Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn & The Holiday Yacht Parade

16 Dec

The weekend before Christmas is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It’s packed with a couple much-loved events that get me off my laptop and away from the gym for a couple of days. The first of which is the Marina del Rey holiday boat parade & fireworks, a long standing tradition and cause of celebration among my best friends and I. Each year, everybody brings their favorite bottle of wine and whips up a bunch of appetizers to snack on before we head downstairs to watch a quick firework show and a lineup of incredible yachts, all dressed up in their holiday finery. Despite the fact that we have fireworks in December and the most insanely drool-worthy boats ever, the real party is always the food and drinks beforehand. There’s usually a lot of rap music, dancing, laughing (duh) and general stupidity (duh), most of which lasts throughout the night.

This year I’ve been extra into dark chocolate, so I made a bunch of deserts including a healthy and vegan spin on the famous Neiman Marcus cookie, a homemade dark chocolate dipped graham cracker, Almond Joy Bark, and a couple other random things, but my favorite ended up being the result of having a lot of leftover spare parts: Healthy Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn (recipe below). Melted dark chocolate, peanut butter, and sea salt made this air popped popcorn deliciously addictive, and so much healthier than it tastes!




Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Pop Corn

  • 3-4 tbsp dark chocolate chips (few reserved)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • handful roasted peanuts
  • 3-4 tbsp popcorn kernels
  • kosher sea salt

To air-pop popcorn without using microwavable popcorn (the lining of the bag is questionably full of health risks, so I opt to avoid), simply put 3-4 tbsp of kernels in a paper bag, fold the top of the bag over a couple of times until sealed shut, and microwave around 2 minutes or until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. Lay out evenly on parchment paper.

Meanwhile, put the dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds at a time at 50% power, stirring in between each interval. It should take around 2 minutes to melt the chocolate into a liquid consistency.  Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn- you’ll probably have leftover chocolate (I trust you’ll put it to good use elsewhere).

In a small bowl, microwave the peanut butter and coconut oil for 30 seconds at a time until the oil is melted, and whisk together with a fork. Drizzle over the popcorn. Add peanuts and dark chocolate chips as you please, give the popcorn a good shake of sea salt and let cool for about an hour, then go to town.


You know you’re in for a great night when this is your December sunset:


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And when your holiday party includes yachts, Christmas lights, and Phil Jackson:




We watched the boats float by from big comfy leather couches while sipping wine, singing along with the DJ and being generally amused with the scenery.



couchlarge3Erin shows off a couple of her favorite dance moves:



Another perfect night at the beach, and one of my favorite festive traditions.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?




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