Oh Harry&David, why o’ why must your Moose Munch be so costly (both financially and calorie wise?).  Can’t a girl get some chocolate covered popcorn without breaking the bank (or the scale)?

To that I say, “Yes, yes you can.”

First things first: Make air popped popcorn. No need to butter/oil this popcorn. It will get plenty of love later on.

Then, melt chocolate chips {I used Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet} in a double boiler. I always throw in a little Spectrum shortening with it (or butter if you are not Dairy Free). Remove the chocolate from the heat before it is completely melted, but continue to stir it. You don’t want to burn the chocolate, or it will become clumpy and irreversibly weird. Believe me. Its sad.

Put the popcorn in a large bowl.  Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Toss in extras such as: dried fruit {craisens, raisens, blueberry}, nuts {walnuts, pecans, honey roasted peanuts}, etc.  Let your imagination soar!

Sprinkle on some salt if desired.  Stir to coat the popcorn and the extras.  Spread the popcorn out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Let the chocolate harden. Then, enjoy your own Moose Munch!

My popcorn was only partially chocolate covered, but that was the way I intended it.  I did half a batch with craisens mixed in, and the other half with walnuts. And of course some extra salt. YUM.

Was it as good as the Moose Munch from Harry&David?  Honestly, no. But again, that is because I didn’t slather it in chocolate.  If you want the full effect, pour on more melted chocolate to fully coat.

~Enjoy

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