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Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn

Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

If you’ve been around our blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we love zebras here at All About Learning Press!

Maybe that’s because we have our very own Ziggy Zebra. Or maybe it’s just because we love animals with black and white stripes! Either way, you’re going to love this quick and easy snack that featuresyou guessed itzebra stripes!

Of all our ABC Snacks recipes, I think this is Ziggy Zebra’s favorite! It combines white popcorn and chocolate stripes for a yummy snack that’s fit for a zebra—or a couple of hungry preschoolers.

It sure looks like our adorable helpers were pleased with their zebra-striped popcorn, doesn’t it!

Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

Zebra-striped Popcorn

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make 5 cups of striped popcorn:

  • 5 cups of popped corn (approximately ¼ cup of kernels)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pop the corn kernels using your favorite method.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the popped corn in an even layer over the cookie sheet.
  4. Melt dark chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  5. Pour melted chocolate into a small plastic baggie.
  6. Snip one corner of the baggie to create a tiny hole.
  7. Squeeze the bag to “stripe” the popcorn with drizzled chocolate.
  8. Allow chocolate to harden.
  9. Break up your zebra-striped popcorn into chunks and enjoy!
Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

Teaching Tips

Z Is for Zebra-striped Popcorn - An ABC Snack from All About Reading

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Ruth

says:

Thanks for all the good ideas and resources.

Teresa

says:

This looks amazing! Miss 4 (and honestly, Mr.7) would love doing these crafts. And Zebra striped popcorn! YUM!

Kirsten

says:

So excited to give these a try!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Have fun, Kirsten! (I think the Ziggy striped popcorn looks especially yummy, even if one doesn’t have little ones!)

Lisa S

says:

Looks yummy and fun!

Lois Bannon

says:

I have to try this for my daughter. Her favorite animal is a zebra…along with all other black and white animals.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lois,
Enjoy! Zebra-striped popcorn is really good.

Jennifer Sommerfelt

says:

Yum!

Erin

says:

My kids love popcorn. We’ll have to try this.

Cyndi N

says:

This is my dd’s favorite way to eat popcorn! For me, it’s only perfect if the dark chocolate is drizzled over homemade kettle corn ;)

Great reminder for our “z” lesson in Sunday School. Thanks for sharing!

Jen J

says:

This sounds so yummy!

Adriane

says:

Great idea! What a fun snack!

Julie K.

says:

Yummy! Will definitely have to make this!

Lindsay

says:

That looks like a delicious idea!

Lenita

says:

Oh my goodness I want some right now. Love popcorn. Never realized how easy adding the chocolate is.

Michelle

says:

My boys adore Ziggy Zebra, I’m excited for Ziggy to show them “his snacks” and they can have snacks and talk about it with Ziggy!

Melissa

says:

Great idea! We love snack time at our homeschool! might as well include Ziggy

Melissa

says:

What a great idea!

Jaime Copley

says:

That looks fun and yummy

Tiffany

says:

My daughter would love this! I’m raising a little chocoholic.

Jade

says:

This looks good. The changllege is to keep to food off of ziggy. :)

Jade

says:

challenge

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jade,
Oh, no! We don’t want a stained Ziggy.

Robin

says:

What an adorable idea! I’m going to try this ASAP, mommy and kiddo approved.

Jenn Pineo

says:

What a great way to celebrate making it through the whole alphabet!

Rayne

says:

Great idea!

Nicole White

says:

I love this!

Jen K

says:

This looks like a great activity!

Anne Davis

says:

This looks yummy and easy.

Candace

says:

HOW FUN! I’ve only started with level 1 for my kindergarteners, but pre-reading may be a good idea for my little one who’s 3. Maybe in a year?

Emily

says:

Yum! This looks so fun!

Channel H

says:

This is pretty cute! My kid will definitely love the popcorn and I love the learning tips to go with it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, Channel! The learning tips take this recipe from just a fun snack to a learning event!

Bonnie

says:

Yum! I don’t normally make popcorn, but my daughter would love the chocolate stripes. I’ll have to try this soon.

Kristin Girod

says:

Mmmmm! We will definitely be making this! Thanks 😊

Mallory

says:

My son is obsessed with making lap corn and trying new flavors. Pumpkin spice has been a favorite lately but chocolate is always a classic.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mallory,
My family loves to add lemon-pepper seasoning or Tajinn to their popcorn. (Tajinn his a spicy/sour/salty spice mix popular down here along the southern US border.)

K Young

says:

What a great idea! Love it!

Wendy Ward

says:

I can’t wait to try it!

Wendy Ward

says:

Love it!

Sheila

says:

Yummy! We love snacks that tie into our lessons! Thank you!

Michelle

says:

Awsome! I love this idea!

Mary

says:

Awesome!!

amber

says:

This is great! I need to make learning more fun and I’m sure this would definitely help!

Esther

says:

What a fun idea! What kid doesn’t love popcorn and chocolate…and together…that’s even better!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Esther,
I know, right? Although I can think of a few adults would love it too, myself included!

Anna K

says:

Such a cute idea about the popcorn!!! Looking forward to trying it!!

Lisa Quinn

says:

This looks so fun and yummy! We are making this tomorrow! Best part, we already have everything we need.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That IS the best part, Lisa!

Miriam

says:

I’m not sure where best to ask this question: We have been happily using AAS for a few years now. I love it. My son is on Level 5 and my daughter just began Level 3. I STILL can’t distinguish between third sound of “a” and the sound of “au” and “aw”. I think it might be because I am Canadian. I can’t hear the difference on the app. Actually, they also sound like the short “o.” Any chance you could give me some pointers on how they are different–perhaps in the shape of the mouth, where the vowel sound is placed, or the duration of the sound? I sense that the “au/aw” sound maybe has the lips further forward? Thanks

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Miriam,
Hello, fellow sufferer from the Cot/Caught Merger! Would I be correct if I guessed you are from western Canada? I guess that because the Cot/Caught Merger is common in the western half of the English speaking North America. Apparently, however, this merger is slowly transitioning in more areas of North America. Maybe because a lot of American TV uses a western accent?

The Cot/Caught Merger is the merging of the the short /ŏ/ sound, the /aw/ sound, and the /ah/ sound, third sound of A. People that study dialects do note that some people say the sounds the same but can hear the difference, but others cannot even hear the difference. I am with you in not hearing the difference.

You are correct that /aw/ has the lips flared out a bit more. Also, the cheeks come in and press forward just slightly as well. Rachel’s English is a website that we refer to a lot when helping people see and hear the differences in sounds. She does excellent and very detailed videos for all the sounds of American English. This is her video for /aw/ and here is her video for /ŏ/ (or as she writes it, /ah/).

Thankfully for our children, the spelling of words with short /ŏ/ is introduced long before words with aw and au are introduced, and then there is a another delay before the third sound of A is used. Since it is common in English to have more than one way to spell a single sound (there are 9 ways to spell long /ē/!), most kids don’t have any problem with having four ways (o, au, aw, and a) to spell this single sound that we hear and use.

I hope this helps some. Please let me know if you have further questions. I find this sort of thing fascinating!

Miriam

says:

Thank you! I am in fact from Western Canada. You are even better than Henry Higgins–you didn’t even have to hear me! I notice that I feel very New York when I try to be more “caught,” lips rounded. I will check out Rachel’s English.

Jennifer Larson

says:

I’m glad I saw this! The Zebra snacks book is so fun :) And I was happy to see that most of them are really healthy.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Have fun with these snacks!

Susan

says:

Cute idea!!!

Rachael Kuhaneck

says:

This looks like a really fun and tasty recipe!!

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