September 25, 2015

friday night eats: peanut popcorn mix

I don't know about you, but when I'm eating a bunch of salty foods like chips and pizza during a day of football watching, eventually, I need a sweet treat. Puppy Chow was one of my favorite treats growing up. If you aren't familiar, this is a kid-friendly--though kind of messy--snack combining chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and Chex cereal.

This peanut popcorn mix takes some of those same components to create a sweet and salty snack to round out your game day food spread. While this is not a recipe anyone made in First & Goal, it is one I can imagine Harper making as a last-minute munch for the league's watch parties.

Peanut Popcorn Mix

1 100-calorie pack of popcorn (or any kind of popcorn you have on hand)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted)
1+ cup powdered sugar

Over medium heat, melt chocolate, butter, and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Follow directions for making popcorn. Once chocolate mixture is melted, remove from heat and add vanilla. In a large bowl, combine popcorn, peanuts, and chocolate mixture until everything is evenly coated. Mix in powdered sugar. (If it's easier for you, shake the powered sugar onto the popcorn and peanuts using a large plastic bag.)

Serve at room temperature.

Though you can enjoy this dish year-round, there is something particularly fitting about having this on a crisp fall day. It is also so easy to make and serve (and uses ingredients I typically keep on hand) that it is great for a quick "oh-crap-I-need-to-make-dessert" treat.

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When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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