Step into the delightful world of Maple Popcorn, a sweet and crunchy snack that's sure to bring a smile to your face. This simple recipe combines the light, airy texture of popcorn with the rich, warm flavor of maple syrup. Ready to indulge your sweet tooth? Let's get popping!
If you're a popcorn lover and an avid snacker, you're in for a real treat with our Caramel Popcorn recipe. This isn't your run-of-the-mill popcorn; it's a delightful spin on classic Maple Popcorn. While it's a treat you can savor all year round, it truly shines during fall when maple flavor comes into its own. This scrumptious recipe is not just a snack, it's a gift – perfect for holiday giving or as a star attraction at fall carnivals. Get ready for your snacking experience to be revolutionized with this irresistible caramel popcorn.
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- Canola Oil
- Popping Corn
- Maple Syrup
- Baking Soda
See recipe card for quantities.
Popping the Corn
In a large pan, heat the canola oil. Once it's hot, add the popping corn and cover the pan with a lid. Shake the pan occasionally to ensure even cooking. When the popping has nearly stopped, remove the pan from the heat.
Maple Caramel Preparation
In another pan, melt the butter, maple syrup, and salt together while stirring gently. When the mixture starts to boil, cook it on medium-low heat until it reaches 280-290°F. Stir in the baking soda.
Pouring Caramel over Popcorn
Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and mix well.
Spreading Popcorn on Sheet
Spread the maple-coated popcorn onto the lined baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 230°F, bake the popcorn for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Cooling and Enjoying
Remove from the oven and let it cool down before enjoying your maple popcorn!
Hint: When preparing the caramel, it's important to reach the correct temperature of 280-290°F (137-143°C). This is the "soft-crack stage" in candy making, where the syrup will form firm but pliable threads in cold water. Using a candy or digital thermometer will help ensure accuracy. Remember, the caramel will continue to cook a bit after removing from heat, so aim for the lower end of this temperature range to avoid overly hard caramel.
For those seeking diet-specific alternatives, consider the following:
- For a vegan-friendly version, swap out butter for coconut oil or a vegan butter substitute.
- For a healthier alternative, consider using air-popped popcorn instead of oil-popped.
Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your taste:
- For a spicy kick, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the caramel mixture.
- For a fun twist, mix in some roasted nuts or dried fruits with the popcorn.
- For a chocolate touch, drizzle the finished popcorn with melted dark chocolate.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: To measure ingredients correctly.
Popping the Corn:
- Pan with Lid: To pop corn evenly and safely.
- Mixing Bowls: To transfer popped corn.
- Parchment Paper: To line the baking sheet for easy cleanup.
- Saucepan: To melt and mix butter, syrup, and salt.
- Wooden Spoon: For stirring the mixture without scratching the pan.
- Candy Thermometer: To measure the temperature of the caramel.
- Oven Mitts: To handle hot baking sheets and pans.
Most Useful Equipment:
- Candy Thermometer: Most important to make sure caramel reaches the right temperature.
- Store your Maple Popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature.
- It's best to enjoy it within a week for optimal crunchiness.
Consistency is key for perfect Maple Popcorn. Ensure to stir the popcorn every 10 minutes during baking for an even caramel coating.
Yes, honey or agave nectar can be used as a substitute for maple syrup.
Yes, substitute the butter with coconut oil or a vegan butter substitute.
Yes, feel free to add spices, nuts, or chocolate for extra flavor.
The popcorn might not be fully coated, or it might need more time to bake. Make sure to stir it every 10 minutes during baking.
Yes, but make sure it's plain popcorn without any added flavors or butter.
It's best enjoyed within a week when stored in an airtight container.
Absolutely! Popcorn machines, including air poppers, work great for popping the corn.
Yes, but make sure to cook the popcorn and the caramel in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan.
Yes, but it may affect the texture and flavor of the caramel.
The baking soda helps to create the light, frothy texture of the caramel, so it's best not to skip it.
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3 tbsp (45g) Canola Oil
6 tbsp (100g) Popping Corn
7 tbsp (100g) Butter
1 ½ cups (470g) Maple Syrup
1 tsp (5g) Salt
½ tsp (4g) Baking Soda
- Measure the ingredients accurately.
- Use the correct tools and equipment.
Step 1 - Popping the Corn:
- Heat the canola oil in a large pan.
- Add the popping corn when the oil is hot, and cover the pan with a lid.
- Shake the pan occasionally to ensure even cooking.
- Remove the pan from heat when the popping has almost stopped.
- Transfer the popcorn to a bowl and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2 - Maple Caramel:
- In another pan, melt the butter, maple syrup, and salt together while stirring gently.
- When the mixture starts to boil, cook it on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes or until it reaches 280-290°F (138-143°C) on a thermometer.
- Stir in the baking soda.
- Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and mix well.
- Spread the maple-coated popcorn onto the lined baking sheet.
Step 3 - Baking:
- Preheat the oven to 230°F (110°C).
- Bake the popcorn for a total of 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool down.
- Enjoy your delicious maple popcorn!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Maple Popcorn Recipe, Homemade Popcorn, Maple Caramel, Baking Soda, Canola Oil, Popping Corn, Sweet Snack, Easy Snack Recipe, Popcorn and Maple Syrup, Oven-Baked Popcorn
- Do not leave cooking unattended, particularly when making caramel, as it can burn quickly.
- Ensure to use oven mitts when handling hot pans and trays.
- Be cautious when consuming, as the caramel coating can be very hot immediately after baking. Enjoy your homemade Maple Popcorn safely!