Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

I was searching through websites and came upon this recipe which sounded interesting.  The most interesting idea was that it was from all things that I had at home.  I thought that the whole family could enjoy the yummy and frugal treat of some sweet popcorn for a change of pace.  I noticed that the blog referenced that she found the recipe on another blog so I clicked on Posed Perfection recipe.  This is how I loose my evenings when I find another great food blog.  Please check out her blog because all of her recipes sound great.  I can't wait to try another few but first on my list was her Sugar and Spice popcorn.

I started to make the recipe and made my changes to.  I don't think that I am a fan of nutmeg (except in pumpkin pie) so I doubled the cinnamon instead.  I love cinnamon so I almost added more but I kept it under control.  I decided that I would go with the highest amount of sugar based on a vote from my husband.  We agreed, cinnamon only, sugar and salt.  I pulled out the ingredients and measured the cinnamon and sugar. 

I decided that I was going to use my microwave popcorn popper.  I made my first batch and poured it in the big Tpperware bowl that I had set out. 

I did the second bowl and the microwave made a weird noise.  I tried to do the third one and none of the kernels popped.  I am really sad that we might have lost our microwave in this experiment.  It is one of those built in ones so I know that is going to be expensive to replace.  Back to the recipe.... umm, still don't have that air popper because I was trying to limit the amount of speciality kitchen appliances (even though I have always wanted one) so what was I going to do, scrap the whole recipe and just eat the popcorn...NOPE.

To the stove and the old fashion method.  I put a little oil in the bottom of the pan and used 4 tbsp of popcorn.  My dad used to make this for us when we were kids but I have had a microwave popper for so long, I don't think that I have ever made it on the stove.  It was fun and a little action packed because I had to stop to pour out some and the kernels were flying.

The whole time that this was going on, I was multitasking and already started melting the butter.  I usually use margarine but I had butter in the fridge so I decided to try that instead.

Then, I added the pre-measured seasoning to the completed melted butter.  It didn't mix together too well but the sugar was dissolved so I figured that it was good enough.

I was in charge of stirring and my husband was in charge of pouring the sugar mixture over the popcorn.  Minus the microwave mishap, this was the easiest recipe to make and we really loved it. 

I don't think that this picture shows how yummy this treat was but my husband and I ate the whole bowl between the two of us.  He thought that it needed it a little more of the sugar mixture (or less popcorn) which I agreed at first but the more that I ate, the more that I thought it was perfect.  With my bad stirring skills, you got a really coated piece every once in awhile and it was a real treat but it tasted like a yummy kettle corn sort of treat that we only used to get at the Fall Festivals.  I know that I will make this again even if I have to do it on the stove top again.

I hope that you try it as a special treat for your family.  I think that it is a great way to kick up popcorn to a new level!!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

4 quarts popped popcorn (1/2 C kernels)
5 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste

Mix the butter, sugar and spices until the sugar begins to melt a bit (I did it on the stovetop but you could do it in the microwave).  Pour over popped popcorn and mix very well.

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