Caramel popcorn

If there is a season for every dish which is just right for its eating, then popcorn should be enjoyed in the company of friends and family, munching away on the sofa in front of a funny movie, or eating them as a lovely snack with the children. So what would you say if we suggest making popcorn in a special way for Christmas, perhaps wrapping them up as lovely little presents? Well, today we have particularly tasty popcorn recipe for you, where the popcorn are coated in some gorgeous homemade caramel: the only ingredients we need are butter, brown sugar, and honey. The end result of our culinary adventure will not be very different from the popcorn sold in the cinema, characterized by the irresistible taste of toffee, all meltingly sweet: and what do you say to wrapping them up in some special beautifully decorated gift bags?

Ingredients

  • uncooked popcorn 100 grams
  • corn oil 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • brown sugar 150 grams
  • butter 100 grams
  • honey 60 grams
  • baking soda 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Information
30 minutes Total time
10 minutes Active time
Serves 6 persons
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Preparation

Put the popcorn in a fairly large saucepan with some sunflower oil, turn on the heat, put the lid and wait until they have all ‘popped’. Set them to one side. Take a pan with high sides and put the butter, honey and brown sugar on the heat. Keep the flame low and stir for a few minutes to help the ingredients melt and blend, then wait till they form a brown caramel colour. You will have to wait at least another 5 minutes. When the caramel starts making small bubbles, remove from the heat, add the baking soda and stir vigorously. The mixture will become very frothy. Using a ladle, pour the caramel over the popcorn. Mix well so that the popcorn is well coated. Then spread out the popcorn on a baking sheet, separate the individual corns from one another and bake at 150°C (no more - you’re not cooking, just drying!) for about ten minutes. Then remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Separate the corns from each other once again with your hands, and serve as you wish.

Tips
To make some lovely caramel popcorn gifts for relatives and friends, we suggest you buy bags, ribbons, rosettes and coloured cards: they will help to give a rather more artistic touch to your little Christmas presents.
Trivia
Popcorn were first made by an American lawyer passionate about cooking, Henry Perky: the first to commercially exploit the idea, however, was the founder of the breakfast cereal, William Kellogg.

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