Honey Crunch Popcorn, in my opinion, is a perfect snack. I absolutely adore it. And I feel there is no need to go messing around with it by adding nuts. In fact, when I was younger, and I had Cracker Jack, I’d pick out the nuts and throw them at people (especially at the movie theater when no one could see….)
Sadly, others in my family feel that nuts add that certain something….
So, what to do? Make it my way? Make it their way? Make 2 batches? Split the batches? (Truth is, if I’m doing all the work… I make it my way).
This is a great recipe for Honey Crunch Popcorn. It’s not too complicated, but it does use a few special tools.
Read through the recipe and instructions.
Make sure that you have all of your ingredients and tools set and ready. You don’t want to have boiling sugar, and realize that you need to make popcorn! Just have everything ready, and then you can go step by step.
Before you know it, you’ll be munching away on Honey Caramel Popcorn….and if you want to…. you can add nuts… (just be aware, I may throw mine at you)
Honey Crunch Popcorn Recipe
· approx.12 cups popped popcorn (pick out the grannies or burnt ones)
· 1 cup Granulated Sugar
· 1 cup Brown Sugar
· 1/2 cup Honey
· 1 cup Butter
· **optional- 1 cup nuts
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Fill a cup with ice water… set a pastry brush in it.
Pull your candy thermometer out of the back of the utensil drawer and dust it off.
Put some sheets of aluminum foil on your table or counter… large enough to spread the caramel popcorn out a bit when hot.
Pick the Grannies (unpopped corn kernels) out of the popcorn as you pour it into 2 large baking pans.
**if you plan to add nuts… now’s the time
Set the pans of popcorn in the oven to keep warm.
Put the sugars, honey and butter in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Try not to splash. Stir until sugars are completely dissolved. If you tap the bottom of the pan with your spoon, you will feel if the sugar is still grainy.
From time to time, wash the walls of the bowl down with the pastry brush dipped in ice water.
When the sugar is completely dissolved… this could take 7 to 10 minutes…. wipe the walls one last time.
Clip the candy thermometer to the side of the pan.
Raise heat to medium.
Stir only occasionally, very carefully so you don’t splash.
(Pull the popcorn pans out of the oven… set them aside on hot pads)
Cook until thermometer reads 255 degrees F.
Remove from heat.
Pour the caramel over popcorn… stir well… stick popcorn in oven
Bake 10 minutes
Bake 5 more minutes
Dump out on to foil… and spread out a bit
Cool completely before eating… (yes, you can pick a few pieces from the edges, just be prepared for tongue burn).
Step By Step Photos to Make
Honey Crunch Popcorn
Put Butter, Sugars and Honey in a saucepan… melt together, then bring to a boil.
Cook until it reaches 255 degrees Fahrenheit.
Careful, it’s HOT!
Cool on Foil…