Quick & Easy Summer Treat: Summer Popcorn

Summer means sunshine, barbeques, and “bring a dish.” If people want me to bring a dip, I bring Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because buffalo sauce. If I’m asked to bring a salad, I lean toward “weird” ones, like ramen salads. And if the hosts request a dessert, I panic.

Or, I used to panic.

While I like my birthday cake, I’m not big up on cakes. I love pie, but I’m still working on making a pie crust that doesn’t suck. I also like to make things that kids will like too, so no fancy tartes or tortes or whatever it is we’re all pinning these days.

So I make Summer Popcorn.

It’s really easy.

First, I pop the popcorn in my Whirley-Pop.

Whirley Pop!

If you’re not familiar with the Whirley-Pop, you’re missing out. Best. Popcorn. Ever. My husband purchased one after a fellow firefighter brought one to work to make popcorn for the rest of the crew. I thought he was crazy for purchasing another kitchen thing; kitchen gadgets are his thing though. I joined the crazy when I fell in love with the process and the taste. We haven’t eaten microwaved popcorn in over two years.

Spread the popped corn on to a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Melt white chocolate however you see best fit.

Making Summer Popcorn

Some people use the microwave, but I don’t really like doing it that way. All the beeping and door opening and closing drives me bonkers. I also think it negatively affects the taste, but that might just be me. However, when I went to pull out my double boiler, I remembered in a fit of “let’s clean out our cupboards,” I gave it away. I actually said to my husband, “I can just melt chocolate in the microwave.” UGH.

So I fashioned my own and melted up my white chocolate melting chips. The Ghiradelli White Melting Wafers melted the best of any white chocolate I’ve attempted to melt before.

You then pour it over the popcorn and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon.

Making Summer Popcorn

Then comes the fun part. Pour on the sprinkles! I went with red, white, and blue because nothing says summer like red, white, and blue.

Summer Popcorn

If the party you’re attending has a theme, go with colors that match the theme. Pink and green sprinkles scream, “WATERMELON!” I always like to use a bright, light blue and yellow for a beachy type feel. I used both jimmies and crystal sugar.

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Summer Popcorn

Summer Popcorn

And then—the hardest part—let the whole thing cool completely. (Though, trust me, you’ll want to grab a piece of popcorn in the still-warm, melty chocolate. It’s heavenly.) After it’s cooled and hardened, you can place it in a bowl for traveling or in individual baggies if you’re handing them out to kiddos.

It’s a sweet treat that will please kids and adults alike.

And, of course, don’t forget to brush your teeth after such a lovely treat. Even if you don’t eat this treat at your next summer barbeque, there are lots of hidden sugars you may not consider. BBQ sauces contain a lot more sugar than you think. Love lemonade? Me too, but it’s loaded too. Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste can help clean the sugar acids from everyday (or special day!) foods with a great taste. You can look at their Facebook page to learn more, or follow them on Twitter: @AquafreshUS.

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105 Replies to “Quick & Easy Summer Treat: Summer Popcorn”

  1. I have been brushing mid-afternoon more lately. It gives me a peppy feeling that helps energize me doe the evening to come.

  2. Because I’m always snacking, I find I’m brushing more in the summer. I also started carrying brush-ups on my purse for when I’m out.

  3. I make sure to get a through cleaning every summer on vacation, and I brush and floss every day and use a good anti cavity rinse! And Aquafresh is my favorite toothpaste!

  4. I brush twice a day and floss once a day in the evening. I try to use toothpaste with fluoride and when I go to the dentist I get fluoride treatments. I also try to avoid a lot of acidic or sugary foods.

  5. My favorite way to take care of my teeth this summer is to make sure I brush after eating sweets…or at least rinse off with water if brushing is not possible.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  6. Encouraging my daughter to brush after breakfast helps me remember, too. We have a better, fresher day that way! :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I take care of my teeth in the summer by making sure that I floss regularly! So many great produce itme, like corn can get caught in the teeth! :)

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  8. I’m a regular brusher and flosser and all of the things. Not that it matters since I’ll be getting yet another root canal this weekend, but whatever.

  9. My husband and I travel a lot together — we’ve been in Africa for almost a month this summer! So it’s definitely important to us to keep doing a regular routine of good oral hygiene habits, even while we’re travelling.

  10. I am really bad about having a large iced latte every morning in the warmer months. That is hard on your teeth. One way I combat it is to rinse my mouth out several times with room temperature water, once I am done drinking my latte, so that the coffee doesn’t sit on my teeth and make stains.

  11. I just make sure to keep with my regular routine. If have have something unusually full of sugar I’m usually away from home so I carry a small bottle of an anti-cavity rinse with me.

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