Salty Or Sweet ? What kinda popcorn do you lean towards ?
Popcorn is about as American as Chevrolet and Apple pie. Since drive-in movies began, the one favorite on the menu has been the beloved popcorn. Popcorn is not only a tasty treat, but also one that is good for you and has a lot of health benefits. Perhaps that is why it has become such a tradition across the US and for that matter to the whole world, a staple at the movies.
You don’t have to wait for a good movie and your couch to enjoy a tasty bag of popcorn, nor can you only choose buttered or salty flavors. The amazing recipes you can find to turn popcorn into an afternoon snack, a birthday party treat, or an after-dinner dessert are endless. But they are not all the same. If you want to make popcorn taste better than you ever thought it could, try these sweet and salty pleasures to tide you over or fulfill your sweet tooth.
If you are going to enjoy caramel popcorn, then go a step further to make your own caramel. Sure, using store-bought caramel is super easy, but when you make it homemade, the taste is so much creamier, fresh, and just downright delectable. Use this recipe to cook up your own batch of ooey, gooey, good!
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 2 1/2 cups dark or light brown sugar
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A super large bowl of homemade popped popcorn
Have the popcorn ready on a baking sheet so that you can pour on the hot caramel.
In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. You will want to stir it constantly. Stir it until all of the butter is melted and the mixture is consistently smooth. Turn the heat up to medium and bring the mixture to boil, and then turn it back down to simmer. You should notice that the color of the caramel will begin to turn darker.
Remove the pan from the heat entirely and add the condensed milk, the salt and vanilla extract. Stir again. While still hot, pour the caramel over the popcorn to make caramel popcorn. Make sure to store it in an airtight container, or it will become stale quickly. Pour the final product into flat bottom popcorn bags, and serve!
If you can’t have your popcorn at the theaters without following it up with Twizzlers, this is the perfect way to combine them to enjoy your movie. It only takes five minutes, and it can feed the entire crowd.
Cut up 12 Twizzler twists into inch-long pieces, or about one half cup.
Take four cups of the caramel corn made above and one cup of toasted halved pecans and spread it out on a baking sheet. Heat it in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. Once you take it out, spread the Twizzlers on top, and after it has cooled down a bit, pour it into a bowl to enjoy.
Marshmallow popcorn bars
If you like Rice Krispy treats, you will love these marshmallow popcorn bars. It only takes about ten minutes to cook up these awesome dessert bars.
- 2 tablespoon salted butter
- 1/2 cup popped corn kernels
- One 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
Butter a 9 x 11 baking dish or cover it with foil or wax paper. Melt the butter and marshmallows on low heat. Make sure to stir constantly, or the butter and marshmallows can easily burn. Once they are completely melted and mixed, add the popcorn to the mix. Stir it all together and place it on the baking sheet. Wait for it to cool and you are good to go.
If you are more of a salt-lover, then forego the caramel and try some Truffle oil, Rosemary, Garlic and Parmesan / Pecorino instead:
- 1/4 cup corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons olive oil to fry the corn
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (you can also use the flavored variety to substitute)
- 2 crushed cloves of garlic
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese or Pecorino
- Few fresh spring of Rosemary
- 1 tablespoon good quality Truffle Oil
In a sauce pan heat the Rosemary, garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once heated, turn of gas and let the flavour infuse for a few minutes. In a larger pan, heat the other 2 tablespoons olive oil and season it with some sea salt. Fry the corn and once the corn begins to pop cover with lid and shake the pan occasionally till all the corn has popped – about 2 mins.
Pour the Garlic rosemary oil it over a bowl the popped corn. Sprinkle the gated cheese, some pepper and here comes the best part.
Add a tablespoon of slightly warmed Truffle Oil and give it all a good toss.
Serve Immediately .
Popcorn is just one of those treats that you shouldn’t live without. Whether you like it salty or sweet, the perfect recipe is available to make it the tastiest treat you can imagine.