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Jun 06

Zebra Popcorn

zebra popcorn

Thursday is the last day of school. In just a few short hours, my daughter will be a second grader.

{Hold on a sec, while I get my hanky.}

I cannot believe the change in her this year. She has learned an amazing amount. She can read, actual books. (She may not want to read, but at least she can.)

She can count money. Add and subtract. She knows what volume is. She can measure.

And, thanks to a big project she had to do, she knows all about zebras. More than I do, in fact.

Did you know that baby zebras are born with brown stripes? And that they turn black as they mature?

Zebras are herbivores that live in the grasslands of Africa. {Three big words I had no idea my seven year old could pronounce, BTW.}

I was so excited she chose the zebra as her animal for her project. You see, when she was little, she couldn’t  pronounce the “z” sound. She said “yee-bra” and “yipper” instead of zebra and zipper. She’s been able to say her z’s for quite some time now, but I still call it a yee-bra. And I always ask her if I can yip up her sweater for her.

And she usually just rolls her eyes at me now. Because she’s a grown up second grader and all.

Anyway, Jordan is in love with zebras. So much in love with them in fact that we were at the mall and came upon the popcorn store. You know, the one where they sell bags of popcorn for $7?

{Um, no. I’m not going to spend $7 for something I can make for free at home, because I already have all the ingredients.}

To avoid the impending tantrum, I told her I’d make it for her when we got home.

So I did.

This popcorn represents way more to me than just a treat that Jordan wanted. More than “hey I like zebras so I want zebra popcorn.”

This treat happened because of why Jordan was so in love with zebras.

Because one person inspired her to be so passionate about something that she wanted to know everything about it. One person helped her learn to read better. One person saw she needed help with math and got her the help she needed. I have one person to thank for this school year being as awesome as it was.

And that one person is Jordan’s teacher, the superfabulousawesomebestteacherever, Mrs. E.

Those are Jordan’s words for her. {And mine too.}

So, thanks Mrs. E., for all you do. You inspired my daughter to demand popcorn.

And to know that the popcorn was a baby because it has brown stripes, not black.

Zebra Popcorn

Ingredients:


  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 ounce bag of popped popcorn, kernels removed

  • 12 ounces (1/2 package) white almond bark or candy coating

  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips


Directions:


  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Make sure all the un-popped kernels are removed!

  2. Melt white candy coating according to package directions. Melt chocolate chips. Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper.

  3. Melt brown sugar, butter, and salt together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook, boiling, for 2-3 minutes. Pour over popcorn and stir. Add white chocolate and stir until coated. Spread out onto cookie sheet. Drizzle chocolate over the top and let harden. Break into pieces and enjoy.