lisa Featherby