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Salt & Pepper Popcorn Bars

Salt & Pepper Popcorn Bars with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Sweet & salty desserts are ubiquitous these days, playing into our oftentimes mingled sweet and salty cravings. But what about sweet, salty, AND savory? It can work, you know.

One of my all time favorite treats is Olive & Sinclair’s Salt & Pepper chocolate bar. As weird as it sounds, it just works, proving that pepper can be a major player after dinner, too. It was that idea that ultimately inspired this sweet and savory holiday mashup.

Salt & Pepper Popcorn Bars with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Enter Kettle Brand® Popcorn: Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, a savory popcorn flavor with a peppery kick. You may not initially think that this flavor would translate well into a dessert, but that just means you haven’t tried these popcorn bars.

Everyone has heard of popcorn balls: the old fashioned and oft-ridiculed holiday treat (have you ever wondered why it is that popcorn balls seem to exist only from October through December? Weird.) But they’re not exactly the most glamorous, or highly-prized holiday treat. And that’s probably because, to put it bluntly: they’re kinda lame. If I’m going to have dessert, I’m going to HAVE dessert, and gussied up popcorn really doesn’t match my idea of an indulgence.

This version, however, might just change all that. Made with marshmallows, it comes together more like a rice krispie treat, spread into a pan and cut into squares. Add to that a dark chocolate drizzle and well, these are not your momma’s popcorn balls (of that much I am most certainly sure.) Well, duh, they’re not balls – they’re bars. And that changes everything.

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