Not too long ago I discovered Cookies-N-Creme Popcorn. It was heavenly and I’ve made it way too many times in the past couple of weeks! But I thought, hmmmm….this needs a little more of a salty flavor. After talking this dilemma over with one of my besties, Rhonda, I knew pretzels needed to be added. So came our Stick in the Mud Gourmet Popcorn! It is the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Ridiculously easy to make that it may be inappropriate to call it gourmet until you take a bite of this sweet bliss! You will swear it is gourmet!
Printable Recipe: Stick in the Mud
2 bags of microwave popcorn (extra, extra, extra butter!)
12 oz package of light cocoa candy melts (Wilton brand; omitted from photo)
2 rows of Oreo cookies (from a normal size package)
1 cup of thin pretzel sticks broken into large pieces
Cook popcorn following package and your microwave instructions. Remove only the popped kernels and place it in a super large bowl (make sure you don’t get any unpopped kernels in the bowl).
Place two rows of Oreos in a gallon Ziploc bag. Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, crush the Oreos (be sure to leave some good size chunks in it). Add the crushed Oreos to the bowl of popped popcorn.
Add the broken thin pretzel sticks and stir it all up. Melt the candy melts any way you normally do: double boiler, microwave or candy melt crockpot. Pour half of the melted chocolate on top of the popcorn mix. Using a spatula, gently stir the popcorn mix and chocolate together for at least two minutes. It is really about pushing the spatula along the bowl’s inner edge to the bottom and lifting straight up and gently turning over your spatula. Keep doing this going around the bowl. It really is the best way to stir it up without breaking the popcorn into tiny pieces impossible to hold with your fingers (but I’ve been known to use a spoon to eat the tiny crumbs at the bottom of my bowl, lol). So I guess it more of a “folding in the chocolate” versus actually stirring the chocolate into the popcorn mix. Once the chocolate has a light coating on most of the popcorn, pour the remainder of the melted chocolate on top of the popcorn mix. Again using a spatula, gently fold the chocolate into the popcorn mix until all the pieces are lightly coated in the sweet chocolate bliss.
Cover your surface with wax paper. Dump the candied popcorn mix onto the wax paper. Spread to allow the candy to set up (approximately 30 minutes). Gently break up any large chunks and transfer your Stick in the Mud Gourmet Popcorn to an airtight container.
Good luck getting it to last any longer than a couple of days! This is seriously flavor packed and you will kick yourself for not making this sooner!