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I have waited until now to post about my Sweet and Salty Popcorn adventures. Because until now it was not what I considered perfect.
I have long adored Sweet & Salty Popcorn, a product only available in Coles. It sells for $3.26/80g pack and I don't live near a Coles supermarket, so it's a bit of a drama to get my hands on some. And then it costs a LOT more than the dollar or so for a whole pack of unpopped corn. Then I had a light bulb moment, whilst watching the Nigella Express Christmas/Celebration episode. In that episode, Nigella makes a spiced popcorn mix....with sugar and salt as two of the ingredients. Surely, I thought to myself, I could create my own Sweet and Salty popcorn. It'll be just what she does minus the other spices. Well that wasn't quite the case and this led to quite some experimenting. One was too salty, then I had a few different goes at dissolving the sugar, because despite popular opinion, you cannot dissolve sugar in butter. It doesn't work. But I have figured all of that out now. And, I have measured. Yes, a proper recipe. And it's CHEAP. And it's gluten free. And...well, it's not toooo healthy, but it's not toooo bad for you either. So here's the recipe :)
Sweet and Salty Popcorn
1/3 cup popping corn kernels
about 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoon sugar
1 soup spoon water
salt to taste
- Pop your corn as you usually would. You don't need too much oil ~ just enough to nearly cover the bottom of the pan. You will need a big pot for this. Make sure it is about a 4-6 litre pot, with a lid.
- While the corn is popping, in a small saucepan dissolve the sugar in the water over low-medium heat.
- When the sugar is nearly dissolved, add the butter and stir constantly while it melts.
- Whilst working on step 2 and 3, make sure you're listening to the popcorn. When it has slowed to nearly no pops, turn off the heat and keep the lid on.
- When the sugar and butter is ready, remove the lid from the popcorn and pour the butter mixture as evenly as possible over the popcorn.
- Turn the heat on to very low and toss the popcorn in the butter mixture for a couple of minutes. It should not be cooking, just drying the butter mixture a little bit.
- Salt the popcorn, tasting to ensure the right balance. You'll not need much, just a few grinds.
- Store in an airtight container.
There you have it. A cheap and easy snack that is really tasty. If you have a go, I'd love to know how you went, so come back and post a comment!