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Today is National Popcorn Day! (January 19, 2013)

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Did you know that today was National Popcorn Day? I just found out about it the other day. It seems like just about everything has a special day these days. I can’t wait for there to be a National Blogger Day. :-)

I love popcorn. It’s a great low calorie treat when eaten plain. Or you can jazz up the flavor and mix it with chocolate, toffee, cheddar cheese, spices and numerous other things. Popcorn is a very versatile snack food. Too bad there wasn’t a way to incorporate popcorn into a main meal. If anyone knows of any unusual popcorn recipes feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an e-mail. I would love to hear about it.

In honor of today I have a yummy popcorn recipe to share with readers, compliments from our friends at Cooking Light.Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn
  • kernels
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 2. tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 250.
  2. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.
  3. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add popcorn; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand until popping stops. Uncover; add almonds.
  4. Combine sugar, syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn; toss well. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Serves 20 (serving size: about ¾ cup).

Nutrition Information: calories 155; fat 7.4g (sat 1.8g, mono 3.5g, poly 1.6g); protein 2.6g; carb 21.3g; fiber 1.4g; chol 4mg; iron 0.4mg; sodium 108mg; calc 17mg

This recipe comes from the book Cooking Light: The New Way to Cook Light.

For more great recipes visit the Cooking Light website www.CookingLight.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter. You can even check out the Cooking Light Pinterest page. But be forewarned… wear a bib! The food images are bound to make you drool. :-)Cooking Light The New Way to Cook LightKimberly

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.

Comments

  1. Ooh I’ll have to make this for my peanut butter loving hubby!!