Diet starts Monday. That’s the running joke around here. Before you start that New Year’s resolution to trim up try this popcorn. It tastes just like Cinnabon and man oh man I wish this picture was scratch ‘n sniff. The smell of this baking in your oven is out of this world. I have a great caramel corn recipe from my SIL. Super gooey and buttery…but it will have to wait. I was looking for treats to give my neighbors for Christmas and this popcorn packages up so well because it is dry. Dry in a good way. Crunchy, cinnabony popcorn.
I could barely get it into my cute little bags before John had gobbled it up. It’s a great popcorn to munch on while lounging around on New Year’s Eve. The girls over at Best Bites always have good recipes so I knew I would love this. I had a few sugary clumps because I skimmed the instructions and popped it in the oven for 30 minutes without stirring and went outside to ride bikes with my boys. Still tasted fabulous.
|Cinnabon Popcorn|| |
- 12 C popped popcorn (about ½ C kernels or around 1½ bags of microwave popcorn for me)
- 1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
- 1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. Use a bigger bowl than you think you need.
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. *If you microwave it too much your popcorn will turn out really hard.
- Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated. Stir more than you think you need to.
- Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.
- Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!