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Dec 04

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoky Almonds and Dark Chocolate

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Never have I ever…made popcorn balls!

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

But now I have and I’m sure I’m a better person because of it.

So Friday is my day to work on the blog, but all I wanna do is go sit at one of Houston’s many pretty coffee shops and dream.  I’m not sure what I wanna dream about, but something.

Sometimes I just crave an ocean.  I want to be sitting on a casual beach front restaurant balcony listening to seagulls fly about, feeling the sunshine, watching the waves and eating clam chowder with oyster crackers.  Maybe I’ll go dream about the ocean.  

If you live by an ocean, go outside and take a deep breath of that salty air for me.

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Speaking of salt, are you a salty + sweet fan? Like would you like a pairing of chocolate + cheese? I guess that’s not really salty + sweet, but it’s savory + sweet, which is like the same thing.  I ask because these popcorn balls are a savory/salty + sweet combination.  

They’re almost like a savory granola bar…but then there’s chocolate! 

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

They’ve got Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds (which you’ll probably like if you like smoky, toasty things), orange zest (for a POP of winter citrus) and chocolate (we don’t need a reason to add chocolate).  

Into cozy little popcorn balls all the ingredients go and then you serve them for a snack while watching football.  Not a football fan? Even better! Because now instead of not enjoying football you can enjoy these popcorn balls while football happens to be on.  Winner.

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Some may say, “oh wow, these are like a savory rice crispy!” And you will reply, “why yes, yes they are.”  And then everyone will be happy.  

If only life was that simple.  To dream a little dream.

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoky Almonds and Dark Chocolate

Yield: makes 20 smallish popcorn balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

7 cups popcorn
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
pinch salt
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Pour popcorn into a large bowl.  Set aside.  In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together honey, almond butter, vanilla, zest and salt.  Once thin, pour over popcorn and use a spatula to stir everything together.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, or until the honey mixture is cool enough to touch and not melt the chocolate chips.  Stir in almonds and chocolate chips.

Now, firmly pack together small popcorn ball being sure to press almonds and chocolate chips into each.  Continue making popcorn balls until all popcorn mix is used up.  Store in the fridge.

Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoked Almonds and Dark Chocolate

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2 comments on “Orange Zest Popcorn Balls with Smoky Almonds and Dark Chocolate”

  1. Sweet and savory combos that include chocolate are always welcome in my mouth LOL!  Obsessed with the flavors :)

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