Make your next friendly gathering a popping success with desserts and snacks made from a wholesome simple grain. Not only does popcorn bring out the kid in everyone, it’s a naturally healthy treat you can feel good about serving your guests. And, because it’s naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, you can rest assured that party-goers will keep popping back by for one more guilt-free bite.
What’s more, freshly popped corn makes it easy to tickle all your guests’ taste bud cravings. Salty, spicy, sweet — the options are nearly endless. Serve it up with flavors already mixed in, or let guests mix and match their own favorite toppings to create unique tastes of popcorn perfection.
These recipes make it easy to prepare crowd-pleasers for all ages ahead of time so you can focus on the fun. Find more festive popcorn recipes to help plan your next party at www.popcorn.org.
Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn
|2||quarts popped popcorn|
|1||1/2||cups pecan halves|
|1||1/3||cups granulated sugar|
|1||cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine|
|1/||2||cup light corn syrup|
|1||teaspoon coarse sea salt|
Line large, rimmed 17-by-12-inch baking pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside. Spray large glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place popcorn and nuts inside.
In medium saucepan, combine granulated sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Clip on candy thermometer and boil, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 290°F (about 15 minutes). Remove candy thermometer and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir to coat well.
Spread popcorn mixture in even layer on prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces to serve.
Store in an airtight container.
Marmalade Popcorn Balls
|Yield: 15 balls|
|1 1/2 cups sugar|
|1 1/4 cups water|
|1 cup orange marmalade|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|1/2 cup light corn syrup|
|1 teaspoon vinegar|
|5 quarts popped popcorn|
|In saucepan combine sugar, water,|
|marmalade, salt, light corn syrup and|
|vinegar. Bring to boil, stirring until|
|sugar dissolves. Cook to hard-ball|
|Pour slowly over popped popcorn and|
|mix thoroughly. Butter hands and shape|
|into 2 1/2-inch balls.|
Nutty ’n’ Natural Popcorn
|2||tablespoons sunflower seed|
|2||tablespoons walnuts or|
|4-||6||tablespoons melted margarine|
|2||1/2||quarts popped popcorn|
|2||tablespoons wheat germ|
|1||6-ounce package (1 2/3 cups)|
|Pour||melted margarine over popcorn.|
|Sprinkle||with ground nuts and wheat|
|germ;||toss to mix. Stir in dried fruits.|
From Seed to Snack
A DIY Dessert that Pops
|A||popcorn bar is||a||fun and easy way to have||guests||take||an||active role in|
|the||party.||Provide||a wide range of toppings||and||watch||them||get creative|
|dreaming||up||delicious flavor combinations.||You||can||even||host a taste test|
|and||award prizes||to the tastiest concoctions.|
|Simply||set out||a||large bowl of popcorn||and||surround||it||with smaller|
|bowls||with||various popcorn fixings. Let||each||person||fill||a||paper bag or|
|other||container||with popcorn and top or mix||with||their||desired flavorings.|
|ffi||Dried fruit (||raisins, cranberries, apricots)|
|ffi||Dried herbs||and||spices (oregano,||cinnamon,||nutmeg)|
|ffi||Nuts (pine||nuts,||peanuts, slivered||almonds,||pumpkin||seeds)|
|ffi||Small candies||(||chocolate pieces, peanut||butter||chips,||marshmallows)|