Whether you’re alone or with a group, watching Netflix marathons requires good snacks. Popcorn’s always a solid choice (it is the snack of the movies), but what if there was something even better than that? Next time you find yourself reaching for those kernels, kick your average snack up a notch by adding some sweet caramel goodness. Nothing beats a day spent watching Game of Thrones, curled up on your couch next to a bowl of sugary popcorn.
SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN
WHAT YOU NEED FOR POPCORN
- ¾ cup popcorn kernels
- 1 cup peanuts, roasted & unsalted
- Veggie oil
- Kosher salt
WHAT YOU NEED FOR CARAMEL SAUCE
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or French sea salt
WHAT YOU DO
- Preheat oven to 250F.
- Preheat a large, heavy bottom pot over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes.
- Add the popcorn and cook, shaking the pot every few minutes, until all the corn has popped.
- Make the caramel sauce by adding the sugar and water to a small pot and cooking over medium heat until most of the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Give the mixture a little stir if the sugar at the bottom has not dissolved.
- Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the color of the liquid becomes dark amber or like dark maple syrup. Mixture will burn really quickly around that temperature, so take it off the heat as soon as it gets to that color.
- Carefully whisk in the cream. The mixture will bubble and possibly stiffen up, but keep whisking and it will smooth out.
- Add the butter and put back over low heat, whisking until all the butter dissolves. Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
- Take off heat and set aside. You can store this sauce in the fridge for 2 weeks.
- Toss the popcorn in a large bowl with the peanuts and pour over the caramel sauce. Use wooden spoons, not your hands, to coat everything evenly.
- Cover a sheet pan with a layer of parchment paper and make one even layer with the popcorn.
- Bake for 60 minutes, but stir the mixture every 15 minutes on the sheet pan to make sure it bakes evenly. After 1 hour, take out of the oven, the popcorn will get crunchy and harden at room temperature. Use your hands to break it up. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Flavcity