Have you ever been in the mood for something sweet, but don’t have many ingredients to work with (or the energy to whip up something elaborate)? This doesn’t happen to me very often (I’ll take pasta over sweets almost any day), but when it does I never seem to have anything sweet on-hand. Despite Jonathan’s pleas (bad wife 😈), I never buy sweets or candy during our weekly grocery shops, so it’s never a question of just opening some cookies or eating an ice cream… if we want something sweet, then we gotta work for it.
I do have a few go-to desserts for which I try to make sure I always have ingredients, like chocolate cake, caramel sauce and baked apples, and today’s recipe: homemade caramel covered popcorn! In case you haven’t noticed, I like my desserts nice and easy, requiring as little ingredients (and time) as possible. This popcorn recipe is perfect for me in that it takes about 10 minutes to make, isn’t overly sweet, and can be eaten immediately or stored for the next day’s snack. One word of caution: this stuff is majorly addictive and once you see how easy it is to make, you’ll find yourself making it over and over (and over) again! Warning over, now on to the good stuff 🙂
- 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of caramel cream sauce
- Kitchen tool: large nonstick pot or pan with a tight-fitting lid
- Pour your popcorn kernels and oil into a large bowl and mix until the kernels are nice and coated in the oil*
- Transfer the kernels to your pan or pot, then heat on medium-low until you hear the kernels start to pop.
- Once the popping starts, turn the heat up a bit to accelerate the process and keep on the heat until the pops are less-frequent (about less than 1 pop every 3-4 seconds). Important: If you smell burning at all then remove the pot from the heat – no sense ruining an entire batch of popcorn to get a few more kernels popped!
- Now that your popcorn is popped, add it back into the large mixing bowl and slowly pour the caramel in until the kernels are nice and evenly coated.
- Sprinkle with sea salt, turn on Netflix and get ready to enjoy the perfect snack for binge watching Orange is the New Black 😉
*Note: this step isn’t strictly necessary but I do this each time and my popcorn pops evenly without burning, and without a bunch of un-popped kernels in the pot so I consider this to be my little trick… but feel free to skip it if you’re in a hurry!
Flick @theycalleditthediamondblog says
This is my problem with popcorn, it’s addictive. Which is a problem for me because my favourite flavour is cinnamon sugar, this looks like a good alternative but I think it would be equally dangerous in terms of addiction. I don’t do things my halves its all or nothing.
Yes, I’m the same way!! But seriously this stuff is soo good you have to make it at least once 🙂 Now I’m off to make some cinnamon sugar popcorn for the weekend; thanks for the idea 🙂
sharon martin says
This is one to try with my son, then we can enjoy munching while watching a movie.
I do love caramel covered popcorn but never thought to make it myself-it sounds pretty easy–as you say–almost too easy!!
Too easy, indeed 🙂 Though I suppose it’s still better than anything store-bought. If you want something sweet like this, always better to make it at home. You can do the same recipe, with chocolate instead of caramel. Mmmm 😉
I love this recipe. The tip to not risk burning in hope of popping a few extra kernels is perfect because I swear that my husband always takes it too far and then the overall batch is not as good. We’ll be careful!
I know, right!! There’s always that temptation to keep going as long as you’re still hearing pops. Once you do a few batches, it really comes second nature and your husband will never burn them again. Enjoy 🙂
My husband would love this! He loves popcorn so much! The caramel sounds so tasty.