Kitchen Talks ~ Popcorn Lovin’!

A little treat from me to you!

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I was passed down this scrumptious recipe when I got married. My mother-in-law is usually labeled the “health nut” by us family; which is true, but we all benefit from it! This one snack definitely exempts her of this title!

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Popcorn is already a fun, simple, easy to prepare snack. Whether that’s for company, a party, or just to splurge for yourself.

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Now if you are one to love splurging, then this recipe is perfect, but for those who enjoy and find comfort in knowing they can make something slightly ‘healthier’ I have gone ahead and switched a few ingredients.

Step 1: Grab a medium sized mixing bowl that can be used in the microwave. I like to use my Anchor 4 Cup glass measuring bowl with an easy to grip handle.

Sugar

 

1) 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

Here I have exchanged brown sugar for a sugar less intensely sweet, Coconut Sugar. (Don’t worry, we’ll make up for the sweetness later!)

dsc_0281dsc_02892) 1/2 Cup of Butter

Agavedsc_03013) 1/4 Cup of Corn Syrup

This is where we make up for the sweet tasting goodness! I have also switched out corn syrup with a new syrup I have discovered…

dsc_0292Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup. Now let me rant a little and let you know a few details about this product.

Blue Agave is a natural sweetener extracted from the core of the Blue Agave plant. It’s smooth, delicious low glycemic syrup that is ideal for sweetening coffee, hot tea, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, cereal and more(Such like this popcorn!). It is also great in smoothies, iced tea, or cocktails as it dissolves quickly in cold beverages. Agave is easy to use in baking too…Try it wherever you would use a tabletop sugar.

-Direct quote: Wholesome Sweeteners. (Italics, mine.)

  • Non-GMO/Gluten-free/Vegan suitable, verified.
  • Organic-Natural sweetener.
  • Fairtrade.
  • 25% sweeter than regular sugar – less is more!
  • Non-crystallizing – dissolving in both cold and hot water.
  • Low glycemic – index of 39 or less, giving less of a blood sugar spike, tested.
  • 3/4 Cup Agave = 1 Cup Refined Sugar.
  • Ingredients: 100% Fairtrade Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar!

 

Seeing as you are now educated in this simple ingredient, I will continue!

dsc_03114) 1/2 tsp of Salt

I’m usually an estimator, using the palm of my hand.

dsc_0320Step 2: Microwave Sugar, Butter, Corn Syrup and Salt on high for 2-4 minutes(microwave may vary) until mixture has boiled.

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Add:

5) 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

6) 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

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Mix well with whisk, until mixture smooth-ens and turns slightly lighter in color(such like caramel sauce.)

Step 3: Dump an ice-cream pail amount of popped popcorn into a medium-large paper bag.

SauceStep 4: Pour mixture generously and evenly onto popcorn in paper bag.

StirStep 5: Stir and Shake until well coated!

Step 6: Fold up bag, so no popcorn falls out. Place one side face down in microwave. Heat for a 1/2 minute. Shake bag, keeping it folded to avoid spills. Place back into microwave on reverse side. Heat for another 1/2 minute. Shake and unfold.

dsc_0350Allow to cool for a few minutes. Pour lathered ooey-gooey goodness into ice-cream pail, or similar container size.

dsc_0358Voilà!

You’ve got yourself one tasty, delicious, splurging treat!

Full Recipe:

Caramel Corn

-1C Brown Sugar   -1/2C Butter   -1/4C Corn Syrup   -1/2tsp Salt

-1/2tsp Baking Soda   -1tsp Vanilla Extract

-Ice-cream Pail amount of Popped Popcorn!

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