Everyone knows that the best thing about holidays is children. Even though Valentine’s Day is truly a Romantic holiday for people in love, it is so much fun to celebrate a Day of Love with the kids. Because our family eats healthy, we do need a special occasion to make treats. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for sweets. Here is a tutorial recipe for making Pink Chocolate and Cinnamon Popcorn that is a fun activity to do with older children. It also makes a beautiful gift for children to be proud to give to someone they love.
This is a great recipe for older children. Younger children would do better with a different recipe that does not involve the hot stove or hard candies. This is however perfect for my 11 year old son who loves to cook.
You will need:
8 cups of popped corn (remove all un-popped kernels)
1 bag of white chocolate chips
4 drops red food coloring
20 cinnamon flavored hard candies
wax paper, gallon sized ziplock freezer bag and a stirring spoon.
1. Unwrap the cinnamon candies and put them in a ziplock freezer bag. Pound and roll them with a rolling pin until they are crushed.
2. lay out a sheet of wax paper and spread popcorn evenly on top
3. Pour the chocolate chips into a saucepan with the 4 drops of food coloring. on LOW heat stir constantly until chips are melted. (Ours got too hot and got stiff so we could not drizzle it on with a frosting/piping bag and some of it got of clumpy. Chocolate is temperamental and must be done slowly and on low heat. I think this a s a great job for kids because it helps them learn patience and technique. Even with a glitch, our popcorn was still amazing. )
4. Have your child drizzle the melted chocolate onto the popcorn. You can do it from a piping bag, from a cup, or the Easiest way is with the spoon right from the pan!
5. Before the chocolate dries, have your child drizzle the crushed cinnamon candies on to the chocolate coated popcorn.
6. Let it cool completely so there are no burned fingers and tongues.
7. Enjoy your tasty treat!
Your child could fill a clear cellophane bag tied with a red or pink ribbon to give as a gift to someone special. Your child will be proud having made it themselves and enjoy the warm feeling of making someone smile.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Do you have a treat that you like to make with your children?
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