Valentines Day is just around the corner and since we’re probably not able to go out for a dinner without the kids, we’re making all the fun things to enjoy with the kids.
I’ve been wanting to make this popcorn for like three years, I kid you not and every year Valentines sneaks up on me and I completely forget and then I’m like, ok I guess I’ll just do it next year. Surprisingly enough, when I have the least amount of free time, I got it done and it is awesome!!!
This popcorn is incredible, it is sweet and spicy from the cinnamon hearts and is honestly one of the best combos I’ve ever made and I have made A LOT of popcorn in my days. I used to do popcorn bars when I had my catering company.
It was super fun to play around with and once I got the right ratios we couldn’t STOP eating it. It’s a great one to share with friend and makes great valentines day gifts too, just pop it in cute little boxes like this and drop it off on doorsteps like a little Happy Valentine fairy. These boxes were from Michaels from 3 years ago (I wasn’t lying when I said I’ve wanted to make this for 3 years). We can’t be with each other in a lot of cases right now, but little gestures like doorstep deliveries can really brighten someone’s day. I know my day has been brightened quite a few times during this pandemic.
Alright, it’s popcorn time!
A little note: I make the popcorn using a popcorn maker (an air popper), you can make it however you like, in a popcorn maker or old school in a pot, it won’t affect the rest of the recipe.
- 1/3 cup uncooked popcorn kernels
- 1 cup butter
- 11/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup cinnamon hearts
- dash of salt
- Make popcorn, (I use an air popper), remove all the hard kernels and set popcorn aside
- Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium heavy bottom pot on medium heat. Add 1 1/4 cups of light brown sugar and whisk until sugar is melted and thoroughly mixed together. Add 1 tsp vanilla.
- Stir continuously, bringing the mixture to a boil on medium heat. When it reaches a boil, let it cook for about 4-5 minutes without stirring, it should be in a nice soft rolling bubble.
- Then add 1/2 tsp of baking soda, it will foam up a bit which is exactly what it is supposed to do. This will form tiny air bubbles which will make it lighter and fluffier and not so compact and sticky.
- Drizzle the caramel mixture over the popcorn, add 1/2 cup cinnamon hearts (or more if you like). Use a spatula to gently fold the popcorn with the mixture until the kernels are all covered. Sprinkle with salt.
- Pour the popcorn out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to cool. Scoop into your cute little boxes or other container and eat your cinnamon hearts out!
*You can use microwave popcorn or air popped popcorn. It's best not to use stovetop popcorn as the oil makes it difficult for the caramel to actually stick.
*It is best eaten fresh, but lasts for easily a week in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators and not from My Sweet Mess. Although we do attempt to provide as accurate nutritional information as possible, these figures are only estimates.
I hope you enjoy this special Valentines treat, it is quick and easy and lasts for longer than you’ll be able to keep it around for.
If you make this, please let me know what you think. You can comment here or post a picture and tag me on Instagram and hashtag #mysweetmess. And if you love it as much as I do, please share on Facebook or Pin It for others to see.
If you’re looking for more Valentine’s recipes you can check out my easy decadent chocolate truffles.
Till the next recipe,