• A Trio of Perfect Homemade Popcorn

    Hi friends! This yummy post today is sponsored by Skinny Cow

    Stovetop popcorn has become one of my very favorite late night snacks! Way better than the microwave version, and so many delicious variations. It’s the perfect crowd pleasing food for a party or a movie night with friends. Everyone loves popcorn! I’m sharing three perfect homemade popcorn recipes today: Olive Oil + Sea Salt, White Chocolate + Candy, and Salted Caramel. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear your variations! Also, have you every tried pouring a box of hot tamales into warm buttery popcorn? Man. That is some good snacking right there.

    The salted caramel I think is my favorite though. My grandmother used to make this caramel popcorn all the time. We’d eat it in her basement and watch movies under soft blankets on her old leather couch. We’d always fight over who got to hold the huge popcorn bowl.

    Keep reading for the three yummy recipes!

    Use this basic stove top popcorn recipe for all three:

    Olive Oil + Sea Salt Homemade Popcorn

    Pour a thin layer of olive oil on the bottom of a large pot. Add a single layer of popcorn kernels. You want them to be very crowded but not more than one layer thick. Heat at medium heat with the lid on until popping begins. Then turn down the heat slightly and shake every 30 seconds or so. Start shaking a bit more when the popping starts subsiding. Remove from heat when the popping slows to one pop every 2 seconds or so. Pour into a large bowl and salt with sea salt generously. You don’t need any additional butter/oil. I promise it’s delicious as is!

    Salted Caramel Popcorn:

    1 batch of basic stovetop popcorn
    1 stick of butter
    1 cup of brown sugar
    1/4 cup of corn syrup
    1 t of salt
    1/4 t of baking soda
    1/4 t of vanilla extract

    Make one batch of basic popcorn and set aside in a large mixing bowl. In a small pot melt the butter and then add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until mixed and then let it sit, untouched for about 5 minutes, until it start to turn an auburn color. Then remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and baking soda. Let cool for a couple minutes and then pour over the popcorn. Mix thoroughly. Not every kernel needs to be coated (see below). Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes at 275 degrees, flipping occasionally. Let cool completely on waxed paper.

    White Chocolate + Candy
    1 batch of basic stovetop popcorn
    1 bar of white chocolate, chopped
    Your favorite chocolate candy (I like either mints or reece’s pieces)
    Make one batch of basic popcorn and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Melt the white chocolate over a double burner. Pour over popcorn and stir. Add your box of candy. Refrigerate to harden.

    What are you favorite homemade popcorn variations? I’d love to hear your delicious ideas


    1. Melissa powers said… June 9, 2012 10:36 am

      I love popcorn! But i have a question, how many ounces white chocolate do you use?

    2. CleanPopo said… June 3, 2012 3:30 pm

      The Salted Caramel Popcorn looks amazing! I think I am going to try to make some to bring to the next Movies Under the Stars in Hoboken….

    3. {Enchanted} Lovely Links, June 1, 2012 said… May 31, 2012 11:02 am

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    4. Jen I said… May 30, 2012 8:27 pm

      I love coconut oil & Himalayan sea salt. It reminds me of the old school movie theatre popcorn.

    5. Jen Daily said… May 30, 2012 7:49 pm

      I put truffle & salt on mine (with butter of course). yum.

    6. LouAnn P said… May 30, 2012 6:20 pm

      The olive oil and sea salt version sounds fantastic; I’ll definitely have to try it. One of my faves uses microwave popcorn, any of the light butter varieties (buttery microwave popcorn can be too greasy). Pop as directed and while it’s still hot pour about 1/3 into a bowl. Sprinkle with your favorite shredded cheese. Repeat until you’ve got all the popcorn in the bowl. Top with more shredded cheese and microwave for 15 seconds or until the cheese melts. Add lemon pepper or garlic pepper or pepper flakes and devour!

