Caramel Popcorn

May 24th, 2010

Tonight I made Caramel Popcorn and it is amazingly good! A common misconception is that popcorn is bad for you. It’s actually packed with fiber and is a pretty healthy snack by itself. Of course, adding salt, butter, etc… can make it unhealthy (especially the butter used in movie theaters making it over 1000 calories), but popcorn itself is a healthy snack. I tried this recipe I found online and it is the perfect amount of sweetness. I added enough salt after it was popped to my liking, but other than that the recipe is great! It made enough for both me and jeh and the sweetness (amount of caramel) is just right. Although, when I drizzled the caramel on the popcorn, it hardened before I could grab my spoon to stir and “coat” the popcorn like in the recipe. Besides that part, it was still perfect. Here’s the recipe I used, with slight adjustments:

Caramel Popcorn

Serves 2

Ingredients:
3.5 TBLS Corn Kernels
1 tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil
Pinch of salt

Caramel Coating:
3.5 TBLS Castor or granulated Sugar
1 TBLS Butter

**Prepare more caramel if prefer very sweet popcorn.

Methods:

  1. For making popcorn, heat oil in a 3-4 quart heavy-bottom pan (I like to use one with a glass lid) on Medium heat.
  2. Add in kernels with a pinch of salt, put the lid on then remove from heat for 30 seconds (This will help the heat to distribute evenly and kernels will pop almost at the same time.) while swirling the pan a bit to make sure all kernels are coated with oil and spread out in an even layer.
  3. Return pot back to stove and open the lid slightly to release the steam. This makes for better (and drier) popcorn.
  4. Once the popping sound has ceased (when there’s several seconds between pops), remove from heat immediately and transfer popcorn into a large mixing bowl. Add salt to taste.
  5. In a saucepan, cook sugar with butter until all sugar is dissolved.
  6. Drizzle caramel over popcorn and use a spatula to stir the popcorn rapidly to coat. (When I made it, it doesn’t really “coat”. Once I drizzled the caramel with a spoon on the popcorn, it basically hardened before I can stir it around.)

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