Friday, August 10, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn

We're preparing for camping at the Lifelight Festival in a few weeks and I feel like one of the kids - I can hardly wait!! I am busy trying out new recipes for some (well somewhat) healthy snacks. Of course, I'll stock up on fruit and veggies granola bars but we will want some special snacks too! After paying $4.00 for a bag of organic popcorn at the store, I decided to splurge and buy a popcorn air popper last week and save some money in the long run. I must be honest, normally kettle corn is not my favorite use of popcorn but the cinnamon sugar kettle corn from the store turned that around for me. Welcome to my first experiment making cinnamon sugar kettle corn. It was everything I thought it would be and I have many taste testers that agreed with me.
I used organic ingredients but use what you like. I calculated the calories - 70 calories per cup if you follow the recipe.
Just a few simple steps:
1/2 cup popcorn (about 14 cups of air popped popcorn - 2 very large bowls)
3 T butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
about a tablespoon of water
Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, make sure you keep your heat low so it doesn't burn. Just before it starts to boil, it will start expanding, remove from the heat and pour over the popcorn. I used 2 large bowls and stirred the half of the mixture in each bowl and stirred it with my Pampered Chef spatula to coat the popcorn. Once the popcorn is coated, spread it over 2 large cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Bake in a 300F oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, let it cool, break it up a little, and start snacking! 
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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