· By Julia Boase
Decadant Easy Caramel Popcorn You Can Make with the Kids
Here's a fun decadent treat you can make with the kids for your next movie night or just to have bit of fun in the kitchen.
A few years ago I came across this super simple way of making popcorn in the microwave. It cuts down on mess significantly and takes no time at all to cook! Of course you could just make some plain or salted popcorn for the lunchboxes using this method too, but it's school holidays here so we're having little fun today with this decadent version.
Brown paper lunch bags
2 Tbs of popcorn kernels per child
For the Caramel
125g salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp iodised table salt
To make the popcorn:
Place 2 Tbs of popcorn kernels into a brown paper bag and cook in a 1000W microwave for between 2 and 3 mins (listen to the popping and as it it slows down your popcorn is cooked).
If you want plain popcorn you can either add some salt at this point or simply enjoy it plain. Otherwise tip the cooked popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
To make the Caramel
Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and continue to stir until golden and bubbly. Sprinkle over your salt and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and allow your caramel to cool and thicken slightly. When it's formed a nice thick pouring consistency you're ready to pour it over the popcorn.
Spoon the caramel popcorn back into your lunch bags for each child to enjoy.