When I say Girl Scout Cookies, what comes to mind??? I’ll tell you what comes to MY mind. SAMOAS!!!! The world’s best cookie if you ask me! This is one of the many reasons I love February. Yes, my son celebrates his birthday and of course there’s Valentine’s Day and Groundhog’s Day (ok, ok, I’m reaching with that one)! Another great thing about February is it’s a short month and we usually have off on Presidents’s Day. All wonderful things in their own right. But February is also the month we get our Girl Scout cookies!!!!
Christmas cookies are a distant memory at this point, so those colorful little boxes couldn’t arrive at a more opportune time! We are ready to eat!!! My only complaint with Girl Scout Cookies, is the size of the packaging. I mean really, the number of Samoa’s in that purple box just isn’t going to feed this family of 5!!! Inevitably, someone gets short-changed. This time it was me. Honestly, by the time it took me to pay for our cookies, our entire box of Samoa’s was gone! As in devoured, eaten, shoveled, disappeared. I stood there with my mouth agape as my family sat there licking their lips with crumbs circling them and coconut falling from their chins! Animals.
Did I get mad? No, I got even. I made a huge batch of this popcorn that tasted every bit like a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. I made it all for myself. I added sticky sweet caramel to my popped corn. That alone would’ve been divine. But to get it to taste like my favorite cookie I added toasted coconut and chopped shortbread cookies! But it wouldn’t be a Samoa without the chocolate would it? So after it came out of the oven, I channeled my inner Jackson Pollack and drizzled chocolate all over the whole heaping pile! Ha! Who had coconut all over their face now??? Me and I didn’t even wipe it off.
This popcorn was not saturated in caramel, so it stayed a bit airy – not chewy. The toasted coconut is subtle but adds some extra crunch while the shortbread cookies softened. This really does make a huge batch, so you may want to cut the recipe in half unless, like me, you and everyone around is obsessed with anything Samoa!
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