You may know Krystal Keith as the singer of the sweet father/daughter wedding dance song, “Daddy Dance With Me,” which she wrote for her own wedding as a surprise for dad Toby Keith. Or maybe you know her from her official debut single, “Get Your Redneck On.” [Get it here!] But did you know she’s also super talented in the kitchen? Krystal’s been creating delicious meals from family recipes for years and featuring them in her blog, The Barnyard Bistro. But now she’s sharing some of them exclusively with Great American Country! Check back with us every Tuesday for a new recipe from Krystal.
“This is one of my favorite movie night snacks,” says Krystal. “My household might as well buy popcorn kernels in bulk with the amount of popcorn we go through. My great-grandmother bought me an old fashioned popcorn machine for Christmas a few years back and it has a permanent place on my counter top because we use it almost nightly. I love switching the salty snack up and turning it into a sweet treat.”
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1 Tbsp coconut oil (other oils will work, I just like the hint of coconut you get with this oil)
2 blocks vanilla almond bark
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid (the lid is very important!). Once the oil is hot, add kernels and cover with the lid. Once you start hearing pops, gently shake the pot back and forth, as well as side to side, to help turn and rotate the kernels. Continue shaking every 15 seconds or so until the pops stop. Immediately remove popcorn from the pot and let cool completely.
While the popcorn is cooling, heat the 2 blocks of vanilla almond bark for 90 seconds in the microwave; carefully remove them from the microwave and stir. Spread the popcorn out on a piece of parchment or wax paper. Get a spoonful of almond bark and slowly pour it, starting 6 or more inches above the popcorn in a swishing motion to drizzle over it. Repeat until you have used all the almond bark over the popcorn, working quickly. “Sprinkle” the sprinkles over the coated popcorn. Let the almond bark cool and harden. Once hardened, toss it in a bowl with your hands to help break it up.
Note: Feel free to skip the step of making popcorn in a pot by just popping a bag or two of plain, unsalted microwave popcorn. However, there is no comparison to fresh homemade popcorn!