We’re trying to squeeze every last but of fun into our last few days of summer. It’s been so busy that we haven’t had the chance to sneak in many movie nights; last week we settled in to enjoy season six of “Spirit Riding Free” which is live on Netflix as of August 17th. Popcorn and television/movie watching go hand in hand in this house, so we popped a bag of Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn before snuggling together on the sofa.
So glad I picked up the 12ct. “Family Size” Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn last week at Walmart because a regular sized box won’t last long with our popcorn-loving family. The new larger box provides even more delicious, high-quality snacks that you can feel good about sharing with your family. Not to mention that great buttery taste. We also printed out some of these fun “Spirit Riding Free” activities.
With vacations happening next week, we had Emma’s friend over for one last playdate before school begins and we made this delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Bark to enjoy while watching “Spirit Riding Free”. Oh my yum! Chocolate and peanut butter may just be the best flavor combination in the world and by adding buttery popcorn this treat is perfect.
Bark is a fun treat to make so it can double as an activity to do with your kids. My kids have 5 aunts and uncles so they’ve collected a ton of chocolate bunnies and crosses at Easter. I hate to waste so I had stashed them away for a project just like this. It’s always better to use what you have so I chopped up those poor bunnies and got to melting.
You’ll need a chocolate melter, double boiler or microwave to melt your chocolate. We double boiled on the stovetop because our chocolate melter was just a tad too small for this job. Tip: A bit of coconut oil will help smooth and thin the melted chocolate.
Make fun swirl patterns in the chocolate and peanut butter by using a toothpick or the sharp end of a skewer. Then just top with popcorn and a chocolate drizzle. Voilà, all done! The bark presents so beautifully and is perfect for a movie night. If you’re making a party of it, these “Spirit Riding Free” activities are perfect!
“Spirit Riding Free” is set during the 19th century in the small town of Miradero, Texas where a 12-year-old girl named Lucky (who had recently relocated from the city) encounters a wild kiger mustang named Spirit. Offspring of Spirit and Rain from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the horse is caught by wranglers and brought to be “broken” in Miradero. Lucky gradually bonds with the stallion, and frees him. Lucky also meets two other girls, Pru and Abigail, who both own horses, Chica Linda, a palomino, and Boomerang, a pinto horse, respectively. They embark on everyday adventures across the land.
- 20 oz milk or dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 bag Pop Secret microwave popcorn, popped
- In a double boiler, melt about 16 oz. of chocolate.
- Stir well, adding coconut oil to thin the chocolate.
- Microwave peanut butter for 45 seconds.
- Spread chocolate in a thin layer on a wax paper or foil lined jelly roll pan.
- Add small spoonfuls of melted peanut butter and use a toothpick to gently swirl with the chocolate.
- Top with the desired amount of popcorn (and eat the rest).
- Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the popcorn.
- Chill in the freezer for at least 45 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and cut into pieces. Serve or store in the freezer for later.