Do you remember Jiffy Pop as a kid? Those little foil bowls of popcorn that you shake on the stove and if the stars align makes yummy popcorn? If the stars do not align- best case is a disgusting burned mess and worst case is probably third degree burns or a small house fire.
Well you can make pure, clean stovetop homemade popcorn without all the junky stuff in literally seconds and it is NOTHING like the yucky stuff you might remember from back in the day.
The nice thing about making your own is that it takes just as long as making a bag of popcorn and you will have almost no unpopped kernals. You really won’t believe how easy this is.
Here is whatcha need:
- 1/2 cup kernals
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (for healthy fats) substitute vegetable oil if you prefer
- Salt (optional- about 1 teaspoon or to your taste)
Now you simply put the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a deep pot that has a lid. Add the popcorn kernals. Turn the heat up to medium high and then add the lid- leaving just a tiny bit of space for steam to escape. (Not enough space for popcorn to fly at you).
It takes about 1 minute or so for the oil to get hot enough and then you will hear it popping away! Once the popping slows or stops, quickly remove from heat and put into a bowl.
The very first time I tried this is turned out absolutely perfectly with no burned stuff and not a single unpopped kernal.
This recipe makes about 3 quarts of popcorn so slightly more then you need for the recipe below.
My kids like a little butter and a little salt on their popcorn- this was a little too bland for their taste. Personally I like it just like this and with a hint of salt- very healthy snack!
Now if you want to step up your game you might consider making caramel popcorn! I love this for summer in particular because it is a fun treat for baseball games, outdoor movies, Family Movie Night etc…
This could be part of a baseball themed birthday party or movie- such as a the Sandlot. Or if you want to stop at the library and get a bunch of baseball books- make it an afternoon reading books and eating your caramel popcorn. If you add peanuts to this recipe, I think it is a lot like Cracker Jack.
(Ideas for Baseball Books for kids here.)
To make caramel corn is very simple you just want to make sure there are no distractions because you have to move quickly. I got everything set up in advance so I was ready.
Also I like to add a little more popcorn then the recipe calls for because it is a little less messy for small fingers.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ½ tea salt
- ½ tea vanilla
- ¼ tea baking soda
- 2½ quarts popcorn- microwave or make your own
- First make your popcorn and set that aside in a large baking dish (or two dishes)- you want a nice even layer not too deep.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
- Next get started on the caramel sauce.
- Add butter to a pan and place over medium low to melt.
- Once melted, add brown sugar and corn syrup and salt.
- Stir and move heat up to high.
- Bring to boil- stirring constantly.
- Once it starts to boil stop stirring for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add your vanilla and baking soda.
- Stir well and quickly pour over the popcorn.
- Try to coat the popcorn evenly and then place the baking dishes in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Be sure to stir your popcorn every 15 minutes so it doesn't burn.
- Remove from oven and enjoy!
Time to call the dentist! Ooey-gooey yummy popcorn!
This post is part of the 30 Days to a Funner Summer Series.
You can catch up with the entire series by clicking below:
- Day 1: Get Organized! How to organize children’s activity bags.
- Day 2: End of Year Surprises for Children
- Day 3: Strawberry Lemon Slushie Recipe
- Day 4: Homemade Hamburger Seasoning to AMP up your burgers
- Day 5: How to make Giant Bubble Solution
- Day 6: How to Save Money on Road Trips
- Day 7: How to Create a Summer Schedule.
- Day 8: How to make a GIANT water bed (this is so fun!)
- Day 9: Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- Day 10: 8 Ways to Get Outdoors this Summer
- Day 11: How to Calm a Child’s Room
- Day 12: How to Make Movie Night More Fun
- Day 13: Watermelon-Lime Sorbet (just 3 ingredients!)
- Day 14: Ideas for Mommy-Daughter Dates
- Day 15: DIY Dip Dye Shorts for Children
- Day 16: How to Make Bouncy Balls that really bounce!