January 29, 2014

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis {& Tastebuds Gourmet Popcorn GIVE-AWAY!}

Chocolate covered cherries are one of my favorite classic Valentine treats.  So why not enjoy their classic flavors in a scrumptious cocktail?  That's right! ~ Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis ... a perfect way to get your chocolate covered cherry fix, and just perfect for sharing.

I've got two ... yes, two ... sweet Valentines treats for you today that will help get your mouth a-watering for all those fabulous Valentine flavors soon headed our way!  Yes, today I'm sharing gorgeous, mouthwateringly delicious Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis ... and sharing a gourmet popcorn gift basket GIVE-AWAY with a trio of Valentine-themed popcorn flavors from my friends at Tastebuds Popcorn!

Want to see the totally yummy popcorn gift basket you could win? ... Well, of course you do!

Enter for your chance to win!

Tastebuds Gourmet Popcorn 
Valentine Gift Basket
which includes
1 package Champagne & Strawberries popcorn
1 package Hot Cinnamon popcorn
1 package Very Berry popcorn
{all packages medium-sized}

Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win!
The fine print:  Entry open from January 29, 2014 until midnight Eastern time February 5, 2014.  Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Please see full rules and restrictions in the Rafflecopter form. Sometimes the form takes a moment to load.
* This give-away has ended.  Congratulations to our winner, Melinda S.! *

Just look at Tastebuds' beautiful Champagne & Strawberries popcorn.  Isn't it pretty??

If you win the give-away, this beautiful {and delicious} popcorn will be yours!  Along with these packages of Hot Cinnamon and Very Berry, too.  I'm jealous.

My mouth is watering for Valentines flavors already!

Of course, with OVER 200 POPCORN FLAVORS, Tastebuds Popcorn has loads and loads of non-Valentine flavors to choose from, too.

Like my absolute favorite, Dill Pickle.

And my hubby's favorite, Jalapeno Ranch.

Well, just take a look at a few flavors for yourself with these photos I took at their shop:

I love, love, love going to Tastebuds' shop.  With the huge selection of fun flavors, I'm like a kid in a candy store!  Well, like a kid in a popcorn store, actually.

If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, I highly recommend you go give the folks at Tastebuds a visit.  You'll be so glad you did.  But if you don't live in the area, no worries! ... Tastebuds Popcorn is available for order online, too.  Visit Tastebuds' website today to get your popcorn package on it's way to you!

Oh, wait ... I got so excited talking about popcorn I almost forgot I have another wonderful Valentine treat to share with you today ~ my Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis!

A few weeks ago I was messin' around making chocolate martinis {like the Hot Chocolate Martini I shared a bit ago} and got inspired to mix up different variations.  I've decided I may like messin' with cocktails almost as much as I like baking!

Seriously, it was totally fun making all kinds of different cocktails.

And drinking them wasn't all that bad either.  {big grin}

Maybe I should have been a bartender!

Anyway, this Chocolate Covered Cherry version was absolutely delicious!  And is just perfect for sharin' during the Valentine season.

I dropped a maraschino cherry in the bottom of each glass, mixed up a totally tasty chocolate martini mixture ... complete with a touch of chocolate syrup ... and then added some maraschino cherry juice {from the cherry jar} to each glass.

The cherry juice gave a fabulous cherry flavor, and sunk down to the bottom of the glass ... creating a pretty little band of cherry-red at the bottom.  See?  

Probably no surprise where the name Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini came from, huh??

To add an extra special touch to this cocktail, I coated the rims of my glasses with sugar and grated chocolate.  Total yum.

Oh, and guess what?

Tastebuds Popcorn has a popcorn flavor that matches these martinis!  Of course they do.

Mmmm hmmmm ... Cherry Cordial popcorn.

Cherry coated popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate.  O. M. G.

So, have I got your mouth watering for Valentine flavors yet?  I hope so!

'Cause I know my mouth sure is watering.

