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Chocolaty Popcorn

 Chocolaty Popcorn
Pack this irresistible snack into wax or plastic bags and tie them shut with curling ribbons for a pretty presentation. You could also prepare a batch or two for a holiday bake sale. I guarantee it'll go quickly!
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 12 cups butter-flavored microwave popcorn
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla or white chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Place the popcorn in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan; set
  • aside. Melt chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Drizzle over popcorn.
  • Place vanilla chips and remaining shortening in a microwave-safe
  • bowl. Microwave, uncovered, at 70% power for 1 minute; stir.
  • Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until
  • smooth.
  • Drizzle over popcorn; toss gently to coat as much popcorn as
  • possible. Sprinkle with pecans. Chill until firm before breaking
  • into pieces. Yield: 16 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 1,025 calories, 71 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 1,338 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 15 g fiber, 15 g protein.