Saturday, April 23, 2011

Homemade Flavored Popcorn

How amazing is flavored popcorn?
This weekend, Amanda and Christian visited Steve and I. We had a great weekend and while they were here, we stopped in a tasty little flavored popcorn shop on the downtown mall.

They had amazing flavors- everything from Sour Apple to Crabbie Corn to Dill. We sampled a few and the purchased a bag. Yum!

Which got me to thinking (aka Googling); how can I make this stuff? We have a Whirley Pop, so I knew I had the "popping" part taken care of. So, this weekend I experimented with two different flavors:
Kettle Corn and Ranch Flavored Corn.

First I made the Kettle Corn- it turned out great and was very easy.
Then I tried to make the Ranch the same way and... it burned and smoked our whole house. Yuck! I tried again and the same thing happened... What was I doing wrong?  I figured it out and on the third batch, it was AMAZING.
Without further ado, the recipes:
 
Kettle Corn
Ingredients:
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used the butter flavored popcorn oil)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels

Directions:
Layer sugar, salt then unpopped kernels in a measuring cup. Heat oil in pan (I used our Whirley Pop, which makes the popping way more predictable) on medium high heat. Throw 3 kernels into the oil and wait for all 3 kernels to pop- this is how you know the oil has reached the correct temperature.  Pour the layered measuring cup of kernels (top), sugar and salt (bottom) into the Whirley Pop and start spinning the crank. It takes about 1-2 minutes for the corn to start popping, and then about another 1-2 minutes for the kernels to finish popping. Take the Whirley Pop off the heat when you hear the kernels start to slow down... and keep spinning the crank the whole time! When the corn comes off the heat, it will sort of stick together, but as it cools, a nice glaze forms on the corn and the kernels break apart easily.
Variation: You can also add any flavor of dry JELLO mix in with the sugar to make colored and flavored corn!


 Ranch Flavored Popcorn
Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used the butter flavored popcorn oil)
2 tablespoons Ranch flavored dry powder mix
*1-2 tsp black truffle oil
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels


Directions:
Heat veggie or buttered popcorn oil in pan (I used our Whirley Pop, which makes the popping way more predictable) on medium high heat. Add 1-2 tsps of black truffle oil- *this is the secret ingredient that makes this to die for! Throw 3 kernels into the oil and wait for all 3 kernels to pop- this is how you know the oil has reached the correct temperature.  Pour the plain (do not add the Ranch powder to the Whirley pop at this step- you will have a smokey, burnt mess... I speak from experience) kernels into the Whirley Pop and start spinning the crank. It takes about 1-2 minutes for the corn to start popping, and then about another 1-2 minutes for the kernels to finish popping. Take the Whirley Pop off the heat when you hear the kernels start to slow down... and keep spinning the crank the whole time! After the Whirley Pop is off of the heat, but still on the stove, open the lid and add the Ranch powder to the hot and still buttery popcorn. Shut the lid and spin the crank and shake the Whirley pop until the popcorn is well coated with the Ranch. Serve hot- it's amazing.
Variation: Any spice or flavoring that you like can be subbed for Ranch- I think Old Bay or Garlic Salt would be delish!

5 comments:

  1. Danielle, I can't wait to try these 2 different flavored popcorns!!! Oh wait, someone had me thrown out my Whirly Popper before I moved, just because it was a little broken. I know what's first on this year's Christmas list... Seriously, that kettle corn sounds absolutly FABULOUS!!! PS Didn't know that jello was used to color the popcorn!

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  2. Love that you're enjoying your Whirley Pop! Clayton is a fan of Old Bay, I like simply Lawry's seasoning salt, we'll have try Ranch now that I know the right way to make it!

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  3. I don't have any words to appreciate this post.....I am really impressed ....the person who created this post surely knew the subject well.i found your blog by googling Flavored Popcorn :) I can't wait to try it for my daughters movie night!

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  4. Mother- Thanks! Hope you enjoy making and eating it. My knowledge of the subject just comes from years of loving popcorn. There are so many combinations and varieties that could be made- if you come up with any good ones, let me know! Thanks for reading. Danielle

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  5. At our house I pour all of the popped popcorn into a brown paper grocery bag and then add some of the melted butter and then shake the popcorn all around, then add more melted butter and shake it all around and then add the salt/seasoning and shake it all around. It's mess free, coats evenly, and the paper bag absorbs some of the excess butter/oil.

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