Sunday, April 4, 2010

Caramelised Popcorn - Simple, Quick and Gluten Free!

Super sweet caramelised popcorn has to be one of the simplest and quickest snack foods to make, with the added bonus that it is gluten free.

To keep the amount of fat in this recipe to a minimum, I would suggest you pop the corn using an electric hot air popcorn machine, or in the microwave oven, instead if a pot with oil.

Parcelled into pretty bags, this also makes a nice simple gift for children's parties, fêtes and other celebrations.

Caramelised Popcorn


     1/2 Cup Popping Corn
     125gr Butter
     2 tbs Honey
     3/4 Cup White Sugar 

  1. Prepare the popcorn using your desired method.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the chopped butter, sugar and honey and stir over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved (5 minutes or so).
  3. Then increase the heat a little and bring the mixture to the boil, regularly stirring to ensure the caramel does not burn.
  4. Continue to boil and stir for approximately 5 minutes or until the mixture has a light golden colour.  Remove from the stove.
  5. Place the popped corn into a VERY large bowl, or split into two large bowls, as you will need a lot of room to stir the caramel into the corn and it gets VERY HOT.
  6. Gradually distribute the caramel over the corn by slowly drizzling the mixture over it and combine well.  I find a silicon spatula works best for this.  If any corn falls out of your bowl when mixing, DO NOT pick it up with your bare fingers as you may get quite a burn from the caramel.  Continue to stir, to break up the corn and cool it a little.
  7. Turn the mixture out onto a non-stick baking tray or lightly greased tray, pressing into a single layer if possible.  Allow to cool.
  8. Break into bite sized pieces.
  9. Enjoy...

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