Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Popcorn Day!

Before today, I had no idea that there were so many different types of popcorn to be made!  I found strawberry popcorn:
Fennel and Fern
and popcorn cake (haha):
Sweet Tooth

Here are a few delicious looking recipes for different types of popcorn:

Cinnamon Spice Popcorn
8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.  In a small skillet, heat canola oil over low heat.  Stir in honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Continue stirring a few minutes until combined and warm.
Add popcorn to a large bowl.  Pour honey syrup over popcorn and toss with a spatula to combine.  Spread popcorn on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Now, try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting!

Apple Pie Popcorn
  • 6 Quarts Caramel Corn
  • 24 Ounces White Chocolate
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Apple Pie Spice
Stir powdered sugar and spice together until fully blended. Put 3 quarts of caramel corn into a large bowl ( I do 3 quarts at a time since my bowl isn’t big enough) Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate (I do this in the microwave at 30 second intervals until it is smooth) and pour onto caramel corn. Toss (while white chocolate is still wet) with 1/2 of your powdered mix. Repeat with the other 1/2 of the popcorn, chocolate and powder. Then indulge yourself ’till the cows come home. This is a decadent fall treat!
 Gingerbread Popcorn
  • 15 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup (8 oz) butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F/121 C. Prepare two rimmed baking sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place the popped popcorn in a very large bowl. You will need plenty of room to be able to stir the popcorn around. If you don't have a bowl big enough, use two bowls and divide the popcorn in half.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and heat, stirring frequently, until the butter melts and the mixture comes to a boil
4. Once boiling, cook for five minutes, stirring frequently. After five minutes, remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda. The molasses syrup will foam up when the baking soda is added, so stir until it's well-distributed. Pour the hot syrup over the popped popcorn. Carefully stir until the popcorn is entirely coated with the syrup.
5. Spread the popcorn in a thin layer on the two baking sheets, and place in the 250 degree oven. Bake the popcorn for one hour, stirring after every 15 minutes to distribute the molasses syrup.
6. After an hour, remove the trays from the oven, stir the popcorn well once more, and allow it to cool completely.
7. Once cool, break up any large chunks into smaller pieces and enjoy! Store Gingerbread Popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


All of those recipes sound DELICIOUS!  Mmm.  I think tonight though, I'm going to stick with plain ol' popcorn with some melted butter on top!  Yum!  

Along with being popcorn day, it's also my Baba(grandma)'s birthday!
(Me & my Baba)
Hope you have a great birthday, Baba!  Today is also Roxy from Grrrfeisty's birthday!  Happy birthday Roxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxay!! AND it is also Justine from A New Beginning's birthday!!  I hope all of you have a wonderful day!

5 comments:

  1. Happy birthdays all around! I already had my popcorn, ha. I hardly ever eat popcorn too and it was on a whim that I did. I completely forgot it was today - then I remembered and thought, "OMG I have to tell Holly I ate popcorn!" because I'm slightly ridiculous like that...

    Oh, my grandpa loves Jelly Belly jelly beans and once when we were little he took my sister and I to a huge Jelly Belly store and bought us eight pounds of jelly beans. It was insane. I remember the buttered popcorn flavor being my favorite. That's kind of relevant, right? Oh, and I want that cake.

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  2. Aw! Happy Popcorn day and Happy Birthday to your Baba.

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  3. Yay for popcorn!!! and Happy Birthday to your Baba!!
    xoxoxo

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  4. Wow, this whole popcorn thing has just opened up a whole new world for me! I just discovered soup - as in, chocolate soup - as in, a litre of cream and dark chocolate melted and this can be called a meal. Yes!
    Sarah xx
    http://sockmyshoe.blogspot.com

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  5. happy brithday to your baba!! and happppy popcorn day...ive been craving cheddar popcorn for a while now :) xoxo jcd
    http://cornflakedreams.blogspot.com/

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