Valentine’s Popcorn

February 4, 2016 in food,snacks

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

This is one of those non-recipe recipes. You know, one of those things where you basically throw a bunch of stuff together, let it sit, look at it, then eat it. You respond “holy cow, this actually tastes good!” Yeah, that’s what this Valentine’s Popcorn is to me.. It’s a “holy cow I made a thing” recipe.

I wanted to get that description out of the way, because once you see the recipe description at the bottom of this post, you’re going to laugh. But, I’m warning you now. It’s stupid easy. Beware.

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

I do love sharing fun recipes for Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays where you can make silly, sugary things for your loved ones, and everyone ends up happy, even you. This Valentine’s Popcorn uses white chocolate, sprinkles, chocolate covered candies, and plain popcorn. Stupid. Easy.

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

Do you guys remember sixlets? They were the bomb when I was little! I spotted them in Target, and squealed out loud. I knew they needed to be part of this popcorn mix.

Pop your popcorn. Make sure it’s plain popcorn, not the movie theater butter kind. Not this time, homie. But, I will say, the kettle corn popcorn does work well in this recipe too. Because it’s already sweet! I kept it simple, and popped some popcorn in my dutch oven. Spread your popped corn on a lined baking sheet.

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

Melt white chocolate in the microwave, at 30 second intervals. Drizzle white chocolate over popcorn and toss. I toss with my hands because I’m an animal, but you can do it with a clean spoon or spatula.

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

Then, add your candies and sprinkles. I placed the sixlets on top of the popcorn, so they wouldn’t sink to the bottom and disappear. Then, I topped it with some cute Valentine’s day sprinkles!

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

Uh oh. Yes, I added more sprinkles. This time, red glitter type sprinkles. I’m a wild woman.

Once you are done adding your fun candies and sprinkles, place your cookie sheet in the fridge, and let the mixture set.

Once it’s cool, you can break it up, and place it in paper bags for single serving. Like I said, stupid easy.

I hope you get to try this for Valentine’s Day, or just a day you want to tell your family “I love you something awful.”

Have you ever thought about making Valentine's Popcorn as a treat for the holiday? Me neither, but this recipe looks too good!

Valentine’s Popcorn

Ingredients
5 cups plain popcorn
14-ounce bar white chocolate
1 cup Chocolate covered candies (we used sixlets)
Sprinkles of your choice

Instructions
Place popped corn on a lined cookie sheet.
Break up chocolate into pieces, place in a medium bowl, and melt in the microwave at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
Drizzle white chocolate over the popcorn, then toss with your hands, a large spoon or a spatula.
Top chocolate covered popcorn with chocolate covered candies, placing them somewhat gently so they don’t fall to the bottom of the pan.
Add as much sprinkles as you want to the top of the popcorn.
Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. Once completely hardened, break popcorn mix into chunks, and serve in paper bags. Enjoy!

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Zootopia

During our Disney sponsored press trip to L.A., we were able to speak to the directors, producers and animators of Disney’s Zootopia. With the movie hitting theaters this March 4th, being able to speak to the animators about the new addition to the Disney Animation Studios slate was such a dream.

ZOOTOPIA – CHIEF BOGO, head of the Zootopia Police Department. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

ZOOTOPIA – CHIEF BOGO, head of the Zootopia Police Department. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Our visit to speak to the animators included an adventurous trip to a very interesting warehouse. See, this is where the animators have been housed while the Disney Animation building is under construction. While the outside left something to be desired, the inside was full of Zootopia awesomeness. Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and the rest of the crew were in full affect inside the walls. What I loved were all the secrets, details, and fun facts that we learned during our visit.

ZOOTOPIA

10 Awesome Facts About Zootopia

  1. There were 550 people involved in the making of Zootopia. Can you imagine a small town getting together to make an animated film? Well, that’s basically what happened during the development of Zootopia.
  2. If it doesn’t serve the story, then it’s scrapped. Listening to the Co-Head of Story Josie Trinidad speak about certain scenes that took her weeks or months to create, that eventually were removed from the film had me flabbergasted. She worked hard on those important parts of the film. But, she put it all in perspective. If it wasn’t serving the movie, the flow of the film, and the lessons they wanted the audience to learn, it had to go. Phil Johnston, a writer on the team, said “You have to be wiling to kill your darlings.”
  3. According to Co-Director Jared Bush, there were over 1,170 drafts of Zootopia before the final cut. Holy. Cow.
  4. Hair is a big deal in Zootopia. Animators spent a lot of time researching how the hair of each animal falls, the true color of their hair (Polar bears actually have CLEAR hair), and how that hair moves in the wind.
  5. Story board artists present their scene concepts by acting out the roles of the characters, emotions and all. This was so interesting to me. I wonder if the “acting” of a story board artist in a pivotal scene influences the actors they eventually choose for those characters?
  6. Do you see a bit of Disney’s Robin Hood when you look at Nick Wilde? There’s a reason for that. Head of Animation Renato dos Anjos loves the movie, and started his Zootopia journey with Robin Hood in mind.
  7. The Zootopia team learned quite a bit about animals during the development of the film, as you can imagine. One of my favorite things that they shared with us? Wildebeests aren’t very bright. They’ll all walk into very deep water, and almost drown, if they see another Wildebeest do it. And you thought lemmings were bad!
  8. A small part of the team had the opportunity to watch animals in their own habitats. They visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World and even went to Kenya! Animation Supervisor Chad Sellers said that until that trip to Kenya, it felt like they were only touching the surface of story creation.
  9. While I think the Sloths will be the breakout star of the film, the animators admit that they were the most difficult to humanize. Because of their slow mannerisms, there were many story boards that were taken apart or out of the film. I guess it’s not that easy to draw a character that’s basically moving at a glacial pace.
  10. Have you ever heard of binkying? Animation Supervisor Nathaniel Engelhard studied this special characteristic of rabbits when working with Judy Hopps, and the creation of her family.

Zootopia hits theaters everywhere on March 4th!

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