Last week I hosted the Louisiana Screening Premier of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. This is a documentary about a couple who survived 6 months on nothing but discarded food. It is an eye-opener on food waste. (If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.) I served small bags of popcorn that were the equivalent to 4 ears of corn, about 3 cups of popped corn. The popcorn was rescued from a local theatre. Imagine all the popcorn that is thrown away in all the theatres across the country. How many fields of corn is wasted? Perhaps I made my guests feel guilty because no one threw away any popcorn. Even the bags that were leftover were eagerly grabbed when I mentioned they could be used to make popcorn cookies.
Leftover Popcorn Cookies: This recipe is based on my “Bottom of the Bag Potato Chip Crumb Cookies”, remember them? It’s really simple, just be sure to pick out any loose kernels when adding in the popcorn. Don’t need any trips to the dentist!
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: There are flavored popcorn shops “popping” up all over, so think about how different flavor popcorn would change the cookies. What other chips could be added? Toffee chips are one of my favs. How about mixing chips-peanut butter and chocolate? Like it saltier? Add in 1 TBSP crushed pretzels. Think about different chip and nut combinations like white chocolate and pecans or butterscotch and peanuts. Do you like to have popcorn and candy at the movies? Use M&M’s in place of the chips or your favorite candy bar, just freeze & break into pieces. Want to dress up the cookies? Dip the cookies into melted chocolate or drizzle with caramel.
FOOD FUN: When was the last time you had a movie night? Invite friends or family over for a movie night and have everyone bring their favorite movie snack. Set up a mini-concession stand with all the goodies. Grab some vintage pop and put in an ice bucket. Throw some pillows on the floor, get comfy and enjoy. Movies are always better when shared, kind of like popcorn!