By: Teresa Cruz Foley
Corn has gotten a bad rap lately. Corn has been used and abused by some bad farming practices, but corn itself is not the enemy. I saw a movie where corn was the villain. It was responsible for Mad Cow Disease, the fattening of our nation’s children and, worst of all, enabled evil corporate farm giants to kill-off smaller, nicer farms. And while that is true of industrial corn and industrial farming practices, corn can be responsibly grown. Corn is the honored staple of this continent’s early civilizations. And, corn can be very, very sweet. Especially locally grown corn.
I adapted this recipe for Caramelized Honey Popcorn from Whole Foods for the Whole World Cookbook, published by La Leche League International. It is a gluten-free dairy-free treat whose main ingredients can be locally grown. It makes a great gift!
- Pop some corn.
- Bring 1 Cup of honey, 1/3 Cup of butter or coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil, boiling for about 5 minutes until the temperature is around 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (I’m going to be honest with you, I use a meat thermometer.)
- Stir in vanilla, and let it cool.
- Spread the popcorn in a single layer on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets and poor the cooled caramelized honey over it, gently tossing to coat relatively evenly. (There will be some popcorn on the floor, and the 5 second rule applies.)
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes at 350.
Try experimenting by adding nuts and peanut butter into the caramel mixture.
Check out Pioneer Valley Popcorn, grown in Hatfield MA.
Also, I heard from my cousin and verified it on Pinterest that you can pop regular popping corn in a paper bag in the microwave. You fold the bag over at the top, then in half with the folded side down. I recommend going the full three minutes, though some “recipes” call for only two.
Teresa Cruz Foley is a warrior mom in Bridgewater MA, who is always trying to put food in people’s mouths. She has two blogs going: personal www.honoringbrynn.blogspot.com and business www.mothersmedicinalmagic.blogspot.com.