RECIPE: Simply Sweet Popcorn

For the last couple years or so, my hunny and I have been cooking our popcorn on the stovetop - just in a pot with some extra virgin olive oil. Everybody loves it (even when it's stale, oddly enough). About a month ago, he decided to put a sugary twist on his perfected recipe. It took a number of different batches, but we are very proud to announce that it's DONE and ready to be shared!

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You'll Need:

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  • rubber spatula
  • 3/4 cup yellow corn
  • oven mitts
  • large pot w/ cover
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pot and a tad more)

We figured out how much popcorn to use by employing this trick: before you begin, cover the bottom of the pot with kernels. Then put the kernels in a measuring cup to see how much you use.  For this sugary recipe it is best to back off a little bit on the popcorn quantity otherwise you end up with a burnt mess.  So if you could use 7/8ths cup, use 6/8 (3/4) instead. We have had the best luck keeping it at a constant Medium High temp from start to finish.

Directions:

  1. After you've poured enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot, add just a smidge more
  2. Turn the heat to medium/high and drop in a few kernels. Cover.
  3. Remove pot from heat after the kernels have popped (do NOT change the setting for the burner)
  4. Quickly add brown sugar and stir with rubber spatula  (BE CAREFUL BUT MOVE QUICKLY)
  5. Distribute sugar evenly and add the remaining popcorn kernels
  6. Slosh around everything inside the pot to coat the popcorn evenly and then stir.
  7. Cover and return to the heat. (It will not cook as rapidly as it would without the sugar, so don't be tempted to crank the heat up.)
  8. As soon as you smell the slightest smell of burning, pull the pot off the heat, shake, and REMOVE THE COVER.
  9. Popcorn will continue to pop (be careful!) so if it's already burnt at this point, things will just get worse.  Get it out of the pot ASAP!
  10. Let cool.
  11. Eat til you pop!

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It gets all crunchy kinda like Cracker Jack. SO yummy. Check out the action from one of our test batches: