Almost everyone loves popcorn and trying different recipes can add a
zesty taste to the sheer fun of popping corn. Popcorn is not just a
modern treat. Kernels have been found in 1,000-year-old tombs in
Peru and ears of corn were discovered in a cave in New Mexico that
were over 5,000 years old. Native Americans were cultivating it by
the time Columbus landed on Hispaniola and they introduced it to the
Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony in the 1600's.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Popcorn pops when moisture stored inside the kernel turns to steam.
The pressure causes the kernel to explode and it turns inside out.
Stove-popped popcorn is the traditional method of home popping. For
most basic popcorn recipes, the necessary ingredients include:
¼ cup cooking oil
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup popcorn kernels
Seasonings of choice
Use a two-quart pan and add the oil, butter and popcorn. As the oil
warms, begin shaking the pan back and forth on the burner. Have a
lid at the ready so, when the popcorn begins to pop, you can cover
Continue shaking until the lid starts to lift or the corn stops
popping. At this point, remove it from the stove and pour the
popcorn into a bowl and season to taste. As a rule of thumb, one cup
of popcorn kernels yields 24 cups of popped corn.
If you don't want to use your good cooking pots you can buy a stove top popcorn popper. This
also makes it easier to stir the kernels with the turning knob on
the side which eliminates having to shake the pan back and forth
until the popcorn is done. Stove-Top Popper
Theaters and carnivals use air poppers to pop the corn but this is
not a practical solution for most homes. Microwave ovens offer a
less labor-intensive method of popping corn than the stovetop method
and it is also safer for kids to pop the corn themselves.
If you don't have any microwave popcorn in the pantry, you can make
your own. Into a brown paper lunch sack add ¼ cup of unpopped
kernels and a teaspoon of olive oil. Next, fold the top of the bag
and shake it. You can use a couple of staples for good measure. Two
staples won't cause your microwave to spark.
Place the bag into the microwave and set the timer to the popcorn
setting. If your oven doesn't have a popcorn setting on the timer,
cook it until the pops are about 5 seconds apart.
Automatic popcorn poppers are another method to pop popcorn.
Entering the marketplace in 1925, they vary in features and quality.
The best ones are dishwasher safe, have an oil level line for easy
measuring, and small vents to release the steam. Automatic Air Popper
Popcorn Seasoning Recipes
Popcorn recipes and flavors abound. Food companies make popcorn
seasonings that appeal to any palate. Some of the most popular
flavored popcorn recipes are nacho cheese, sour cream and onion,
ranch, Cajun, barbecue, and apple cinnamon.
Seasonings for flavored popcorn recipes can also be made from
To satisfy a sweet-tooth, mix 1/3 cup of sugar and two
teaspoons of cinnamon to sprinkle on the popped corn.
More exotic popcorn recipes might include mixing a teaspoon of
curry power with ¾ teaspoon of ground turmeric and the same
portion of ground ginger.
Pizza popcorn seasoning is a simple mixture of three
tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, a teaspoon dried oregano
and ½ teaspoon of dried tomato powder.
Cajun flavored popcorn recipes can
be blended to taste but a basic one includes:
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon each of black, white, and red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
This will make a sufficient quantity to season four cups of popcorn
or six cups if you dont want so much of a peppery zest per bite.
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Caramel Popcorn Recipe
Of all the popcorn recipes, caramel popcorn is a traditional
favorite. Round up the following ingredients:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
5 quarts popped popcorn
Pour the popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl and preheat the
oven to 250 degrees.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the brown sugar,
salt, and corn syrup. Stir mixture and bring to a boil for four
minutes. Remove it from the burner and stir in soda and vanilla
extract. Next, pour it over the popcorn while stirring it. Place the
coated popcorn in a baking dish and bake for one hour.
Popcorn Ball Recipes
You can find
several recipes for popcorn balls, however here is a simple favorite
using only six ingredients.
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
¾ cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 gallon popped popcorn
Mix the sugar, syrup, molasses, butter and salt in a pan and cook
over a medium heat for three minutes.
Then pour the ingredients over the popcorn and mix well. Form the
popcorn into balls by hand and set them on a greased baking sheet.
With imaginative flavored popcorn recipes, you can transform a
simple treat into something special. All of them are easy to make
and inexpensive. With a little supervision, even the kids can become
by Noah, Maine
This is not really a recipe. We just make popcorn and then mix in
whatever we have or want at the time.
We put in different things for different seasons, also. Sometimes,
it's pretzels (we use different shapes too, sometimes the sticks,
sometimes the knots, or the checkerboards, we've even used yogurt
covered pretzels before), nuts, dried fruit, sometimes candies,
chocolate chips or peanut butter chips. We have put in teddy grahams
We mix in whatever we want and then melt a package of marshmallows.
Stir everything so it is coated with the melted marshmallows. You
can make them into popcorn balls, but we usually just leave it in a
big bowl and everybody can pick out of the bowl.
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