FOOD Snacks that POP!

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Whether you’re gathering the neighborhood kids for a backyard celebration or going on a weekend hike with family, you can make fueling up for the fun easy with snacks everyone can enjoy.

Everyone loves popcorn, and this tasty treat is easy to incorporate into a wide range of nibbles perfect for summer. Popcorn’s wholesome taste makes it an excellent partner to ingredients that tease your taste buds with flavors that are sweet, salty or even zesty.

Creating a delicious trail mix to carry on an adventurous hike is a cinch when you combine fresh popcorn with your favorite sweet dried fruits and lightly salted nuts. Or, if you’re staying closer to home, use popcorn treats as a more nutritious alternative to traditional party desserts.

Each of these recipes features freshly popped popcorn paired with common ingredients that appeal to both kids and adults for summery snacks that are big on both flavor and fun. For more creative recipes that give some pop to your summer, visit www.popcorn.org.

Sweet N Salty Popcorn Pretzel Sticks

Makes 6 sticks

• 6 tablespoons peanut butter
• 6 large pretzel rods
• 3 cups popped popcorn
• Sugar sprinkles
• 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter over each pretzel, leaving a two-inch “handle” without peanut butter. Press and roll popcorn onto peanut butter to coat. Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.

For optional chocolate drizzle, place chocolate chips in small plastic bag and seal. Microwave 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted. Clip small corner from bag and squeeze to drizzle chocolate over popcorn.

Sprinkle with additional sugar sprinkles. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

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Chili Lime Popcorn Snack Mix

Yield: 1 quart
• 1 quart popped popcorn
• 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast powder
• 1 teaspoon lime juice
• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 300 F. Spread popcorn on baking sheet. Sprinkle yeast powder, lime juice, chili powder and salt over popcorn. Heat about seven minutes and toss just before serving. Serve warm.


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