Popcorn + Peanut Bark

In her cookbook Baking Out Loud (Clarkson Potter, 2012), Miami chef Hedy Goldsmith focuses her talents on all kinds of desserts. This recipe for Popcorn + Peanut Bark is one of the simplest and most tasty in the book. Delicious dark chocolate covering protecting buttery, salty, freshly popped popcorn and peanuts: does it get any better than that? We think not.

Popcorn + Peanut Bark
Recipe from Baking Out Loud by Hedy Goldsmith

Makes 1 pound

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, (preferably Valrhona Caraibe 66%), chopped
3 cups freshly popped popcorn
½ cup salted peanuts (preferably Virginia)
Pinch of kosher salt

1. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick liner.

2. Melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over simmering water, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 4 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the popcorn, peanuts, and salt. Fold the mixture until the popcorn and peanuts are evenly coated with the chocolate.

3. Scrape the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin layer.

4. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until cold and firm. Break into small clusters and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.