My mother would often make this special treat for us as small children on the farm;
it reminds me of innocent childhood days spent running through paddocks among animals.
Pop a solid glug of oil in a deep saucepan to heat slowly. When a single corn kernel spins, then it’s hot enough.
Bung 1/2 cup of popping corn kernels into that hot oil & get the lid on FAST! Play a little shimmy shake with the pan & wait until the popping sound ceases. Mini me delights in this, as I have a glass lid on the pan, so she can watch the popcorn dance.
Whack that lot into a disposable foil tray & set aside.
Next, grab a small saucepan & into the pot goes 2 tablespoons of honey, 3/4 cup of caster sugar and half a block (125g) of butter. Stir that over low heat until the sugar dissolves completely into the melted butter & honey then turn up the heat to bring it to the boil for 5 minutes or so, just to bring it to a beautifully golden caramel colour. Stay with it, don’t walk away, as it turns quickly so you don’t want to burn it.
Pour that fabuliciouz caramel all over the popcorn & then comes the secret ingredient – SALT! Yep, that good old trick! Sprinkle a generous pinch of salt flakes (I use Maldon) over the caramel & stir it all through the popcorn.
Leave that tray aside to set, usually about 5 minutes or so depending on how hot it is where you are. Once cooled, the caramel will be solid around the popcorn. This is when you’ll be grateful for that disposable foil tray 😉
Turn out the popcorn onto a cutting board, simply pull at the edges of the foil tray for it to release. Take a sharp knife & cut it into slices before chopping into bite sized chunks.
This is great to take along to parties or other get togethers or to just nibble on at home.