Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Saturday night, Nevin's school had a fundraiser.  We booked a sitter and went out for dinner, music and dancing.  Since our usual babysitter -- and by "usual" I mean someone, besides Shawn's parents, who comes and babysits once a year -- was already taken, we had to expand our horizons.

The girl we booked was amazing, and lives within walking distance.  She's the kind of girl who will happily build Thomas the Train tracks, with engineering precision, put the kids to bed effortlessly, then, just because she has nothing better to do, clean the kitchen.  I knew she'd be great, and we would want her back, so I wanted to sweeten the deal a little.  I left her a "yay!-I-survived-and-the-children-are-asleep!" post-bedtime snack.  Its our celebratory snack of choice for such occasions.  Salted Dark Chocolate popcorn.  I highly recommend it.

When we got home she said, "your kids are very well behaved."  I think it was the popcorn talking.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn
(modified from the Kitchn)

1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup dark chocolate (you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but dark tastes better)
3/4 tsp. salt, divided

1.  Pop the popcorn kernels, as per your hot air popper's instructions.  Sift out any un-popped kernels from the bottom of the bowl.
2.  Place the chocolate and a 1/2 tsp of the salt in a microwavable dish.  In the microwave, melt the chocolate, stopping every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate.  It takes around 2 minutes in my microwave.
3.  Using a spatula, immediately dump the melted chocolate onto the popcorn.  Toss to coat the popcorn.
4.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.  Turn the popcorn out onto the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 tsp. of salt.
5. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens.  If you leave it out at room temperature to harden, it will take about an hour.

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