Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kettle Corn With Brown Sugar


It's not like there aren't already enough sweets this time of year, but I got the hankering to make some kettle corn. I'd never done it before and that made it even more appealing because I love trying something new. I wanted to make it with brown sugar to give it the taste of caramel popcorn with out the work of making popcorn balls. I first started with this recipe from allrecipes.com. The recipe calls for white sugar, but it says that you can use brown sugar instead. Not so, at least, not according to the same directions. In the recipe it says that you just heat the oil in a large pot and then put in the popcorn and sugar and shake it till while it pops. I tried this three times and each time brown sugar got to hot and burned... not to mention, the brown sugar somehow slowed the popping of the kernels as well so the popcorn was burnt. Okay, after three failed tries, I was bound and determined to make some kettle corn!

Here's a nice recipe I found for kettle corn made with brown sugar (it's complete with pictures and tips). You have to pop the popcorn first in a pot and in a separate saucepan, heat brown sugar, a bit of oil and water until it boils and then allow it to simmer. Next, pour the brown sugar mixture over the popped popcorn.

Brown Sugar Kettle Corn

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
oil

Brown Sugar sauce:
2 T oil
2 T water
2/3 cup brown sugar
salt to taste.

Directions: In a large pot, add oil to cover the bottom. Heat oil on med high heat. Drop one kernel in the pot and shake until it pops. Now add the rest of the popcorn and continue to shake on over heat until the popping slows to 3 seconds in between pops. Remove from heat and put in large bowl. In a small saucepan, combine oil, water, and brown sugar and bring to a boil on med high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for three minutes. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir to distribute evenly. Sprinkle popcorn with salt and stir. Enjoy. Makes about 6-8 cups of popcorn.

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