Crunchy Caramel Popcorn

I love making popcorn at home, especially when my nieces are around. They will be so excited hearing those kernels popping and my younger niece will be covering her ears. Opening the lid to a FULL POT OF POPCORNS is the next best thing after seeing all their excitements. It is the easiest way to impress the kids and a fun project to do together too.

But ever since my nieces started primary school, they are quite tied up with school works and classes. It has been a long time since our last popcorn popping session, i think 3-4 years back!

Now that my daughter is 27 months old, I think it is time to let her experience the "Popcorn Making At Home" and watch her reaction.

I've always wanted to make caramel popcorn and since I already have the caramel sauce that I've made yesterday, it just make the process easier.

My daughter, just as excited as I was, we smiled at the sounds of the kernels popping. But it was quite scary at one part when few popcorns escape from the pot into the air. It just popped out in a fast pace. I am sure if one of the popcorn hit her eyes, it would caused some crying. But thankfully, nothing bad happen. We were able to munch on our popcorns happily.


Prep Time  : 10 mins
Cook Time : 1 hour
Total Time : 1 hour 10 mins
Makes       : around 2 cups

3 tbsp peanut/ canola oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
pinch of salt
1/2 cup caramel sauce

1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Lined a baking tray with grease proof sheet.

2. Heat oil in a 3L/ 3-quart pot on medium high heat. Put few popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.

3. When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels into the oil in an even layer. Cover, and remove from heat for 30 secs.
(The 30-seconds method is to ensure that all of the other kernels are at a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.)

4. Return the pot to the heat and wait for the popping sound. Once it has started popping, gently shake the pot back and forth over the stove. (This is a very important step or else your popcorn will get burnt at the bottom of pot)

5. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar for the steam to escape. The popcorn will be drier and crispier.

6. Once the popping has slows to several seconds in between pops, remove from heat and immediately transfer to a greased bowl.

7. Add a pinch of salt and roughly give it a stir. Pour in the caramel sauce and stir till all popcorns are well coated.

8. Transfer to the prepared baking tray in a thin layer. Bake for 45 mins, stirring every 15 mins. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely before breaking into pieces.

● Method of making these perfect popcorn is adapted from Simple Recipes.

● If there is any leftover, store in an airtight container.

● If you can find at your place, i would highly recommend to use "mushroom popcorn kernels" which when popped, they are rounder and bigger.

Make this recipe? Don't forget to snap a photo of it and tag #msyummyliciousrecipe on social media! I would love to see them! Enjoy my recipe!

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