Monday 22 September 2014

Spiced chocolate caramel peanut popcorn

This is yet another version of sweet, salty and spicy popcorn, this time inspired by the Snickers bar. It features chunks of turrón, salted peanuts and a spiced chocolate caramel. It's very hard to resist! The key to it keeping its crunch for a couple of days is that it's slowly baked after coating, which also helps get an even distribution of the caramel.

I made this as a snack for a three-hour dance class, and as a thank you to Kavey for a jar of her homemade kimchi, but the leftovers were still good three days later (and a little softer but still tasty the day after that).

Snickers-inspired spiced chocolate caramel peanut popcorn

1tbs vegetable oil
120g popping corn
100g roasted salted peanuts
100g nougat (I used soft turrón de Jijona which has a texture similar to halva, but hard, Alicante-style turrón duro would be better), chopped into small chunks
Pinch chilli flakes (I used chile de arbol)
Pinch Maldon salt (i.e good quality seasalt)
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
2tbs good-quality cocoa powder
100g salted butter
100ml golden syrup
125g sugar

Heat the oil in a large saucepan with a lid, and add the popping corn. Cover, and shake until the corn has popped, then pour into a large, baking parchment-lined roasting tin, holding back any unpopped kernels if possible. Scatter over the peanuts and chunks of nougat.

Combine the salt, cocoa powder and spices in a little ramekin or bowl. Give it a stir to make sure the cocoa powder doesn't have any lumps, and have it standing by while you make the syrup. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a medium heat, and swirl gently until the sugar dissolves and it comes to the boil. Boil rapidly for a few minutes, or until it changes colour to a rich golden brown.

Take the caramel off the heat and tip the cocoa quickly into it. Keeping your fingers well clear, stir with a silicon spatula until well combined and pour the caramel evenly over the popcorn. Stir it through. It won't coat all of the popcorn but that is part of the charm - every bite is different.

Place the roasting tin in a slow oven - mine only goes down to 120C, but if yours does 100C that would be better - and bake for an hour, giving it a stir every 15 minutes. Allow to cool and harden before packing in an airtight box or gift bags.


Unknown said...

Oh my Lord. I do wish I hadn't seen this! It looks fabulous.

Kavey said...

It was genuinely magnificently fabulous! X

Choclette said...

Oh my goodness, that looks like something I wouldn't be able to stop eating, even though I knew it would not be at all good for me. Fabulous idea and flavours. Not heard of a kimchi popcorn swap before.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Jude - it really was!

Kavey - as was the kimchi!

Choclette - I tried to fob her off with jam but she wouldn't be bought!

Joanne said...

Sweet and salty always sounds good to me! Love the sound of this!

Angie's Recipes said...

wow with nutella, nuts and all the bet these are delicious and addictive!

Amy said...

Oh yum - this popcorn looks super delicious! What a great treat!

Unknown said...

Oh my, I'm afraid I would eat the whole bag in one sitting. It looks wonderful and I'm such a sucker for fun popcorn.

grace said...

as inspirations go, you can't do much better than the beloved snickers bar!


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