milk & cookies popcorn


It wasn't until college that I discovered that you could add things to popcorn. That means that for eighteen years--eighteen years--I was deprived of one of the world's best snack offerings imaginable. Perhaps this childhood trauma is the reason that playing around with popcorn is now one of my obsessions. Even now, I know that at 95 years old, when I can hardly see or walk or hear, I will be fiddling around with popcorn recipes, wondering if a orange chocolate bacon glaze would be disgusting or delicious and barking at my great-grandchildren to help me to the kitchen because I was on a mission from God.

Anyhow, this variation is one that I hadn't seen around on the internet. It is inspired by the milk crumb recipe from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, Milk. I know it seems like an awful lot of trouble baking for a popcorn recipe, but I recommend doubling the milk crumb part and saving some in a container so that you can add it to other desserts or snacks.

I also recommend a glass of milk to go with it, because even if you hadn't had plain milk since you were ten, you will suddenly crave it. Trust me.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (40g) milk powder, divided

2 tbsp (20g) flour

1 tbsp (6g) cornstarch

1 tbsp (12g) sugar

1/4 tsp (1g) kosher salt

2 tbsp (28g) butter, melted

1.5 oz (45g) white chocolate, melted

1 bag of microwave popcorn

1/2 container of mini Chips Ahoy.

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 250F degrees;

2.) Combine 1/4 cup (20g) milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix with a rubber or wood spatula. Add the butter slowly so that clumps start to form. Don't make them too small;

3.) Spread the clusters on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes;

4.) Once the clusters are out and cooling, crumble so that most are about 1/4 inch in diameter;

5.) Toss with the remaining milk powder, and then drizzle on the white chocolate. Let cool so that the white chocolate hardens;

6.) In the meantime, pop that popcorn;

7.) Place the popcorn in a pretty bowl. Add the Chips Ahoy cookies (I personally like to halve them). Add the Milk Crumb. Toss to Combine;

8.) Enjoy, preferably while doing something you love or watching a feel good movie like Up.