That’s right, whiskey popcorn. It’s Christmas and I’m on holiday so alcoholic popcorn is an absolute must. Making your own popcorn is not only cost effective it gives you room to experiment with flavours other than those found down the supermarket. You also give yourself completely control over what goes in, so you can omit the palm oil, emulsifiers and plenty other questionable things that just aren’t really needed.
Microwave popcorn can set you back around 97p per 100g, that’s for the kernals, but those ready popped bags can go up as much £3.30 per 100g averaging at about £1.80.
For the popping kernals you can pay what you want, but either way, its more cost effective than then ready-made alternatives, not to mention, there is far less waste involved through packaging. I’ve come across bags from as little as £2.99 for 2kg – which will last you a life time – and organic options for as little as £3.50 for a kilo. No brainer for the Make It Yourself cause right? So what to do…
- 50 g popcorn kernals
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp butter
- 2 tsp whiskey
- 1 tsp sugar
- 0.5 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 150C. In a pan, heat oil and once runny and ready add the popping kernals, really you want just a flat surface of kernals not overlapping. So be sure to choose a pan large enough.
The kernals will begin popping, once they do it'll start rapidly but once it slows down to intervals of less than a second take the pan of the heat. You can pour the popped kernals carefully into a separate bowl and any that haven't popped you can bring back to the heat
In a small bowl in the microwave or over heat, heat up the honey, butter and whiskey, just for about 20 seconds so the butter melts
Pour the butter whiskey mix over the popped corn and then sprinkle the salt and sugar over and mix everything together
Spread out onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes - this is to help dry it all a little