Hmmm, I may just have to go grab a handful of Cherry Cordial popcorn or mix up a Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini to get it to stop.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
Source:  A Tracey original

Makes 2 martinis {just perfect for sharing!}

  • 3 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 3 oz. amaretto
  • 3 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 3 oz. Kahlua
  • 3 oz. chocolate syrup
  • 4 tsp. maraschino cherry juice {from a jar of maraschino cherries}
  • 2 maraschino cherries {plus more for garnish, if desired}
  1. Chill two martini glasses in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and drop a maraschino cherry in the bottom of each glass.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vanilla vodka, amaretto, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, and chocolate syrup; shake for about 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into prepared glasses.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice to each glass. Garnish with a cocktail pick with additional cherries, if desired.
Note:  A sugared rim with chocolate shavings adds an extra special touch to these martinis.  Simply mix a small amount of grated chocolate and granulated sugar in a shallow bowl or plate.  Moisten the rim of each glass with water and dip in the chocolate/sugar mixture to coat.  Set aside until you're ready to pour in your martinis.


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  1. Popcorn is the one snack I always have on hand. No movie is complete without popcorn

  2. I love the classic butter & salt!

  3. My favorite popcorn is caramel. When we lived in Korea, they had it in the theaters. So yummy!

  4. I love to enjoy my popcorn with extra extra butter at the movies.... :)

  5. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is while watching a movie. I love, love, love popcorn!! I also like to make it when we're camping!! So good!

  6. Leslie:
    I like popcorn with olive oil, parmesan, and sea salt.

  7. I love to put different flavored salts on my popcorn. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.

  8. I like it air popped with salt and butter. Nothing fancy just plain regular popcorn

  9. sharing & watching a movie with my grandkids

  10. I enjoy popcorn ANYTIME of the day but especially while blogging in the afternoons after a day of work.

  11. My favorite popcorn is drizzled with a mixture of butter and olive oil and sprinkled with both salt and coarse ground pepper - while watching a great movie!

  12. Martinis....who knew there were going to be so many variations of this classic drink!

  13. my favorite way to enjoy popcorn is while watching a good program or movie on TV - in the dark! also, i like to pour a little molasses onto salty, buttery popcorn and mix up - so good!

  14. I love dessert cocktails and this Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini sounds great. I can't wait to try it and I pinned it so I can try it later (seen on SaturdayNightFever)

  15. Popcorn at the movie theater with butter.

  16. I like my popcorn popped on the stove with a bit of coconut oil and a light sprinkling of Redmond Real Salt.

  17. Yum, that martini took me right back to the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. I was lucky enough to stay there for a work conference a few years ago, and they had a whole menu of chocolate themed martinis!

  18. I like popcorn either hot and buttered or cold and flavored (sweet or savory)!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  19. I like any kind of popcorn and a good movie

  20. Oh I am all about the Martini! This looks fab! I am totally pinning this one!

  21. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is cooked in organic coconut oil with lots of sea salt and share with my grandchildren.

  22. I enjoy popcorn with my husband as we just relax watching a movie or some tv.
    Usually just plain with some butter, but once in a while we'll go for special popcorn! Last time we had a mix of caramel popcorn and cinnamon toast popcorn, so very delicious!

    - Sinister.Laura@yahoo.ca

  23. We love to make campfire popcorn while camping and tell ghost stories.

  24. I Like my Popcorn with butter,parm cheese and cashews

  25. I love cheddar popcorn the most! And in a big bowl, while I sit on the couch watching a movie!

  26. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is in popcorn balls.

  27. My fave way to enjoy popcorn is prob kettle corn or buttered flavor in a big bowl while enjoying a movie at home.

  28. I love kettle corn & a good movie.

  29. I love popcorn with extra butter while watching movies at home.

  30. I love my popcorn with lots of butter and salt! Bacon salt is excellent on it too!

  31. I like my popcorn with butter and I also like white cheddar popcorn. Thank you for the chance :)
    sue-hull64 at comcast dot net
    I follow your on pinterest - suelvsbucks


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