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12/28/2013 01:31 EST | Updated 02/27/2014 05:59 EST

The Perfect Post-Holidays Treat: Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Kettle Corn

I've always loved kettle corn: popcorn with the perfect combination of salty and sweet! Popcorn, after all, is a whole grain -- and though it gets a bad reputation at the movie theaters, homemade popcorn can be a light, healthy and delicious snack that satisfies those munchies. I decided to add a holiday twist to this batch of kettle corn by sprinkling it with a combination of spices that give it a nice warm gingerbread taste. You can also add other ingredients like a drizzle of chocolate, dried fruit, and shredded coconut.

I've always loved kettle corn: popcorn with the perfect combination of salty and sweet!

Popcorn, after all, is a whole grain -- and though it gets a bad reputation at the movie theaters, homemade popcorn can be a light, healthy and delicious snack that satisfies those munchies.

I decided to add a holiday twist to this batch of kettle corn by sprinkling it with a combination of spices that give it a nice warm gingerbread taste. You can also add other ingredients like a drizzle of chocolate, dried fruit, and shredded coconut.

This kettle corn is a great snack to offer when having company over, and is even a fabulous gift to package in a nice gift box or tin.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tbsp white sugar

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

*Optional add-ons: dried cranberries, melted white chocolate, melted caramel chips, marshmallows, and unsweetened shaved coconut

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Directions:

-Mix together the cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice and set aside.

-Preheat the coconut oil in a medium-large saucepan with a top over medium heat. Once the oil melts, add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

-Pour in popcorn kernels and cover, leaving lid slightly off the pan to allow steam to escape. Cook until the popping has nearly completed, shaking pot frequently to prevent kernels from burning.

-Spread the popcorn out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle 1-2 tsp of the spice mixture over the popcorn.

-Melt chocolate in a double boiler or heatproof bowl that is set over saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring often until smooth.

-Drizzle over the popcorn on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cranberries. Place in a large bowl and serve.

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Source: Wealth of Health