This ended up being more of an educational experimentation exercise than a tastiest cookie creation exercise...but I can now share a few lessons that may benefit the public at large! I thought the result was creative for the process it took to get to the end result, and the fact that I have never had a cookie with popcorn and coffee in it (tasty!).
My original vision was to find a way to create a moldable, solidifying structure using some mix of ingredients...and a blowtorch. The blowtorch was partially motivated by my lack of proper oven access. I started with a basic no-bake cookie recipe of 1 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, 1.5 cup oats, 0.5 teaspoon vanilla, and melted (via blowtorch) chocolate chips to desired consistency. I thought about using the peanut butter I had, as suggested by the recipe, but it seemed like a bad idea if I wanted solidifying structure since it was natural peanut butter and contained lots of oil.
From there, I did some experimentation with ingredients. I thought pretzel sticks would work well for a skeleton with the sticky batter I had made. This lead me to see if I could build up a human form. Unfortunately, the batter was too soft while it was sticky enough to adhere to the pretzels. So, naturally, I tried to torch the batter to see if I could "bake" it to solidification...It mostly got burnt and melted:
The apparatus shown was built as a custom piece for this project.
Since that seemed to flop, and since I was already using the torch, I decided it would be neat if I could pop popcorn in the batter to get that explosive flavor right in the batter (I was also thinking it would make for a good battle scene if I was successful with the human form making)...this lead to more fire and a very disappointing "popping" of the kernels:
More torch experimentation with adding oil and breadcrumbs ensued, with less than successful results (yes, I was a little torch-happy) As it was getting late, coffee sounded pretty desirable. So, why not, coffee was now an ingredient. From the popcorn and the pretzels and the lack of bacon fat that may have been tasty with the sage, I came up with what I found to be a satisfying end product. The Salty Mocha Popcorn Pop was born from finding that mixing the popped popcorn in the batter was a pretty great texture, using the pretzel sticks as a handle, and adding coffee (which is not bacon, but still seems to make everything better...when you are tired enough).
1 cup sugar, pinch of salt, 1.5 cup oats, 0.5 teaspoon vanilla, melted (probably not via blowtorch) dark chocolate chips to desired consistency (half cup maybe), coffee grounds (amount varies with level of tiredness), pretzel sticks, popcorn, and love...or other, more disappointed in torch performance emotions.