    7. amber said… May 30, 2012 6:07 pm

      We make stove top popcorn all the time. We use our Wok (so many uses!) My favorite recipe is to use almost equal parts butter and brown sugar, dash of vanilla, some cinnamon, cocoa and some times some nutmeg…

    8. corrie anne said… May 30, 2012 9:31 am

      Our favorite is a peanut butter caramel corn. I love all popcorns. Had some 100-cal kettlecorn last night!

    9. sweetlehua said… May 29, 2012 10:56 pm

      love popcorn with butter, seaweed furikake and mochi crunch…..its an asain flavor but very popular in hawaii

      • maricel808 said… May 30, 2012 3:02 am

        ooooh yessss…reminds me of home. Hurricane popcorn is the way to go!

    10. Jen said… May 29, 2012 7:34 pm

      Yum. Caramel Corn. I am a huge fan of Truffle Salt on my popcorn. With a little butter too, of course.

    11. Kalee said… May 29, 2012 5:17 pm

      This is a really easy way to make caramel popcorn, takes 10 minutes tops!

    12. Janan W said… May 29, 2012 4:01 pm

      We love caramel popcorn, but another goody is with skittles. Tastes just like candied popcorn!

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 5:14 pm

        Oh man, skittles is good with anything. I think I’d eat skittles mixed with broccoli.

    13. Carrie said… May 29, 2012 3:39 pm

      Well, those looks awfully delicious! I’m excited to try them.

      Here’s our favorite savory popcorn recipe: http://www.thecreativesalad.com/2012/04/23/a-healthier-popcorn-recipe/

      Might have to make a batch tonight to share!

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 5:13 pm

        Wait, talk to me about this yeast thing. What is it exactly???

    14. Kate said… May 29, 2012 2:27 pm

      These look delicious! Perfect for watching a movie at home, especially projected in the yard on a summer night. I like to pop up a pesto version:


    15. Andrea @ Strawberry-Chic said… May 29, 2012 1:54 pm

      the salted caramel popcorn sounds divine! have you ever tried cinnamon bear popcorn? my mom introduced it to me last summer and it’s my new favorite!

      here is a link to the recipe…

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 2:29 pm

        Oh man that sounds so good

    16. Rachel said… May 29, 2012 1:14 pm

      Love this Liz, looks so great!

    17. simplyblythe said… May 29, 2012 12:56 pm

      i was just looking for caramel corn recipes yesterday….making this later on!

    18. Wendy Ballsterw said… May 29, 2012 11:43 am

      Great ideas! I love adding hot tamales too to my butter popcorn

    19. Elizabeth Miller said… May 29, 2012 11:42 am

      Oh man, my stomach is rumbling now! I think I might need to try that white chocolate one. Yum!

    20. Julie said… May 29, 2012 11:06 am

      LOVE these ideas – I need to get making caramel corn from scratch again!

    21. Michelle A said… May 29, 2012 10:07 am

      you’re my hero! this looks amazing

    22. Melissa said… May 29, 2012 9:34 am

      I posted almost the exact same caramel corn recipe recently! GMTA. My Nana makes olive oil stovetop popcorn all the time and adds garlic salt. Delish! Oh, and she eats it with chopsticks!

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 10:44 am

        Ooh I love the chopstick idea- for some reason that seems quite sophisticated!

    23. ryan said… May 29, 2012 8:52 am

      I don’t think I have ever taken the time to let you know that I really like your blog. The whole vibe, the look, it’s a nice place to spend a little time. Thank you for it.

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 10:50 am

        Thank you so much, that’s so nice!

    24. Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} said… May 29, 2012 7:32 am

      These look delish. We add cumin and chipotle powder to ours for what we call “taco popcorn”. Great with a little Mexican beer and movie.

      • Liz Stanley said… May 29, 2012 10:44 am

        YuM! That sounds really good.

    25. Daniela said… August 2, 2011 7:00 pm

      Wow, I want to come to Cali to hike there! I'm craving it!

    26. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said… July 6, 2011 6:16 pm

      what a beautiful shot of ocean beach! i think i need to try these pie shakes – ice cream + pie? yes please!

