When I was a kid, I used to hate it when it seemed like all of my friends liked a certain food and I didn’t. So, at all of our totally awesome slumber parties, while we were listening to NKOTB or watching The Princess Bride, I forced myself to eat the foods that everyone loved.
I can’t tell you how many times I choked down sour cream and onion chips or french onion dip just so my friends wouldn’t know I didn’t like them. (Eventually, I started to like them, though. And now, sadly, I like them far too much.)
One food that I just couldn’t bring myself to love was popcorn balls. There was always one or two kind people who spent eleventy million hours making popcorn balls for all of the precious trick-or-treaters that came to their house every year, but their efforts were wasted on me. I was even willing to skip going to these houses because I knew I didn’t want the popcorn ball…..but my mom knew better. I was going to their house and that popcorn ball was going to go straight into her hands.
Years later, (that makes me sounds like I’m 85 years old…I swear, I’m not.)
Anyway, years later, as an adult, someone made popcorn balls and swore that I’d like them if I’d just give them a try. So, with flashbacks of slumber parties from my junior high years, I gave it a try, prepared to test out my acting chops and make this person believe that they’d just handed me something amazingly delicious.
Fortunately…..my acting chops weren’t necessary.
It WAS amazingly delicious. It’s popcorn, but better, and I was instantly a fan.
What I wasn’t a fan of however, was making them myself. That’s a messy business and I’ve got no patience for that.
So, I came up with the concept of popcorn bars. It’s faster, easier, and if you feel like getting crazy, you can drizzle some chocolate on top and then add some sea salt.
Make these, friends. Make these and your friends and family will love you forever.
And if they tell you they don’t like popcorn balls, don’t believe them. Make them try it. Or at least, make them take one and hand it off to you, learn a lesson from my mom.
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Have a great Monday!