Salted Cotton Candy Popcorn with White Chocolate Chips

Posted on by on October 28th, 2012 | 18 Comments »

The 9 months leading up to this day flew by in what seemed like the blink of an eye. And, at the same time dragged on for what felt like an eternity. It seems like yesterday I found out I was pregnant. And now as my due date draws closer, my stomach larger, my comfort level dwindling, I grew more and more anxious to meet my little girl.

At week 38 I waddled into my doctors appointment for another check up and before I knew it, I was being induced. A wave of emotions swept over me and my husband. We weren’t planning on becoming parents that day. Excitement, anxiety and nervousness. This is the day we have been dreaming about and preparing for. After a grueling 27 hours of labor we were overcome with joy as we welcomed our beautiful healthy baby girl, Layla Mara, into this world and into our lives and hearts.

Now, at 5 weeks old, Layla continues to steal our hearts more and more everyday. We count our blessings as to how calm and happy she is. At 2 weeks she was already sleeping 5 hours a night and we had to wake her to eat. We can now get in between 6-6 1/2 hours a night (thank you baby). She hardly ever cries and her little smile is the most precious thing ever. Her most expressive faces, chubby cheeks and 10 minute stretches keep us laughing and staring at her all day. And, I still find myself looking at her in disbelief that she is all mine. The feelings on becoming a mother cannot be put into words and the love I have for her is beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. There is so much I want to teach her, adventures I want to have with her, places I want to take her, precious memories to be made with her and a deep mother daughter bond for us to share. And, though I can’t wait for all this, I want the clock to go slower so that my little darling doesn’t grow up too fast.

Even with an easy baby and a normal amount of sleep at night, being a new mom is super tiring and time consuming. And, though I may have time to get a quick dinner on the table, creating new recipes and photographing them and blogging has become a luxury I don’t have too much time for. I apologize for the scattered posts and limited visits to my favorite blogs, lets just call it my maternity leave from blogging.

Though in my free time I now prefer snuggling with Layla, reading her stories and singing to her, my passion for cooking and baking is still alive and well. And, with limited time in the kitchen I have been creating fast and delicious meals and treats that I will be able to share with you (hopefully, more so then not).

This pink candy coated popcorn may bring you back to that old fashioned pink popcorn classic that was sold in small bags with an elephant on it and whipped up at fairs or block parties. Usually a sweet treat, I took this old classic and revamped it by adding sea salt and white chocolate making it a perfect sweet and salty treat. This popcorn is easy and fast to make with any variation or color you can think of. I opted for pink in honor of my little girl but try adding orange food coloring instead with dark chocolate chips for a Halloween party snack or go for your favorite sports team colors with pretzels mixed in for game day. The possibilities are endless!

Salted Cotton Candy Popcorn with White Chocolate Chips

Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Beth Ebin
A sweet and salty treat that is perfect for parties, late night munchies and movie night.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 drops pink food coloring
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place popped popcorn in a very large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan combine sugar, half and half, corn syrup and sea salt.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is disolved.
  4. Continue to heat sugar mixture, stirring occasionally until a candy thermometer reaches 245F.
  5. Remove mixture from heat and mix in vanilla and food coloring.
  6. Pour mixture and white chocolate chips over popcorn and carefully mix toss until popcorn is evenly coated.
  7. Spread popcorn out on wax paper and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted on: 10-28-2012

    Love!! You guys are the cutest. This pink popcorn is so pretty. Salty-sweet is the best! You deserve a blogging maternity leave, but it’s nice to have you back too :-)

  2. Posted on: 10-28-2012

    Mazal tov BethMichelle!Your little one looks adorable and your popcorn so pretty.Your babypictures are so good!

  3. Posted on: 10-28-2012

    Eek congratulations! She’s adorable, as are the photos. That one with the dog is too cute! And this popcorn? Don’t get me started! So pretty, and it must be delicious.

  4. Posted on: 10-28-2012

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Layla is just beautiful…and I LOVE that last photo…one to treasure.

    PS…the popcorn looks amazing, too…but Layla Mara is the star of the show…she is precious.

  5. Posted on: 10-28-2012

    Oh Beth, she is absolutely stunning!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and it seems you are settling into motherhood beautifully!! I am so happy to hear she is sleeping for you. Anna didn’t sleep more than two hours at a time for months. We were exhausted. Reading this post just mad me gush with excitement for our new one who will be here in the next three weeks. Praying she’ll come early like Layla did. Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures with Layla. She is amazing.

  6. Posted on: 10-29-2012

    Oh BETH CONGRATS :D
    I simply love your baby she is simply gorgeous!
    And the popcorn – I am in love with your post!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Posted on: 10-29-2012

    Beth, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was wondering how you and your baby daughter were doing and I am so happy to read and see from your wonderful photography that all is well! Her name Layla is so wonderful and she looks so precious and I am really happy for you and your husband! Of course, your pink popcorn is quite cute too but your precious daughter certainly steals the show! All the very best and get plenty of rest whenever possible!

  8. Posted on: 10-29-2012

    That photo of the baby and the dog just cracks me up. Beautiful Layla – I would get nothing done whatsoever other than playing with her. Enjoy every minute. The food, the dust and everything else will wait. She won’t. :) Rest when you can and the popcorn is pretty special.

  9. Posted on: 10-29-2012

    Oh my sweetness!!! I was waiting for this post!! Beth, your little girl is soo beautiful! The last photo of all three of you is PRECIOUS! Congratulations!!!! xoxoxo

  10. Posted on: 10-29-2012

    Mazel tov, Beth! Layla is absolutely adorable. So happy to hear you are doing well (and getting some sleep!). Thank you for sharing photos! Your salty sweet pink popcorn sounds delish, too. Enjoy your maternity blog leave and savor every precious moment. :)

  11. Posted on: 11-1-2012

    How precious Beth!! Awwww!! I can’t help smiling while I see your pictures!! Layla is such a beautiful child!! Congratulations!! And I love how you made PINK popcorn too!! Perfect for baby girls! :)

  12. Posted on: 11-1-2012

    Congrats on Layla, Beth! She’s so adorable and you are lucky with “easy” baby! We had one “easy” baby (my son) then we had not so easy one (my daughter) for the second time, so ENJOY! lol. I love all the photos of Layla and family. Beautiful. I’ve never seen pink popcorn in my life. It’s just so cute and sweet just like Layla. :)

  13. Posted on: 11-1-2012

    Congratulations! What a gorgeous, gorgeous little girl with a beautiful name, Awesome pink popcorn to celebrate too, can’t wait to get making some. So happy for you guys, glad she’s getting lots of sleep too, she’s perfect =]

  14. Posted on: 11-3-2012

    Love your blog! Your baby girl is ADORABLE! And I cannot wait to try this popcorn recipe!
    -Angie
    http://www.pointedarrowfarm.blogspot.com

  15. Posted on: 1-16-2013

    Hi just wanted to know,what is half and half,sorry but i just shared this recipe on my Face Book page and we are a little confused .
    Thanks so much xxx

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-19-2013

      Hi Margarita, Half and half is a mixture of half milk and half cream.

  16. Lexie
    Posted on: 3-31-2013

    I’m wondering – how long do you suppose the popcorn would stay fresh? I’m thinking of making it wrapped up cute as wedding favours. :) but naturally I’d like to make it a but ahead of time.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-9-2013

      I would think a few days! It didnt last too long in my house, so I cant say for sure!

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