Honey Caramel Popcorn

I think we can all agree that this time of year is crazy!  And perhaps from time to time we forget to eat a “real meal” because we’re just so busy.  Don’t feel bad though, I definitely ate some (A LOT) of this popcorn for lunch.  It all balances out if you eat a salad for dinner…. right?

There’s only 4 ingredients in this recipe, 5 if you count the oil you cook it in.  And it only takes 10 minutes to make.  For real.

Want to impress someone without too much effort?  Then this recipe is for you.  Look at that beautiful golden honey.  I’m impressed already, and this is only halfway through!

Maybe you’re just in serious need of a girls night in.  Picture this popcorn paired with your favourite romance  or comedy, and a few of your besties.  I think my copy of A Walk To Remember is calling out to me for a re-watch.  Shhh, don’t judge me, it’s one of my guilty pleasures.  Maybe yours is The Notebook, Bridget Jones’s Diary or Legally Blonde?  Whatever it is, I promise I won’t judge.

This popcorn would make a great gift for those “oh gosh I haven’t got them anything” moments.  Pop it in a cute jar, add a bow.  They’ll totally thank you for taking the time to make them such a delicious gift.

You could even bring this as your “plate of food” to a Christmas party.  Better make extra though, it won’t last long.

Honey Caramel Popcorn

1/2 cup popping corn
5 tbs oil

3/4 cup sugar
125g Nuttelex
2 tbs honey

Place the oil in a 2 litre saucepan and heat slowly.  You can test that the oil is hot enough by putting in a couple of kernels of corn.  When they start to spin slowly, you’re good to go.

Place the remaining popcorn in the saucepan and cover.  Shake the saucepan back and forth until the popping slows to an almost stop.  Remove from heat.  By now any remaining unpopped kernels should now have popped from the heat that still remains inside the saucepan.

Empty the popcorn out into a bowl or onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Allow it to cool.

While the popcorn is cooling, place the sugar, Nuttelex and honey in a small saucepan.  Stir continually with a metal whisk, over a low heat until sugar dissolves, and Nuttelex is melted.  It is important that you do not stop stirring, or the sugar and honey will burn and stick to the bottom of your saucepan.

Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted, boil (uncovered) for 4-5 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour over the popcorn.  Mix it through thoroughly to be sure you coat all the popcorn evenly.  Once it has cooled, break it into pieces.

Popcorn will last about 3-5 days  in an air tight container… unless you eat it all first.  And of course, it is best (in my opinion) when eaten the day it’s made.



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