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‘merican munchies

January 17, 2012


America does everything bigger. And better. And sweeter.

We gave the world gumboots, they gave the world Oprah.

We gave the world fence wire, they gave the world Oprah.

We gave the world  the Nek Minnit guy, they gave the world Oprah.

Anyway, keeping to true American form – here is some popcorn.. bigger & better!

Caramel Popcorn

    • 1 cup butter
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup corn syrup (OK, I can hear the haters already – Golden Syrup can be substituted but you can buy corn sryup in NZ Supermarkets now though…)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • Popped popcorn (salted if you are a lover of such things)
 Note: I’m not sure how much popped popcorn you need. It depends on how thick or thin you want your coating. I did three lots of 1 scoops batches of corn in to my popcorn  air popping benchtop popper thing. I’m sorry, I will NEVER write a cookbook. Promise.


  1. Preheat oven to 150 Degrees
  2. Make sure you have your pre popped popcorn in the biggest dish you own. I tend to split it between roasting dishes.
  3. In a pot on a low – mid heat melt the butter.
  4. Add: brown sugar & corn syrup/golden syrup.
  5. Bring to a boil. DON’T stop believing stirring constantly. Seriously, don’t stop for 3-4 mins or until it is a nice dark brown colour.
  6. Whip it off the stove and quickly add baking soda and salt. Watch out, it’s like making hokey pokey in high school science all over again. It starts to expand.
  7.  Working quickly, pour over popcorn and stir to coat. You might like to enlist a helper to stir while you pour.
  8. Eat a few bits, it is your bakers right.
  9. Bake! Stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.


It is really important to bake the popcorn for the full amount of time. Unless, like me, you get interrupted halfway through baking by the biggest earth quake you’ve ever felt. In that case, turn off the oven, run out of the house and be a bit upset.

Then return to the kitchen, ignore the recommended cooking time and eat straight away. Feed it to your shaken flatmates also.

Then realise that you should have baked it the full time the next morning when all the left over popcorn is soggy. Sigh.

If you want to be truly American, one up this recipe by adding M&M’s. Everyone will love you.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2012 12:51 pm

    Hmmm. Speaking as an American, I don’t know about the M&M’s…I do, though, lovingly recall red skinned peanuts being added to this. 😀

  2. January 18, 2012 8:32 pm

    noted! nuts would be a delish addition!

  3. January 25, 2012 8:16 pm

    Update to correct temp! 220 would be ridiculous 🙂 x

  4. February 17, 2012 7:31 pm

    I used to work for MasterFoods which is a subsidiary of Mars Inc which is the M&M company. Used to get free M&Ms now and then 😀

  5. Mish permalink
    April 16, 2012 8:14 pm

    Oh Demelza, I miss living with you! And not because you fed me lots of amazing treats, but because I miss your humour 😦 I have a sleepover tonight with some girlfriends, so I’m going to make this for them! Hope I do you proud babe 🙂

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