This recipe for Maple Sea Salt Popcorn is the perfect snack for after school or a movie night at home. It is also tied (with these chocolate chip cookies) for the number one requested snowy day snack around our house. I used to think that making my own popcorn was tricky - I was worried I would burn the popcorn or it wouldn’t pop, Then I came across the Maple and Sea Salt popcorn from Quinn Snacks. Their flavor combination was one that I needed to figure out how to recreate at home. I experimented with using maple sugar instead of maple syrup, but found it to be both simple and super tasty to combine melted butter with maple syrup and drizzle it over the popcorn.
What You’ll Love About this Recipe:
- quick, easy, and really fun to make
- addictive sweet and salty flavors
- naturally sweetened
- kids love it!
- all true! (this was John's addition to the list as he was listening to me proofread)
Making your own popcorn is truly so easy. You can pop the kernels in an air popper, use a brown paper bag and the microwave, or make the popcorn on your stove top. For this recipe, I used the stove top.
Making Maple Sea Salt Popcorn:
In a small sauce pan, you'll melt the butter and maple syrup. Keep warm while the popcorn is popping.
For the popcorn you'll start with a 3-quart, heavy bottomed pan. I like this one from Cooks Standard. You'll add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to the bottom of your pan, add 2-3 popcorn kernels, cover, and heat over medium heat. Once you hear the kernels pop, you will remove the pan from the heat and fish out the 3 pieces of popped popcorn. Add your ½ cup of popcorn to the hot oil. Cover and return the pan to the heat. Every 30 seconds or so, you will lift and shake the pan. This moves the kernels around inside and prevents the popcorn on the bottom from burning. Once the popping slows down, remove popcorn from the heat and transfer to a large bowl for seasoning.
I like to pour half of the popcorn into a bowl, drizzle with half of the melted butter and syrup, sprinkle with salt, and then give the popcorn a quick mix. Repeat this process with the second half to the popcorn.
I hope you love this newest recipe. I'd love to hear your feedback, so feel free to comment here on the blog or on social media.
Happy snow day!
Other delicious snack ideas
- Nate's Chunky Monkey Granola
- Maple Roasted Pecans
- What's Cooking for the Super Bowl
- No Bake Almond Butter Cacao Energy Bites
Maple Sea Salt Popcorn
- 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and maple syrup together over medium heat until the butter is completely melted. Allow the mixture to bubble for about a minute before removing it from the heat.
- Place oil and 2-3 popcorn kernels in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan. Heat over medium heat, listening for the kernels to pop.
- Once the 2-3 kernels have popped, remove them from the pan and add your ½ cup of popcorn kernels to the hot oil.
- Return the popcorn to the heat and allow the popcorn to pop. You want to shake the pan back and forth over the heat so that the popcorn on the bottom doesn't burn. Be sure to shake at least every 30 seconds.Once the popping has slowed down, remove the popcorn from the heat. Transfer the popcorn to a large serving or mixing bowl.
- Drizzle the butter and maple syrup mixture over the popcorn. Toss or gently mix the popcorn to coat all of the pieces. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and enjoy!
KITCHEN TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS THAT I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:
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Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing and so simple!