Friday, April 1, 2011

Popcorn and a movie!

For the last few days I have been debating on what to make today.  At first I planned on making some sort of fake out dinner or dessert, you know cause it is April Fool's Day...but I decided I didn't feel like going through all of the effort this year.  I wanted to make something quick and simple, I wanted something sweet and salty, I wanted something crunchy that you could eat with your hands.  That's it! Popcorn...but not just any popcorn.  I based this popcorn on a recipe on Picky Palate's site for Snicker Doodle Popcorn with White Chocolate Drizzle.  It looked delicious and was the perfect snack for our "Girl Party" today.  It was just us girls today at home and Tangled just came out on we just had to watch it...and make some popcorn, apparently this makes it a party, or so my daughter says.

Note the cream...I left mine out because I felt the white chocolate chips didn't need it with how thin the caramel sauce was...

After your popcorn is popped and properly buttered, sprinkle on some sugar and salt!

Drizzle on the melted white chocolate and caramel.

Top with a little bit more sea salt and let sit until the white chocolate caramel sauce is hardened.

White Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn
based on Picky Palate's recipe

3 Tbsp. canola oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
4 Tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. sea salt, divided
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup caramel sauce
2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  When hot, add one popcorn kernel to test if it is hot enough yet or not.  When it pops, you are ready, add all the other kernels and place the lid on the pot.  Cook with the lid on until the popping slows or stops, same as you would with the microwave popcorn.  It takes a couple of minutes max, so don't wander away!!  When it is done, pour the popped corn into a big bowl and pour melted butter over the top.  Mix, then add the sugar and 1 Tbsp. of the sea salt.  Mix again.  Pour out onto a silicone lined baking sheet.  In a double broiler or in the microwave, melt the white chocolate chips and then mix in the caramel sauce.  Drizzle over the popcorn, sprinkle on the last Tbsp. of sea salt and let sit until solidified.  It took a while for mine, like an hour so make this popcorn well ahead of time!

Place in a giant bowl to be shared among the group and Enjoy!

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