For popping kernels, follow instructions on package, or use 12 cups plain popped microwave popcorn (without salt or butter). Also, try substituting other types of dried fruit and nuts for the raisins and peanuts.
Tempering is the heating-and-cooling process that stabilizes chocolate, making it satiny and snappy when broken. Chocolate can only be tempered once; pour the leftover tempered chocolate from this recipe onto a baking pan to harden, then store and use as baking chocolate.
If you own a reptile or plan to adopt one, it's important to remember they need lots of phosphorous-free calcium and vitamin D in their diets. Reptiles need calcium to grow, but phosphorous negates its nutritional benefits.