Monday, January 5, 2009

When snacks go pop

My 6-year-old doesn't usually eat much. She'll eat anything, mind you, but she's a bit on the wee side and therefore doesn't require a whole lot to fill her up.

The exception: popcorn. The child will eat popcorn until it comes out her ears and her midsection resembles a thermometer that has been stuffed with a beach ball. I'm always on the lookout for things to enliven popcorn. It's never been my favorite, but the little ones devour it.

Among some suggestions from The Popcorn Board:

Cinnamon Chocolate Popcorn

3 quarts popped popcorn
Butter-flavored cooking spray
9 T. powdered cocoa mix (cocoa sweetened with sugar or sugar substitute)
3 tsp. cinnamon

Put popcorn in a large bowl and lightly spray with cooking spray.
Sprinkle cocoa mix and cinnamon on popcorn. Toss to coat evenly.
Spray and toss again until mixture is well coated. Serve immediately.