The best DIY gift this season? Popcorn!

December 8th, 201010:00 am @


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The other day I saw this great DIY gift idea of putting together bags of gourmet popcorn for friends and family on Regis and Kelly. Not only is it an affordable route, but it’s personal and a crowd pleaser!

Below are some of my favorite popcorn recipes, courtesy of the FoodNetwork.com. Enjoy!

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Classic Caramel Popcorn:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, freshly popped
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Generously butter heavy large baking pan. Mix warm popcorn and peanuts in prepared pan. Place in oven while preparing syrup.

Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in heavy mediumsaucepan. Whisk over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Attach clip-on candy thermometer to side of pan. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until thermometer registers 255 degrees F, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir invanilla extract, salt and baking soda (mixture will bubble). Gradually pour syrup over popcorn and nuts completely.

Bake until caramel feels dry, stirring frequently, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Using metal spatula, scrape mixture from bottom of pan to loosen. Cool completely in pan. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)

Kevin Bacon Popcorn:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 16 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika to taste

Directions:

Place 16 slices bacon on a rack in a baking pan, top with 1/2 cup brown sugar and bake at 400 degrees until crisp, 12 minutes; chop. Make stove-popped corn using bacon drippings in place of oil. Toss the popcorn with the bacon, smoked paprika and salt.

Popcorn with Rosemary Infused Oil:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano

Directions:

To make the Rosemary oil:

Combine the oil and rosemary in a heavy small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer the sprigs to a 4-ounce bottle or cruet. Add the oil and seal the lid. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

To make the popcorn:

Stir the popcorn kernels and 1/2 cup of the oil in a heavy large pot. Cover and cook over medium heat until the kernels have popped, shaking the pot halfway through cooking, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl. Toss the popcorn with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt, to taste, and serve.

Chocolate Orange Popcorn:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups popped popcorn, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grey salt
  • 1 orange
  • 1-ounce bittersweet chocolate

Directions:

Heat a 10-inch saute pan over medium-high heat on stovetop. Tilt the pan away from you, then add the butter. As you tilt the pan back, the butter will begin to brown. Add salt into the butter, then pour it over the popcorn. Mix well. With a grater, zest the skin of 1 orange, about 2 tablespoons and the chocolate over the popcorn and mix.

The possibilities really are endless!

(Most popcorn will not hold up for long amounts of time, so try and make them within a day or two of giving them away.)

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from: Papermart.com

Place popcorn in sweet gourmet baggies like these one’s from Papermart.com (you can feed these through your printers to print messages and labels!), or Saran wrap popcorn boxes you can pick up at craft and party stores.

Got any other simple and affordable diy gifts? Let me know!

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