Saturday 28 January 2012

Caramel Popcorn

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Popcorn or popping corn is corn (maize) which expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. There are many techniques for popping corn from either normal kitchen pan/pot, microwave to large scale popcorn machines. Usually Popcorn is eaten in movie theatres that served in choices such as salted or sweetened. But now instead of having it only in the cinema, we could also easily make them at home or purchase in major supermarkets.

About a year ago "Garrett Popcorn" which is a chain of popcorn outlets open it's first outlet in Resort World Sentosa and now they have many other outlets located in Singapore too. (detail HERE). I love their Caramel Flavour with Macadamia Nuts where I could enjoy my favourite nuts and popcorn coated with delicious caramel.


My boy prefers popcorn which is sweeten like those sold in the "cinema" compared to those available in the commercial shops (either nuts, chocolate,  cheese, colouring and etc). And since it is pretty easier to make "popcorn" at home using minimum ingredients and a cooking pot (or home type popcorn machine), we always "pop" some whenever we crave for them.

(serves: 4 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Corn Kernel

Caramel Sauce:
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Golden Syrup
3/4 Cup Caster Sugar
100g Butter Chopped

1. Line a big baking tray with baking papers, allowing 2cm overhang at long ends.

2. Heat oil in HCP(or any cooking pan) over medium heat. Add 2 - 3 corn kernels to test the heat. (Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle)

3. Add remaining corn, cover and lock the pan(if using HCP). Shake pan gently when corn starts popping.

4. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Transfer to a bowl and discard un-popped corn.

5. To make Caramel Sauce:- Clean the pan using kitchen paper towel after removing the popcorn. Place honey, golden syrup, sugar and butter in the pan. Stir and cook over very low heat for about 6 minutes or until sugar dissolved.

6. Next bring the mixture to boil without stirring for another 5 minutes or until light golden.

7. Work quickly, pour mixture over popcorn and stir to combine. Rest caramel popcorn in prepared lined baking tray to cool completely.

8. Break into pieces and served or stored in air-tight containers.

Although this recipe is done using Happy Call Pan (HCP) but you still can apply the same method using any heavy duty pan/pot to achieve the similar results. Have a lovely weekend everyone!!! Cheers!


  1. I love Garrett popcorn!! It's just too bad they don't yet have it here in the UK but I'll definitely myself some when I'm back in Singapore! In the meantime, I shall satisfy my craving with your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, should give a try on this.

  3. I only indulge myself to eat caramel popcorn when we go see movies (which is not so often as we have no babysitters and it's so expensive to watch nowadays!).  I love caramel popcorns and your pictures are so torturing me... lol. ;-)

    1. Me tooo after having kids it's so hard to get into the cinema so there goes my popcorn treat too :( but now with quick and easy recipe I can make anytime whenever we crave for popcorn :p

  4. hi,
    may i know where to buy the corn kernels? are they normal corn kernels? I thought pop corns are from special kind of corn. please advise.


    1. Hi Melissa,

      You can get corn kernel at most of the supermarkets. They are in the same section as those red/green/black beans dried stuffs.

  5. oh. great. thx. i will try this soon :)


  6. Hi Melissa

    The corn kennels are those from the frozen section right? If we are using e frozen type, does it mean we have to steam/boil them first b4 we can make them into popcorn?



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