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Betty: Hi, I’m Betty and welcome to Betty’s kitchen you’ll see that I’m not in my kitchen right now actually, I’m downstairs in our theater room and let me move around here and I will show you that Rick is watching a movie. And I don’t think he’s showing up very well so let me turn on the lights and there he is. Rick and Remy watching the movie and do you think when we’re watching movie we have some popcorn with it? So Rick, you want to come over here and make some popcorn for us.
Betty: We have a popcorn machine and we’re just going to kind of demonstrate this but my focus here is to make some toppings for popcorn and today we’ll be doing caramel popcorn.
So, we’ll make a popcorn down here and take it up to the kitchen and then fly up right up there. I don’t expect that everybody has a popcorn machine. So, you can just use microwave popcorn that’s fine and we do that most of the time anyway. If we’re upstairs watching TV and want popcorn then that’s quick and easy to just go into the kitchen and use the microwave and make a popcorn. So Rick, what are you doing there?
Rick: I put in the seasoning and I put some oil in and some peanut oil. This is a seasoning that we love that we visit a movie house and it’s this stuff right here it’s a favorite color. We bought it to some kind of a wholesome house I think and they last forever. So, you got the oil and the seasoning and now for the popcorn and when I turned it on and always you can hear is that the unit, there’s a bar in there that spins around that keep it moving and let’s put some popcorn, put the lid down and open this, shut this and wait for it to pop.
Betty: The popcorn is starting to pop and as you can hear that and see it but it just continues to do that here a little bit so we’re going to have to go away and let it do its work and its kind of empty this out into the bottom as you can see now and it doesn’t take very long for it to finish making the popcorn. So, I’ll come back when it’s finished.
And here is the cooked popcorn. We’re going to pop two batches this afternoon and probably make coatings for them. So you can see, it’s not as lovely and that’s what we’ll be using for our recipe.
We’ve just come upstairs for making our popcorn downstairs and I’m going to make a topping for this popcorn. This is one bowl of popcorn that we make, it looks nice and fluffy so we’re going to make a caramel topping. What I’m starting with here is ½ stick of butter and I’ve already melted it. You can use it melted or softened but I’ll add some light brown sugar so this is one cup of caramel packed light brown sugar going in there.
And then we have a little bit of milk, we’ve got some skimmed milk here. I’ve got two tablespoons, place that in there, all of this is going to get mixed together and heat it on the stove most of it at least and then some vanilla, I need ½ teaspoon of vanilla. So, I’m taking this over to the stove and blending it together. And as soon as I get it blended, we’re going to turn the heat on and then I will cook it. In cooking it, I need to bring it up to a boil and once that boils, I need to boil it for one minute. A good one minute. And then I will come back and show you what I do for there.
This has been rapidly boiling for one minute so I’m bringing it off the stove, bring that off and come over here. Now, as long as you get this off the stove, you want to add baking soda. I have ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and you’ll notice that it really changes the consistency, it will kind of bubble up and just be lighter in color and that’s what we’ve got to work with. So basically, we want to coat our popcorn with this mixture.
Now, if I were making icing out of this which I do use it for icing, I would beat it until it kind of gets to the point where it’s making a candy like type of thing. What I want to do now is just stir around enough that I think it will harden up around the popcorn. So, I don’t want to stir it a whole lot, it is going to cool down and as soon as it cools, it kind of looses its gloss and you know that it’s going to harden pretty quickly after that.
So, what I’m going to do is just slow down a little bit on my stirring and put some of the popcorn in a bowl. I’ve coated this bowl with cooking oil in order for us to be able to remove my pop corn easily and let’s see how this is coming along, still fine. You want it liquid enough that you can stir it in. And probably we’ll start with just about that much when we do. Pour it in and maybe a little bit more, that one had to stop and get more and don’t have time to get my coating in.
At about this point where you’ve let it just cool and sit a little bit and stir it around then I think we’re going to be able to go ahead and pour it. So, just kind of drizzle it over your popcorn and if you feel like you need more popcorn, have some on reserve sitting there and I’m not actually putting out yet but I just want to start blending this together so that if we do get a good coating over the top of this and it’s looking pretty good. And I think we can go back for some more popcorn just a bit on how much coating you want as compared to the amount of popcorn.
The popcorn is nice and salty and this gives a nice sugary taste to go with it. And you see it will tend to stick to your spoon so I did spray that other spoon but not this one. This time I think is probably going to use it all and my plan is to stir this gray nicely and get it dispersed as well as possible and then I’ll be putting it on this wax paper and spreading it out and letting it harden. And then one’s it hardens, I can serve it in a bowls like this or I can store it. You can store this for a good amount of time if you put it in an air tight container. You might want a Ziploc bag or you might have a canister that has a lid that screws on the top and it’s tight but it’s going to look like this. And it’s going to look a little soft right now because it’s still warm. So, let’s just get it out on to our wax paper and we’ll let it cool off. And as it cools, it will be of the consistency that we can pick up with our hands and eat while we’re watching a movie.