    27. Liz Stanley said… July 6, 2011 5:44 pm

      Margaux, so jealous! I agree to it wouldn't be good for my waist line either though

    28. Lynn {hearted girl} said… July 6, 2011 5:09 pm

      i clicked that link because i was so curious about this pie shake thing and holy momma…..your description sounds insanely d-vine!happy to hear your celebrations were filled with goodness, nice and tranquil i'd imagine which is refreshingly lovely. that photo is epic, take a victory lap right now b/c it surely rocks! ♥

    29. andrea.hudson5 said… July 6, 2011 3:27 pm

      Welcome back! I just tasted my first "Pie Shake" last summer, I tried pumpkin and raspberry, and they were delicious!

    30. margaux said… July 6, 2011 11:44 am

      dude! that place is two blocks from my apartment! It's a blessing and a curse to my waistline! 🙂

    31. Mom in Mendon said… July 6, 2011 10:59 am

      Happy 4th to the Stanleys of SF. So glad you had a good weekend.

    32. BobbinTAlk said… July 6, 2011 9:27 am

      That sounds lovely! Looking forward to the photos!!

    33. Rebecca - A Daily Something said… July 6, 2011 8:39 am

      Sooo beautiful! Can't wait to see pics of your camping trip 🙂

    34. Liz Stanley said… July 6, 2011 8:04 am

      kayla, yes! we actually went swimming at Lake Trinity. Beautiful place

    35. Kayla said… July 6, 2011 8:03 am

      I don't know if the Trinity Alps are near Lake Trinity but we went camping there when I was a kid and the whole time my dad told us horror stories about "The Dreaded Trinity Squirrel" that had us all too scared to go to sleep. Hilarious in retrospect. Thanks for reminding me!KaylaFreckles in April

    36. brianna kim said… July 6, 2011 7:51 am

      This picture is perfect! What a great shot. and that pie shake sorta sounds perfect too!

    37. Ana Degenaar said… July 6, 2011 6:12 am

      Sounds like the perfect weekend and perfect way to come back. xx

    38. Debbie said… May 17, 2010 11:24 pm

      wow, so impressed. can't wait to hear about how your boy did and all the details please!

    39. Full House said… May 17, 2010 10:36 pm

      That looks and sounds like a dream.

    40. Sarah Jane said… May 17, 2010 6:50 pm

      What a dream. I ache for the coast. Great shot too…Glad you had a great time!

    41. Alli (One Pearl Button) said… May 17, 2010 6:36 pm

      Wow, absolutely gorgeous!!

    42. the southern hostess said… May 17, 2010 6:34 pm

      What an amazing setting!

    43. SmartBear said… May 17, 2010 6:19 pm

      That is a stunning view. I'd really love to hear more about your camping trips with your tot. We are big hikers and my 3 year old loves that, but we haven't been brave enough to camp with him yet! Best,Tina

    44. Mel said… November 16, 2009 4:07 pm

      Lovely photo on the beach! You look tan and happy

    45. robin k said… November 16, 2009 12:07 pm

      So happy that it was a perfect trip, Liz. I want to hear about some of those good dinners.!

    46. Patricia said… November 16, 2009 11:53 am

      Welcome back! Glad you had a great time!

    47. Cathy Carmen said… November 16, 2009 10:18 am

      Yelp is the best! I don't know what I would do without it!

    48. liz stanley said… November 16, 2009 10:10 am

      We were in Kihei too and loved it!

    49. Il Fornaio said… November 16, 2009 7:12 am

      I stayed in Kihei on Maui for my honeymoon, and still daydream about margaritas at Fred's… sigh. Now I need to start saving my pennies so I can go back.

    50. Janssen said… November 16, 2009 4:14 am

      Welcome home! Glad you had such a fabulous time!

    51. tammy lee said… November 15, 2009 9:08 pm

      That's a great idea, I bet you saved so much on food that way. Smart! Can't wait to hear about all the stuff you did!

    52. kendra said… November 15, 2009 6:45 pm

      I can't wait to hear all about it, sounds so great!

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