Friday, December 18, 2015

My Customized Holiday Movie Night...Featuring Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Butter Caramel Corn #HolidayMovieNight #UnplugAndConnect #Caspart

Christmas is ONE WEEK AWAY! Let the reality of that fact sink in just a bit. The week leading up to the big day is likely filled with shopping for presents, wrapping those presents…and maybe even a party or two. However, I want to encourage you to take one evening to put aside the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy a relaxing Holiday Movie Night with the ones you love! All you need is a couple of hours and a few essentials. Put on some cozy PJs, pop in a fun holiday movie, and spend some time relaxing together! So...what are your Holiday Movie Night Essentials? Check out my personalized movie night checklist from my friends at Casper. The unique design of their mattresses can help make your movie night spot the perfect level of comfiness!
My Holiday Movie Night essentials include our comfy bed, festive holiday PJs, and lots of pillows are certainly required…but else how would I customize the list to make it a perfect Holiday Movie Night for us? I need my husband Michael, either Elf or Scrooged in the Blu Ray player…and our two cats. Although Maggie is the only one who loves to snuggle up with me in bed. Lucy would most likely hang out nearby on the floor. Being The Weekend Gourmet, I also must have a fun snack for us to enjoy during the movie. 

Popcorn is the perfect accompaniment to a movie, but regular old popcorn simply won’t do! I whipped up a huge batch of Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Butter Caramel Corn! It’s easy to make and delicious – it can even be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for enjoying during your Holiday Movie Night! If you love cookie butter, you’re going to flip for this treat, which features a sweet cookie butter-infused caramel coating. With this popcorn, a festive movie…and the ones you love…you have the makings of the perfect timeout in the middle of the hectic holiday season!

Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Butter Caramel Corn
a Weekend Gourmet Original
  • 10 cups popped popcorn (2-3 bags of microwave popcorn)
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup cookie butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
Step 1: Pop the popcorn per package directions and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon, and cookie butter to a large saucepan. Cook over med-high, stirring occasionally, as the butter melts. When the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and boil for exactly 3 minutes. Remove the caramel from heat. Combine the vanilla and baking soda and stir into the caramel mixture. The caramel will start to bubble and foam up – this is perfectly normal!
Step 2: Preheat your oven to 250. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the hot caramel mixture on top of the popcorn in the bowl. Stir with a large spatula, until the popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel.
Step 3: Spread the caramel corn evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake the popcorn for 20 minutes, stopping to stir the popcorn after 10 minutes. While the caramel corn is in the oven, place the chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in two small prep bowls. Melt each bowl in the microwave. Remove the cooked caramel corn from the oven, then drizzle with the milk chocolate and white chocolate. 

Step 4: Put the baking sheet with the drizzled caramel corn in the fridge for an hour or so. This is plenty of time for the chocolate to set. Break the caramel corn into cluster-sized pieces and store in an airtight container.
Y’all, this cookie butter-infused caramel corn is AMAZING! It combines the flavor of buttery caramel with the warm spice notes of cookie butter, and the drizzle of milk and white chocolate takes it right over the top! This tasty treat would be perfect for holiday goodie bags or dessert tables, but it’s also ideal for a fun movie night snack! A huge batch of this caramel corn can be prepped in under and hour, but make sure to allow time for the chocolate to set afterward. Your patience will be rewarded with a decadent and fun treat!

Disclosure: Casper created my customizedHoliday Movie Night Essentials Checklist to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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