The salty, buttery smell of popcorn that hits you as soon as you walk in the doors of the cinemas is just too hard for me to resist. Whenever I get the chance to go to the movies, I always have to buy a bucket of popcorn. I know it’s bad for me, but I just have to do it. Since I have only seem to get there once a year, I’ve been missing the hot, fresh and calorie laden popcorn, so I decided to do something about it.
A very clever friend of mine gave me the idea for this Nutty Caramel Popcorn recipe, she makes the yummiest caramel popcorn and I was eager to see if I could replicate her amazing recipe. Whilst I loved my version, especially the addition of the walnuts (although I think macadamias would be even better!) I still don’t think it’s quite as good as my friends, and will be hitting her up for her recipe the next time I see her.
In the meantime, I encourage you to give this recipe a try and I’d love to hear your thoughts. It’s simple and quick to make, perfect for a home movie night or even if you are just watching Masterchef 🙂
Nutty Caramel Popcorn
- 1/2 cup of popping corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 125 g butter - chopped into small pieces
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 cup of chopped macadamias or walnuts.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium/high heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, just add a couple of kernels and if the spin slowly in circles, your oil is hot enough.
- Add the corn kernels and cover the saucepan with a tight fitting lid (this is pretty important!). Once you hear the kernels start to pop, gently shake the saucepan as you want to move the kernels around to ensure they all cook. When the 'popping' stops, remove from the heat.
- In a small saucepan, add the butter, sugar and honey and stir over a medium high heat for approximately 8 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture come to the boil and cook uncovered for another 5 - 8 minutes stirring occasionally until the caramel has thickened.
- Add caramel and chopped nuts (I used walnuts but I thin macadamias would be even better) to popcorn and use a metal spoon to stir through caramel to coat the popcorn and nuts. Cover the bowl and set aside to cool.
Do you love the smell of popcorn too?