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BN Cuisine with Uzo’s Food Lab: Something’s Popping – Cocoa Popcorn



Posh Click (103)I read Sodas & Popcorn’s review of the 10 best summer movies of 2014 on Bella Naija and I was devastated. I was devastated because I used to be the queen of movies and I have not seen a single 1 of these movies. Even worse, I haven’t heard of some of them. All in the name of work. This adult business is so over rated I swear. I decided there and then to try to make it to the cinema and watch something. Still no luck – too much going on and no time to spare.
I decided to have a movie day all by myself – in my house. I went through my DVD collection and found 3 options I haven’t seen in eons – Om Shanti Om (huge Bollywood movie with ShahRukh Khan for eye candy), A Cook’s Tour (food travel series with culinary bad boy Anthony Bourdain) and Mahogany (with old school eye candy, Billy Dee Williams). Now that the issue of what to watch was sorted, I was all set to make regular popcorn – kettle corn style (sweet and salty) and some cold brewed iced tea to drink when I paused. I was home alone. No appointments for the rest of the day. Work done. I was having some ‘me’ time for the first time in goodness knows how long. It deserved something different and special. I switched into mad scientist mode and cocoa popcorn was the result.
It’s salty and sweet and chocolaty but not over whelming. It’s addictive. It’s easy to make. It’s pocket friendly. It’s different. It’s just amazing. After I calmed down, I sat down to write down the ingredients and quantities before I forgot. Once I was done, I decided that this would make a nice gift so I put some in a bag, tied with ribbon and sent off to a pregnant friend who has all sorts of cravings. Then I settled down to enjoy my movies.

To make enough popcorn for 4 people (in theory),you will need:
1 cup popping corn
½ cup coconut oil (you can use vegetable or canola oil instead but the coconut oil adds something to the flavor that I love)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons drinking cocoa powder (I used Milo)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (the kind used for baking)
6 tablespoons icing sugar

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How To
Add popping corn and coconut oil into a large pot. Stir well and ensure all the corn kernels are coated with the oil.

In a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and set aside.4
Place pot on high heat with lid fitted securely and stand back. The corn will start popping one kernel at the time, then pick up speed, then slow down again to popping one kernel at a time. Once it gets to this stage, turn the heat off so you don’t have some burnt kernels.

Leave the pot covered for at least 3 minutes since the residual heat will keep some kernels popping. Being hit in the face by stray hot popcorn is very very painful. Believe me.

Open the pot and add the mixed powdered ingredients and stir. Make sure you coat all the popcorn with the powdered mix

Transfer to a bowl and enjoy with lots of napkins at the ready.



Uzo Orimalade is the head baker at Cupcake Couture – a boutique bakery and creative director of Uzo’s Food Labs – a culinary studio. She also hosts Friday Food on The Spot on EbonyLifeTV. When she isn’t in her food lab, her head is almost always buried in a book. Visit her blog:


  1. DocDeola

    October 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Uzo, have you come across the Joe&Seph luxury pop corn brand…they are amazing and have huge variety, their base is caramel though i.e folding caramel through once popping is done – i think the fantastic one they do is make caramel, add crunchy peanut butter instead of butter at the end of caramel, and then fold the warm peanut butter caramel into the popcorn – it’s amazing stuff!!

    • Uzo

      November 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      I have to try that brand. It’s Garretts of Chicago that makes me weak. Have you tried that brand?

    • Ebi

      November 5, 2014 at 2:16 am

      OMG Yasssssss they’re the bomb

  2. Taiwo

    October 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh!! Definitely making this for my boys

  3. fadekemi

    November 1, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Can’t wait to try this out


    November 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’m for trying something different and the good thing is that this recipe is very straight forward. Thanks so very much Uzo and I love the presentation

  5. ify

    November 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Very nice Uzo! Looks yummy! Definitely one to try! :-).

  6. maureen

    November 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Uzo, your profile keeps rising…go girl!!

  7. victoria omoluwa

    November 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Nice one Uzo! Will definately try it out. Thanks.

  8. Louda

    November 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Uzo for this sharp sharp snack for people like me who like to nibble on something late in the evening while watching my TV. I prefer salted popcorn to sugar coated. Can I use salt instead of icing sugar?

    • Uzo

      November 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Yes you can 🙂

  9. madam

    November 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    please bella i would love to have the recipe for goat meat pepper soup.

    • Fountain of Paper

      November 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Have you tried typing those words into the Google Bar?

    • madam

      November 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      i want a recipe with illustrations, that people ve tried

  10. David Adeleke

    November 6, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Nice word play with the post title… -David Adeleke (

  11. modupe

    June 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love ur creativity,I want to do my cooking classes with you.

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