One of the best advantages to making things homemade is the control you have over what goes into your food. Once a product is already processed and packaged, it’s impossible to get rid of anything unwanted (and lots of times the things we wouldn’t want in our food are there without our knowledge). I love recipes made from just raw food. There’s something so wholesome to a list of ingredients that includes foods primarily in their natural state, or else not too far removed from it.
One of the easiest homemade snacks to make is popcorn. At some point in high school, friends introduced me to a new twist on traditional popcorn. They called it ‘canadian popcorn’ and they simply added M&M’s to the steaming bowl of salty delight. The heat from the popcorn causes the milky center of the M&M to warm but they stay in tact because of the crispy candy shell. The balance between crispy, salty, popcorn and warm, melted chocolate in your mouth is AMAZING.
Here’s what you need:
- Unpopped Popcorn
- Vegetable or Canola oil
- M&M’s (any variety)
To make homemade popcorn, simply coat the bottom of a large pan with enough oil so that the pan is barely covered (about 3-4 tblsp).
Add a couple of handfuls of popcorn- each kernel should have it’s own spot on the bottom of the pot (no stacking).
Turn the heat on a medium setting, put on the lid and let the oil and popcorn heat.
At this point I find my big popcorn bowl (can’t use any other!) and place a handful (or two… or three) of M&M’s in the bottom of the bowl. Thankfully, I’ve got good kitchen help if I ever need assistance.
Once I notice the oil starting to sizzle, I shake the pot a few times to make sure the kernels are cooking evenly.
After 5-6 minutes the kernels will start to pop. While popping, continue to shake the pot a few times to make sure the popped kernels are moving to the top (to prevent burning).
Within a minute or two all of the kernels will have popped. You can turn off the burner and pour the popcorn over your awaiting M&M’s, adding as much salt as you wish.
This tasty treat won’t leave artificial yellow coloring all over your knuckles, but it will still satisfy your movie crunching cravings.
And for those of you pointing your fingers….Yes, I realize M&M’s aren’t the most wholesome and unprocessed food ever, but we all have our weaknesses… crunchy coated chocolate in bright colors happens to me one of mine : )