HONEYED POPCORN (with variations!)
Of the three recipes in this post, this one is the least sweet, has the fewest calories, and is easiest to make. It's a little like kettle corn--just a kiss of sweet saltiness, which makes it a great snack. The finished product can be a bit sticky, so it's wise to serve this with lots of napkins (or even individual bowls for each nosher). If this is the only snack you're serving, this recipe makes enough for about two people. If you're serving other snacks, this amount should satisfy four eaters. The recipe is easily doubled.
8 cups air-popped pop corn, freshly popped (about 1/2 cup unpopped)
2 tablespoons butter
2-3 tablespoons honey (amber summer honey works well here)
kosher salt for sprinkling on top
Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the honey, mixing well. As soon as the popcorn finishes popping, pour on the butter/honey mixture and toss well. Sprinkle on kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately!
- To emphasize the sweetness, add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract when you melt the butter.
- For a more savory dish, sprinkle on 1/4 teaspoon cumin or paprika when you add the salt.
- Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese when you add the salt.
- Try toasting 1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds and sprinkling them on when you add the salt.