YOU GUYS! This is the BEST CARAMEL CORN RECIPE EVER! I don’t mean to yell. I just want to be clear. You haven’t lived until you’ve had this caramel corn. It is simple to make and is a real show stopper. I have given this as teacher’s gifts, eaten it in place of birthday cake and have been accused of hoarding it for myself. If that is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
*Compensation was provided by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn via Mode MediaHave you ever had an outdoor movie night party? They are SO much fun. It’s the perfect family activity and doesn’t have to be relegated to summer! Early fall is the perfect time to pick your favorite movie and plan a watching party held right in your own backyard! Today I’m sharing tips on how you can host your own movie night!
Compensation was provided by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn via Mode Media
I’ve been thinking a lot about my “brand.” What am I all about and what do I want to share with you, my reader. I’ve been making lists and thinking about what I love. And one thing that keeps making it on to those lists is snacks. Wait, what?! Hey, turns out I love snacks. And here is a super easy one for you. On my last trip to Temecula I picked up some lavender pepper from the spice shop. I’ve been dying to use it and this just made sense. I’m trying to eat healthier snacks (but you know me, my quest for health usually lasts just for a few weeks) and popcorn is an awesome option. And so I made popcorn with lavender pepper.
It’s healthiest if you make it at home in an air popper or special microwave bowl, but it should also be noted that “lazy” is on my list of things about me. Trader Joe’s has a bag of reduced guilt popcorn that is a great base. Then all you need is some lavender pepper and sea salt. Now, I realize that you probably won’t have lavender pepper. Especially since this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. But you can pick up edible lavender on amazon or some local markets. Just add that and some fresh peppercorns to a spice mill or old coffee grinder to make your own. And be sure to taste your popcorn first to see just how salty it is before adding more.
Because I am trying to not add calories, only flavor, I usually spritz the tiniest bit of water on the popcorn to help the spices stick. Weird, I know. But it would also work to toss the popcorn with a little melted butter or olive oil. What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?
*This post is sponsored by Pop Secret. All opinions are my own.
Do you guys have family movie night? We try to but sometimes we just get started too late and end up having family TV night. Either way, the treats look the same. There is always candy. And there is always popcorn. We managed to get started early enough the other night so we got comfy on the couch and hung out together. But one thing that has always plagued us is how to get the perfect family movie night popcorn.
A love of microwave popcorn runs in my family. So much so that we refer to it as micro poco. Say it. You know you want to. I can’t tell you how much popcorn I’ve had to throw out that was burned though. Not all microwaves are created equal. And they totally lie about that “popcorn button” being an accurate way to pop a bag of popcorn. Pop Secret came out with this fun new app that will help you get the #PerfectPop and it is seriously the BEST!
It is free to download on iTunes (iPhone 5+ only – this is totally a reason to upgrade like you have been wanting to) and be warned, the kids will want to pop bags constantly. Just wait, I bet “popping bags” ends up in the urban dictionary and rappers are going to start rapping about it. You put your Pop Secret bag in the microwave and follow the instructions from the bag (note: this doesn’t work on the Kettle Corn or Sweet’n’Crunch varieties, and if you are using the snack sized bag, you have to remember to modify that setting on the app). Then all you have to do is hit start on the app and keep the phone within 3 feet of the microwave.
Using the microphone on your phone, the app listens to the popping of your bag and tells you when it is done popping. And throughout these few minutes, the app shares fun facts to keep you entertained.
While the kids had their eyes on the popcorn, I worked on putting the rest of the treats together for our family movie night. Usually they are all up in my business about when we can start the movie, but this brilliant app bought me the few minutes I needed to get everything ready.
We never skip popcorn on movie nights. But we do let the kids pick out their favorite movie candy too. Since I’m trying to be healthy, I got the 94% Fat Free Pop Secret variety and then set out sweet cherry tomatoes instead of candy. They have really helped with my sweet tooth! And I noticed the kids grabbed for them too. And not by accident. Although they were watching the movie so intently I probably could have swapped out most of the candy for vegetables and they may not have noticed. Maybe I’ll try that next time. Have you tried the app? Let me know if you do! You’ll totally say #goodbyeburnedpopcorn!
*This post is sponsored by Pop Secret but all opinions are my own. And I love this app. And micro poco.
For someone who doesn’t post a lot of holiday stuff I got totally wrapped up in Valentine’s Day this year. And most of it was last minute but I really wanted to share it. One thing that was planned out was this candy popcorn recipe that I collaborated on with Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop. Many people know her from her cupcakes and PushCakes. But she is SO much more. Twice she has made this delicious candy popcorn for parties for me and it is always a hit. And it can’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day.
This candy popcorn recipe is totally easy. I’m afraid to use a candy thermometer so that is why I wanted Kristin involved. I thought this would be too hard for me to make considering I am not a great baker. Or cook. Or dishwasher…But color me surprised when I found out all you need is popped popcorn, sugar, light corn syrup and flavored Jello! I will be making this. A lot. And then buying bigger pants.
You make an easy syrup mixture on the store and add the Jello for flavoring.
Simply pour the syrup over popped popcorn and stir to coat. Whenever I made caramel corn I buy a disposable roasting pan from the store. It makes stirring easy especially when you’ve got hot sugar your dealing with which is just waiting to coat your finger and leave you an unpleasant burn. Not that it has happened…This also makes clean up a cinch since you just throw the pan away when done instead of having to clean of that hard candy coating. But this is also wasteful. So I should really just buy a legit roasting pan. But then I would have no where to store it. And that, my friends, is my inner dialogue.
And this is my husband. I think he was feeling left out because our kids are always in posts. He wouldn’t leave until I took a picture. But he’s pretty cute so I decided to leave him in. But if your husband isn’t as cute, just skip this part.
Then you spread out the coated popcorn on a baking sheet to finish off in the oven. This steps makes it crispy instead of gooey. Gooey is fine too, but a good crunch never hurt anything. You can sort of make out some little gold hearts here. Remember when I added stars to champagne? Well I also had the edible hearts. And they just make sense to use on a Valentine’s Day snack. We added them to the popcorn before baking so they would stick to it.
8 cups popped popcorn (I have a microwavable bowl that I use with kernals but you can also use plain microwavable bags if you have to)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine – can also use butter but my food allergic son can eat it if I use his margarine = happy kid
3 TBSP light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (4 serving size) any flavor Jello – not the sugar free kind. Gross. We used cherry. Amazeballs.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with a small bit of cooking spray so it won’t stick. Set aside.
Place margarine and corn syrup in small saucepan on medium heat and stir until butter is melted. Add sugar and Jello. Stir to combine and until Jello is completely dissolved.
Bring to a boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix popped popcorn and syrup until well coated. Spread on to prepared sheet pan and spread out evenly. Bake 10 minutes. Cool. Remove from pan and break in to small pieces. Or grab huge chunks and shove them in your face.
Kristin made this peach version of candy popcorn for Lauren’s bridal shower. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Thanks for doing this post with my Kristin! Get excited. Kristin is starting a blog where she is going to share a bunch more of her tutorials. And not just on sweet treats. She is a talented lady and has lots to share!
Image of peach popcorn by Dez and Tam