1 c popcorn for popping
1 c plus 2 T sugar
1 c plus 2 T agave syrup
¼ c water
1# bittersweet chocolate, grated
¼ t salt
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside. Pop your popcorn.
- Place the sugar, agave syrup & water in a 2 quart heavy bottomed saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Add salt & continue stirring until the sugars turn a lovely light golden brown.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir the popcorn in to the sugars until it is evenly coated. Pour onto parchment lined baking sheet & let cool to the point where you can break up any large clumps with your fingers without burning yourself. Tip: caramel burns quickly and painfully, so be careful not to handle it too soon.
- Place the grated chocolate in a double boiler (or in a large stainless bowl placed on top of a quart saucepan ¼ filled with water). Melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly as it melts to evenly distribute the heat. Be careful not to allow any water to get into the chocolate as that will cause the chocolate to bloom- or form discolored stripes. The chocolate should be nice and shiny, and all the grated pieces melted.
- Place the coated popcorn into a large bowl. Lay a fresh sheet of parchment paper onto the baking sheet. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn, stirring with the wooden spoon as you go along. Add chocolate until the popcorn is evenly coated. Pour the popcorn onto the freshly lined baking sheet & allow it to cool once more.
- Break up any large clumps again, and enjoy!
- Serves 2
About the Author
Ruby Dee is a singer and songwriter whose latest release “Live From Austin Texas” earned her rockabilly-roots band Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers a Grammy consideration for Best Americana Album in 2011. Her cookbook “Ruby’s Juke Joint Americana Cookbook” shares 120 of Ruby’s original recipes, and includes a CD of music to cook by. For more information on Ruby’s Juke Joint Americana Cookbook, to listen to Ruby’s Kitchen Radio Show or to contact the author, go to www.rubysjukejoint.com and of course Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Rubys-Juke-Joint-Americana-Cookbook/183336818364780 and Twitter at @rubysjukejoint.