4.08.2011

A crunchy craving


The other night I had a serious craving for a snack that was sweet and salty. I thought about baking but I just couldn’t muster the energy to actually get off the couch and whip, beat and mix anything in a bowl!
So my next thought was popcorn - not the regular kind, but the most deliciously sweet, salty, sticky and crunchy caramelised popcorn. I aptly named this creation: sea salt and caramel popcorn.
The combination of dark, rich vanilla-scented caramel with a hint of saltiness was the perfect answer to my lazy cravings. It was ridiculously simple to make and even easier to eat!

sea salt and caramel popcorn

70g (about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels)
50g sugar
1/2 honey
80ml water
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 ml (1/2 tbsp) cream (you don’t need this but it adds a softness to the caramel)
1 tsp sea salt

First line a baking sheet with baking paper.  Make popcorn – I used an air popper but you can also use a stovetop method. Keep popcorn in a large bowl. For the caramel, place a small pot on medium heat. Add sugar, honey, water*, butter and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves – let it come to the boil (don’t stir) and cook until golden/caramel coloured. Add in cream  and cook until thick.  Take off heat and add sea salt. Pour caramel over popcorn – mix through and place onto baking sheet.

The popcorn will keep for a few days in a sealed container but I didn’t have any left to keep!

Note: I used a small amount of caramel – my main reason for this is that I wanted to indulge but not overindulge. 
*not all caramels use water but I used it instead of using more butter.




14 comments:

  1. ohhhh man that sounds like the most perfect snack!

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  2. I often crave things that are chewy.. but next time I have a crunchy craving I will use up the rest of my popcorn and make this!

    I'm also a big fan of popcorn cooked in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I bet that would be good with some sea salt too. (Not much easier to clean up though.)

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  3. That snack looks amazing - such beautiful photography! I can't wait to have a girls movie night and whip up a batch of this!

    Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

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  4. your photos are gorgeous :)
    so wish i have a bowl of that when i watch tv tonight!!!!

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  5. I would probably try and get someone else clean this...but would so THOROUGHLY enjoy devouring this!

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  6. Mmmmmmm! What a lovely mix of flavors! (I hate cleaning a melted caramel pot too! lol)

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  7. I do a spiced popcorn with cumin, coriander & chilli powder but I've never tried salted caramel, it's just meant to be isn't it. I don't know why it's not available in the cinema, you should patent it!;)

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  8. Beautiful! This looks incredible and nicely balanced between sweet and salt!

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  9. Darling...this looks so delicious. My kids are always looking for popcorn and family movie night. Next family movie night, your popcorn it is!!! love you. neen.

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  10. Wow - such lovely words! Thanks friends.

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  11. Sounds like you did get up and mix and make, and I'm very grateful for your efforts. This recipe looks fantastic.

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  12. Hi,
    This looks delicious! I just have a quick question- the recipe calls for "1/2 honey." Is there supposed to be a unit with that?

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  13. Oops! It's supposed to be 1/2 tablespoon of honey. Enjoy your popcorn!

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  14. This is exactly I am looking for... Other day for the very first time I popped some pop corns....It was more of an experiment to check whether it will pop or not...Now I am looking for variety of flavors that I can add...

    Your photography style is gorgeous.....Loved this blog...:)

    Ann.

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