Winter is the time for hot chocolate. It’s cold, we all like chocolate treats and we love being a big kid from time to time! So, we took the time to experiment with some Portlebay Popcorn inspired hot chocolate recipes and they were delicious! Have a read below, experiment and pop us a message about your hot chocolate experience! (It’ll be yummy we promise!)
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with a Splash of Rum, inspired by Lightly Salted Portlebay Popcorn
You will need:
- 25ml of spiced rum
- 2 tsp dulce de leche or thick caramel
- 250ml whole milk
- 75g milk chocolate chopped
- Sea salt
- Whipped cream to serve
Step 1: Mix the rum and dulce de leche in small bowl, until they are smooth.
Step 2: Warm the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until it starts to simmer. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and pop in the chocolate, stir until the chocolate has melted.
Step 3: Pop the saucepan back on the medium heat until warm and then add the rum mixture along with a pinch of sea salt. Pour the chocolate goodness into a mug and add the whipped cream and raspberries!
Alcoholic Raspberry Hot chocolate, inspired by Very Berry Portlebay Popcorn
You will need:
- 250ml milk
- 140g of dark chocolate chopped
- 100ml double cream
- 25ml chambord
- Whipped cream, jam and Raspberries to serve
Step 1: Add all ingredients excluding the Chambord, whipped cream and raspberries to a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
Step 2: Once the chocolate has melted continue to stir, as the mixture should thicken. Then add in the Chambord.
Step: Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream, jam and raspberries.
Chilli and Cinnamon Hot chocolate, inspired by Cinnamon Portlebay Popcorn
You will need:
- 250ml milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 150g milk or dark chocolate chopped
- whipped cream to serve
Step 1: Heat the milk and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over a medium heat, for 6-8 minutes or until boiling. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
Step 2: Strain the milk into a clean saucepan and discard any captured solids. Heat again over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until hot (don’t boil). Then reduce the heat to a lower temperature and add the chocolate. Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted and add the chilli powder.
Step 3: Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream! YUM!
Our small Portlebay Team are beaming from ear to ear, as we are delighted to announce our new service of bespoke popcorn packaging! We are even more pleased with the result of our debut for Warner Bros. The wondrous popcorn packets are supporting the preview screenings of Justice League, and the packets look very cool (if we do say so ourselves!).
The packets feature the main characters from the film, including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Jonty White, our Chief Pop-Miester, commented on the groovy popcorn packets saying: “As a premium manufacturer, we are constantly innovating and offering consumers new, exciting flavours and textures and this diversification into personalised packaging is another facet of our capabilities.
“For Warner Bros., we personalised packs of our extremely popular Sweet & Salty flavour with the movie’s characters. This was a short production run, solely for the film’s three UK preview screenings, in advance of its main release to the public in mid-November.
“Popcorn is more popular than ever and Portlebay Popcorn is one of the few artisan popcorn brands that manufactures its own premium product, with sweet, salty, spicy, smoky and even fizzy options. As such, we have the in-house capabilities to create branded, bespoke packaging and this is an area of our business which we are aiming to grow.
“We can create personalised bags of our award-winning popcorn for special occasions and events in runs of 5,000 bags and upwards. The service can be turned around in four weeks after the sign off of artwork and it offers clients a unique vehicle through which to communicate or promote key messages.”
If you would like the chance to have your very own box of these spectacular limited edition packets, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where we’ll be offering you the chance win a whole bunch of them on the 17/11/2017! Good luck!
Bored of your regular smashed avocado on toast? Fancy kicking your pancake game up a notch? Using no flour and no sugar, these banana oat pancakes are a barely naughty alternative to your regular Sunday brunch!
For 1 person you will need:
• 1 banana
• 1 egg
• 65g of rolled oats
• ½ a teaspoon of baking powder
• A pinch of salt
• A pinch of cinnamon (depending on your cinnamon taste levels)
• Whatever you would like to serve! We used maple syrup, fresh raspberries and cherries, and a sprinkling of Cinnamon Swirl Popcorn.
• Use either a blender or tonnes of elbow grease to mush up the banana and egg, and then use your remaining strength to mix in the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
• It can be as smooth as you like it – we used a blender so it was silky smooth, but I’m sure it would be just as nice with a few chunks of banana inside!
• Let the batter have a little time out for 10-20 minutes so it can thicken.
• Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, and plop in a blob of coconut oil (or any oil you prefer).
• Fry generous spoonful’s of batter on both sides until golden brown, and good enough to wolf down in one bite.
• Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and lashing of popcorn and fruit!
Easy peasey lemon squeezy!
We are Portlebay Popcorn; a small crew, tucked away in the depths of Devon, popping away our rather scrumptious popcorn. You may have seen our nautical style bags brightening up the shelves of shops, or you may already have firm favourites of our many weird but oh so wonderful flavours. But for the very unfortunate amongst you, you may not know us at all! *GASP*
Here’s a little about us to get you introduced:
We first opened our doors back in 2012, when two chaps named Jonty White and Neil Adams came together to make a popcorn company. Influenced by popcorn trends happening across the US, this motley pair wanted to make a delightful snack that is bursting with that sunny, happy feeling which only comes from eating something that is nutritious and delicious!
I know what you’re thinking, anything that you can buy at the cinema, often smothered in butter or saturated with sugar probably has the same nutritional value as a deep fried Mars Bar – and you would be right! That’s why we don’t do either of those things.
Our popcorn has half the sugar of a Pink Lady apple, we don’t use any mutant ingredients (only the good ol’ natural stuff), and it has almost half the fat of your bog standard potato crisps. That’s a win win win right there!
This blog will be dedicated to exciting popcorn news, what goes on behind our Poppery doors, and talking to you lovely lot about any questions you have about what makes us tick! Pop us a message, we’d love to hear from you 🙂