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Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn

We recently made some really Tasty caramel popcorn. We also healthified a quick Simple and Tasty molasses popcorn balls passed down from Great-Grandma. Then I noticed I didn't have any of my other yummy caramel corn type recipes on here. So here ya go! Have fun!

Crispy Caramel Corn
2 cups Sucanat
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
20 cups (5 quarts) popped popcorn

Place popcorn in 2 large shallow baking dishes. I used my two rectangular bakers (large cake pans) if you have the smaller average size cake pans you could use those too but it will probably take 3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt oil. Then stir in Sucanat, Agave, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn stirring to coat. Bake in oven stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Let cool completely before breaking up and EATING!

Grandma Pyne's Molasses Popcorn Balls
1 cup Sucanat
1 1/2 -2 Tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup water
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 large bowl of popped popcorn

In medium saucepan on stove top stir in all ingredients EXCEPT popcorn. Stir constantly, using a candy thermometer heat to hard ball stage. Pour on popcorn and stir as quickly as you can for into balls be careful it is HOT! Some plastic oiled gloves might help. If you don't' like the strong molasses flavor (we really liked it) you can you honey in place of all or some of the molasses.

Caramel Popcorn
2 cups honey
½ cup coconut oil
1/4 cup molasses
3 heaping teaspoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of sea salt
Peanuts (optional)

Mix ingredients and pour over popped popcorn (enough popcorn to fill a very large 10-Quart stainless steel mixing bowl). Mix well to coat popcorn. Leave in mixing bowl and bake in oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove and cool, OR bake for only 45 minutes, remove, and form into popcorn balls using oiled hands.

Cracker Jacks
8 quarts popped corn
1 ½ cups honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil (can leave out or use less)
1 cup raw peanuts

Place Popcorn in Large bowl. Put raw peanuts on a cookie sheet a bake at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally until browned and roasted, about 8 minutes. In a large saucepan, heat honey and salt over medium heat until hard crack stage with a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add oil, vanilla and peanuts. Stir well and pour over popcorn mixing thoroughly to coat. Spread out on 2 cookie sheets to cool. Break apart after it cools.
Really Simple Popcorn Balls
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
1 large bowl of popcorn

Warm honey and peanut butter in saucepan on the stove until the peanut butter is melted. Pour over popcorn make sure it is well coated so you can form into balls. If you have too much popcorn they will not stick together but it still tastes good. Too little popcorn and they will be gooey.


Cinnamon said...

We love caramel corn!It's a big hit here. But I didn't have one without corn syrup and brown sugar so thanks for another healthy recipe~ Gee I never thought of popcorn balls or caramel corn as healthy :-)


Courtney said...

We just ordered some of the unrefined coconut oil- the Flavor is amazing, so much better than the refined. Thanks so much for all your yummy recipes... this pregnancy popcorn has been my staple food, so I am excited to try some of these.

Emily said...

Tis the Season for popcorn treats!

I'm excited to try Grandma Pynes!

You are swell!

Love ya tons, Em

The Cooking Lady said...

We ate just plain ole air popped popcorn about 3-5 days a week, we love popcorn. Thanks for these recipes!

Shannon said...

Hi Tammie! Wow, your blog is awesome. I'm a holistic health counselor, who is just beginning to enter the blog world and I must say that yours is truly a wonderful example. Find me at slnhealthytidbits.blogspot.com

Carla said...

What brand coconut oil do you like best? I notice it's in a lot of your recipes.

Tammie said...

Carla, I really like Wilderness Families brand. I always get Extra Virgin it can be pretty expensive. I have started buying Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk (5 gallons) I have been very impressed with the quality of it! There is a moving picture link on my sidebar you can click on to get to their site and check it out. It is quiet a bit cheaper especially buying in bulk and the extra virgin keeps really well in a cool place! In fact I have heard if kept cool it won't go bad. Don't know if that is true but I have yet to have some go rancid on me.

Angie said...

Wow - all of these look great! I have been visiting your blog for a while now, and I love all of your recipes! Thank you for sharing your love for healthy food :)