Sweet and Salty Cocoa-Berry Popcorn Recipe

Cocoa Berry Popcorn
Dana Angelo White

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 90
Fat 3g
Carbs 14g
Protein 2g
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 (2 cups each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 2g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 81mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Total Time 13 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 3 min
Servings 3 (2 cups each)

Popcorn is an underappreciated gluten-free whole grain option. Yes, it actually does count as a whole grains serving!

The topping in this version is sweet, salty, and tangy—everything you want in a snack. This recipe makes enough cocoa-berry powder for multiple batches of popcorn. When you can make fresh air-popped popcorn in the microwave in minutes, you will want to have plenty of the seasoning on hand for quick snacking.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • dash of kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Place strawberries in a food processor and grind into a fine powder.
  2. Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt to the food processor and pulse to combine; set aside.
  3. To make the popcorn, place kernels in a brown paper lunch bag and fold the top to close.
  4. Place in the microwave and cook on high for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Pour warm popcorn into a large bowl.
  6. Drizzle with melted butter, then toss with 2 tablespoons of the cocoa-berry powder mixture. Serve immediately.

    Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

    This popcorn is absolutely delicious seasoned with anything or nothing at all. Instead of the cocoa-berry mixture, season with salt, fresh herbs, and lemon zest or a dash of smoked paprika and a drizzle of honey.

    Cooking and Serving Tips

    Look for freeze-dried berries at your local grocery store in the produce section or in the nut and snack food aisle.

    Since many popular salty snacks are made with gluten, popcorn offers a user-friendly gluten-free alternative. Making popcorn in the microwave allows for a fresh treat without any added fat from oil, plus buying kernels is much more affordable than buying pre-packed microwave bags.

    Since every microwave is different, cooking time may vary slightly. Keep your ears open and pop until the sound you hear becomes far-spread and rare. Do not attempt to put more than 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag as more may cause the bag to tear in the microwave.

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