Time for Family Theater!
It’s Saturday night and the kids are watching their choice movie – The Lorax, AGAIN…and they asked if they can have popcorn. So I decided to make an extra special bowl of popcorn this time…
The crowds cheered, they went wild (a bit more than usual) and for a brief moment in time, I was the coolest mom ever!
If you enjoy your caramel popcorn from the store, or those really large canisters you get at Christmastime, then you will absolutely love this recipe.
It’s a must try and so quick and easy, all at one time!
Now I would definitely say this is not an “every movie night” experience, but it is great fun to treat the family once in a while. Keeps up morale!
It’s full of old-fashioned, let’s go to the county fair, sugary high goodness. Thankfully I only made one bowl for all of us, otherwise I would never have been able to get them to sleep.
It’s one of those foods that I have great memories associated with, so it’s kind of a comfort food for me as well. Probably not the healthiest of foods but most definitely worth treating yourself to once in a while.
This is also a great recipe to do with the kids, BUT please be mindful that it does involve HOT toffee. What I usually do, is to have Emilie help measure everything out. Then she watches me to make sure I’m everything right. Ha! After I’ve popped the popcorn and the toffee sauce is just slightly cooled, I do the pouring and she helps with the stirring.
Her favorite part is fairly obvious, it’s eating it all up!
So for your next movie night, instead of the your regular bowl of popcorn, try jazzing it up with this easy Toffee Popcorn recipe. You just might even be the coolest person ever if you do.
- 1-2 Tbls. Oil, such as canola, sunflower or vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup Popcorn kernals
- 5 Tbls. Butter
- 1/2 cup Soft Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Pinch of Salt
- For the Popcorn, in a large pot heat your oil and a few of the kernals covered over medium high heat. Once you hear the first couple of kernals start to pop, carefully add the rest of the kernals. Continue to shake your pot with lid on to keep the kernals from burning until the popping stops. Remove from heat and be careful when removing the lid, as some kernals may still pop. Place popcorn in a large bowl and try to remove any unpopped kernals.
- For the Toffee Sauce, in a small pot, melt the butter, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and pinch of salt. Stir frequently until the sugar has melted and you have a slightly thick toffee sauce. Remove from heat. Cool for about 1 minute.
- Carefully drizzle your sauce over the popcorn and stir to coat. You can eat it warm or cold. If eating cold, you need to stir it about every few minutes during the cooling down (about 20 minutes) to keep it from creating one large popcorn ball and sticking together. Best if eaten the day you make it.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.