You guys – it’s almost OCTOBER. Meaning, it’s almost time for scary movies, cooler weather (fingers crossed), football, and weekly Harry Potter marathons – okay, that last one probably happens every month for us. In all seriousness, fall is one of my favorite times to cook, and obviously curl up on the couch with food and movies.
Needless to say, we were thrilled when Mockingbird Station asked us to host the first night of their Hitchcocktober – Five Nights of Freight. Every Thursday in October, Mockingbird Station is showing an Alfred Hitchcock classic on the mezzanine at the Angelika, and the one we’re hosting just happens to be one of our favorites, The Birds. The best part? It’s free.
Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own food, lawn chairs (there are limited chairs available – early bird gets the worm, yanno), and blankets. The movies start a little after 8 p.m., with trivia beforehand for the chance to win prizes.
When we found out we were hosting, it should go without saying, our first thought was, what are we going to bring to eat?! When I’m at the movie, I want all the flavors – salty, sweet, crunchy, etc. We decided to combine them all into this delicious “movie” bark. This is the easiest recipe, and you can put your favorite movie treats.
We opted for M&Ms, pretzels, and homemade air-popped popcorn. I’m not sure why I haven’t been making popcorn like this all along – it is so easy, delicious, and healthier (if you don’t put it on top of chocolate) than the other stuff.
We hope if you’re in Dallas you’ll join us at Mockingbird Station on Thursday! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ll be there, so we can say hi!
xo – kels
- 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate (we used Ghiradelli)
- 10 oz. semisweet chocolate
- 1 bag M&Ms
- Handful of pretzels, roughly chopped/crushed
- Handful of popcorn
- 1 paper lunch sack
- 1/4 C corn kernels
- 2 Tblsp. butter, melted (more if desired)
- Salt, to taste
- Make the popcorn first: pour the corn kernels in a paper lunch sack. Fold the sack down two times, about an 1" per fold. Place the sack upright in the microwave, and microwave for 2 minutes, or until popping has stopped. Carefully dump popcorn into a bowl. Pour melted butter over top, season with salt, and mix.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a double broiler, melt the chocolate, being careful not to burn. Once melted, pour onto parchment-lined sheet. Using a spatula, spread chocolate into about a 9"x11" rectangle.
- Top chocolate with popcorn, M&Ms, and pretzels.
- Let bark sit for 2-3 hours, or overnight, until hardened. Break into pieces and serve!