Spiced caramel corn



Perfect for movie nights! Popcorn with christmas spices .Christmas in August :)

This popcorn is spiced with cinnamin, cloves and nutmeg, giving it a christmassy flavour, and has a surprisingly small amount of butter.
Because I drizzle the corn, rather than coat every popcorn cloud, with the caramel, it has less of a crunch and is less sweet than the store bought options.
Don't be tempted to cook the caramel to a dark brown colour. This will give it a burnt taste.
Feel free to add more ingredients to the caramel chopped chocolate, dried cranberries and dried fruits, even more salt for a salted caramel flavour will make it taste even more delicious.

Makes a large bowl of popcorn.
For the popcorn:
125g (1/4 bag)  of popcorn kernels
1 tsp oil

For the caramel:
50ml honey
70ml water
140ml white sugar
5ml vanilla essence
5ml cinnamin
1ml cloves
2ml nutmeg
5g butter

Pop your corn before making the caramel:
Heat a large heavy based pot on the stove. Add the oil and thinly coat the bottom of the pan.
Pour in the kernels and wait for them to sizzle, before putting on the lid.
When the fist kernels start to pop, shake the pot around to evenly distribute the kernels.
When they start to pop vigariously, turn down the heat.
Remove from the heat, when your have more than 7 seconds between pops.

Spread the popcorn onto a lightly oiled pan. Make sure that they are tightly packed together. 

For the caramel:
Place the sugar, water and honey into a high walled pot.
Stir well over a medium heat until all the sugar grains have dissolved.
Bring to the boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
The syrup will foam, and turn from light to medium golden brown.
When it gets sticky, and forms strings from the spoon, remove from the heat and add the butter and spices.
Mix well, and pour lightly over the popcorn in zig zags.

If the caramel falls in large globules onto the pan, 
you will have large blobs of hard caramel which will make it hard to chew -  so pour lightly over using a spoon if its easier.

Leave to harden for a few seconds, and using a clean spoon, mix the popcorn around to form clusters, or even roll together to form balls.

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