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Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks in the world, and the amazing thing about it is that it’s just as good to eat when you need something savory as it is when you need something sweet. The versatility of popcorn makes it really easy to make something that suits exactly what you feel like eating, and it’s actually very convenient to make popcorn at home or to buy standard popcorn and add your own twist to it.
When it comes to sweet popcorn there are a lot of different flavors you can choose from, using everything from chocolate to sweet butter and even toffee depending on your own personal preference!
In this guide, we’re going to look at some of the best ways to make popcorn sweet at home, for those people who like to make their own popcorn from scratch, or those who like to mix their own flavors into a premade bowl of popcorn.
We’re going to look at using sweet butter to make your popcorn sweet, as well as chocolate popcorn to give you a few different flavor options, or even combinations if you’re feeling really decadent!
But let’s take a look at the ingredients you need to make popcorn and the first method to get us to get started.
Ingredients for Popcorn
- ½ a cup of popcorn kernels (don’t overdo it as they expand a lot!)
- 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
Making Sweet Butter Popcorn
- ⅓ a cup of butter
- ¼ a cup of granulated sugar
- Additional 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
Heat up the oil in a large frying pan and test out some kernels. Put in your 3 tbsp of vegetable oil and heat it, then add two or three individual kernels. Once all the kernels have fully popped, the pan is hot enough to add the rest and make up your popcorn quickly and effectively.
(Note: if you’re using microwave popcorn simply skip this step until you reach the instructions for melting down the butter and sugar)
Add in your kernels by removing the pan from the heat and then adding them to the oil. Wait around 30 seconds and then return the pan to medium-high heat as before.
This small delay between adding the kernels to the pan and the pan to the heat allows the kernels to come up to the right temperature more evenly and prevents the corn kernels from popping sporadically and unevenly. Place on a lid to prevent popcorn from jumping out onto the floor later on.
As the kernels start to heat up, shake the pan every 5 to ten seconds to ensure that all the kernels are getting access to the bottom of the pan and to prevent burning. It’s also a good idea to take off the lid for a few seconds occasionally to let out some moisture and heat.
At this point, add in a ¼ cup of sugar. You want to add this sugar just when the kernels are starting to pop. Shake the pan well to spread the sugar around and heat until the popping starts to slow down. Pour the popcorn into a waiting bowl and set it aside.
At this point, you need to melt your butter with your remaining sugar. Stir ⅓ cup butter and ⅛ cup sugar as they heat in a pan, and stir together until fully melted. If you want something a bit thicker you can allow this to simmer for a little longer to get a more caramel consistency.
Sprinkle a little salt into your mixture to taste.
Pour your freshly made and still warm glaze over the waiting popcorn which should still be a little warm. Allow it to cool for a few minutes so that the glaze has time to cool, and the popcorn crisps up, then get ready to enjoy your delicious sweet popcorn!
Making Chocolate Popcorn
Prepare the popcorn, either as described above or using microwave popcorn.
Melt around 100 grams of chocolate and half a teaspoon of salt into a bowl, and heat in a microwave for 10 to 15 second periods, stirring after each interval until the mixture is fully melted.
Drizzle your melted chocolate over popcorn spread out on a baking sheet to catch any excess.
Allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature for around an hour, or until it’s totally set. It’s now ready to eat, however, you can add a little more salt to taste if you want to!
Apple Cinnamon Popcorn
For something a little different, you can try apple cinnamon popcorn! It’s also quite simple!
Purchase some pre-prepared apple chips or make your own. If you do make your own, slice an apple into thin slices of uniform thickness and shape. Place the slices on a baking tray (which will require flipping) or ideally a cooling rack and bake at 250F or 120C with the oven door slightly ajar.
Remove when the slices are starting to crinkle and are almost totally dry, which should take about 2 hours or so. Allow to cool at room temperature until crisp
Prepare your popcorn as above or buy microwave popcorn and prepare per instructions.
Melt ¼ cup of butter and 2 tbsp of brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. You can stop when the ingredients are totally melted, or leave for a few minutes longer if you want a thicker consistency and texture to the sauce.
Place the popcorn into a bowl, then mix in your apple slices and pour the butter mixture over everything. Then you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon, a ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, and a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, stirring everything together and combining. Allow the butter and mixture to cool before enjoying this delicious and warming treat!