Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Are you a snacker??? I definitely am. I love to snack. In fact, I could snack all day long and not really miss eating one big meal. I like trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But this snack is one that I just cannot put down. It's more like a whole LOTTA this!!!

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn. Does that name just make you swoon??? It's caramel-y and cinnamony and crunchy and sweet and just plain addicting!!

It's caramel corn with a hint of cinnamon, toasted almonds and after it's all baked and add a drizzle of chocolate over the whole batch. I took this to a pool party last week and it disappeared quickly and I was asked for a recipe. That is a successful snack, people!!

Here is the recipe and don't blame me if you eat the whole batch. The changes I made to the recipe below is using almonds instead of pecans and drizzling chocolate over the top instead of almond bark. And I did use microwave popcorn. I got a box that was 'natural' flavor with NO extra butter. Worked out beautifully!

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn
From Our Best Bites

12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
1 C pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 C brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda

3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know if you try this popcorn...if your fingers aren't too sticky to use the computer.


Sue said...

This definitely does look addictive! :)

IamDerby said...

Wow that looks pretty tasty... not good for my diabetes I think. LOL

Monique said...

This looks YUMMIE!!!