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Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year With This Gourmet Miso Caramel Corn

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any scarier, along comes Halloween. And while we don’t know exactly what to expect from this year’s holiday, we do know you’ll need this recipe for miso caramel corn to get you through it. It’s the ultimate salty-sweet combo and it’s an easy treat to pack up and give away or — let’s be real — to enjoy curled up on the couch with your fave scary movie.

Bowl of miso caramel corn

Miso Caramel Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 cups

Ingredients:

8 cups popped popcorn (from ½ cup kernels)
⅔ cup packed dark brown sugar
⅓ cup unsalted butter
3 Tbsp golden corn syrup
¼ tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp white miso
2 Tbsp black and white sesame seeds

Ingredients for miso caramel corn on table

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. Combine sugar, butter and corn syrup in a medium pot. Set over medium-high heat to melt butter. Once butter has melted, stir mixture until combined.

Ingredients for miso caramel corn in pot

3. Bring mixture to a boil, swirling occasionally. Continue to cook until temperature reaches 250ºF on a candy or instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then whisk in baking soda (be careful as it will bubble up) until it is several shades lighter in colour and mixture is uniform. Whisk in miso and sesame seeds until fully incorporated.

Miso caramel corn sauce in pot

4. Immediately drizzle mixture over popcorn and working quickly, stir to coat. Scrape popcorn onto prepared baking sheet and arrange in an even layer.

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5. Bake until shiny and crisp, about 20 to 25 minutes. The best way to determine crispness is by carefully plucking a kernel from the baking sheet, letting it cool for a second or two and then trying it. It will still be a bit sticky at this point, but it should have a nice crunch. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Closeup of miso caramel corn

Want more Halloween treats? Try these make-ahead gory white chocolate truffles or these witches’ cauldron cupcakes.

Super Easy S’mores Popcorn

From Oreos and Goldfish, to Ben & Jerry’s and Sprinkles Cupcakes, companies everywhere have come out with a chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow version of their signature treats to please customers everywhere. Somehow s’mores have become the Pumpkin Spice Latte of the warm weather season.

To carry on with the trend everyone seems to be so fond of, I gave one of my own favourite snacks the s’mores treatment. I topped sea salt popcorn with drizzled milk chocolate, toasted ‘mallows, graham cracker bits and a little bit of caramel, to create a treat that’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

Smores Popcorn 1

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes (to roast the marshmallows)

Ingredients:
1 bag sea salt popcorn
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown/golden sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup broken graham crackers

Smores Popcorn 2

Directions:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the bag of popcorn over the entire surface. Preheat oven to broil on high.

Smores Popcorn 3

2. In a small saucepan on medium-high heat, melt the butter and stir in the sugar. Cook while stirring until completely combined and smooth.

Smores Popcorn 4

3. Pour the caramel over the popcorn. Be sure to work fast as the caramel dries quickly and becomes difficult to spread.

Smores Popcorn 5

4. Divide the chocolate chips into two batches and heat them in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted. Mix with a spoon until smooth and drizzle over popcorn. Repeat with remaining chocolate chips.

Smores Popcorn 6

5. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top and place the pan on the top shelf of the oven to roast the marshmallows. Be alert: you only want the marshmallows to be lightly golden, and this can take as little as 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Make sure you remove the pan from the oven before the chocolate gets burnt.

Smores Popcorn 7

6. While still warm from the oven, sprinkle the graham crackers on top. Gently press to help them stick to the chocolate.

Smores Popcorn 8

7. Refrigerate for about an hour and break into pieces.

Smores Popcorn 10

Enjoy!

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.

The Hot Plate: Maple Sriracha Popcorn

When we want to share our love with all of our great friends at The Hot Plate, this Salted Maple Sriracha Peanut Popcorn recipe is our secret weapon. Make a big batch of this sweet and salty snack to share with all of your friends over the holidays. Don’t forget to save some for yourself too!

Salted Maple Sriracha Peanut Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 14 cups

maple sriracha popcorn recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tablespoon sriracha
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple extract
10 cups popped popcorn
1 cup mini salted pretzels
1 cup dry roasted cashews
1 cup dry roasted salted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, sriracha, and salt. Bring to a boil, swirling pan to combine. When sugar has dissolved, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in maple extract.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the brown sugar caramel with popcorn, pretzels, cashews and peanuts. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheets. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until caramel has set. Cool completely and break into clusters.

amanda riva Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients. 

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Popcorn Toppings for Rainy Game Nights

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Who ever said April Showers were a bad thing? We’re taking advantage of those gloomy days when you don’t want to leave your cozy home with a good old-fashioned games night with your besties.

With a theme of rum and coke and gourmet popcorn, we’re revealing three amazing and easy ways to make your own popcorn toppings on a budget. From savoury herbs and garlic to sweet chocolate and caramel, these flavors are bound to satisfy those taste buds.

Now let the games begin!

 popcorn toppings game night
 1. Herb and Garlic Popcorn
Ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ tsp. herbes de Provence
2 garlic cloves, chopped in half
½ tsp. sea salt
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan on low heat, mix the oil, herbes de Provence and garlic, for about three minutes. Remove pan from stove, and prepare popcorn.
  2. Remove and discard garlic gloves from mixture, and pour it over the hot popcorn, shaking the bowl to mix as you go. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.
renee-headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.