Post # 175 Popcorn for Halloween Treats

October 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 175 Popcorn for Halloween Treats

Actually, this can be made for times other than Halloween but I’m putting it hear because I like popcorn a lot so the sooner I get to eat it, the better.

Way back in the misty yesteryear of time, when I started this whole blog thingy, I wrote a post on how to make the best popcorn.  It was post number 6 and here’s the link to the recipe for perfect popcorn: https://hohcopelandwj.wordpress.com/recipes-2/recipe-post-6-perfect-popcorn/

In a nutshell, put a small amount of oil in a pan, and put one or two kernels of popcorn in the pan.  Turn the heat on medium and wait for the kernels to pop.  Once they’ve popped, take them out and add no more than a half cup of your favorite popcorn.  Leave it off the heat for about 30 seconds to season the kernels, then put the pan back on the heat.  It should start popping almost immediately.  When the popping slows down, take the pan off the heat and wait until the popping stops.  Pour into a large bowl, add toppings, and eat.

Most of the time, people add butter and salt as their toppings.  But there’s a whole world of other flavors you can add to popcorn.  Each one is a different treat.  When you follow the recipe above, the corn is already very lightly coated with oil so different flavorings will stick to the popcorn easier.  If you want popcorn with a zing to it, sprinkle chili powder onto the popped corn.  If you want a savory style, sprinkle an Italian herb blend over the corn and add a light dusting of garlic powder.  If you’re after a sweet treat, sprinkle the popcorn with cinnamon sugar, or colored cake sprinkles.

Another treat for different popcorn is to melt dark chocolate and drizzle it lightly over the popped corn.  Let the chocolate cool and set and it’s a great treat.  Add nuts to the popcorn and chocolate and you’ve got a homemade version of the sweet treat, Cracker Jacks!  Or take on your next hike and call it trail mix.  Another way to add chocolate to popcorn is to toss in some mini chocolate chips while the popcorn is still warm.  The mini chips don’t quite melt all the way and it tastes wonderful!

One way to add sweetness and color is sprinkle either pre-mixed drink mix powders or instant gelatin powders over the popcorn.  Just make sure it’s a flavor everyone enjoys.  You can also add caramel sauce, either homemade or from a jar.  If you make it homemade, BE CAREFUL!!  IT WILL BE HOT!!!

If you’re a fan of air popped popcorn, getting topping to stick can be troublesome.  Dry popcorn is almost the same as Styrofoam.  I know some people who get around that by spraying the popcorn lightly with a butter spray, or a flavored cooking spray.  Sort of defeats the purpose of air popping, so I stick with the traditional method of popping corn.

I’ve known some people who will drizzle their popcorn with maple syrup and call it good.  I know some people who sprinkle their popcorn with hard cheese that they’ve ground to powder, similar to parmesan.  I know others who sprinkle their popcorn with taco seasoning.  Once you start looking around, the possibilities are endless.

Years and years ago, my little brother and I were staying with some family friends while our parents and sister were away for a weekend.  On the Friday night we were there, the lady of the house made a big bowl of popcorn for us and her own kids.  We were required to sit at the table to eat it, but she laid out a bunch of different things to put on the popcorn.  I stuck with the basics, and sprinkled mine with salt.  I was curious to see my brother sprinkle his with sugar.  I asked him how it tasted and he said it was good.  Later, I asked him what made him decide to do that and he said he thought it was salt.  I reminded him that salt normally comes in a shaker, not a bowl with spoon, but he said he forgot that.  But that was the first time I’d ever considered putting something on my popcorn that wasn’t salt.  At that time, I didn’t even like butter so for me, it was strictly salt.

Hope you enjoy your popcorn.  Let me know what you may choose to top it with!

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