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Dad's Popcorn recipe

Dad's Popcorn recipe

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You will never go back microwave popcorn after trying this recipe for the hob. It is made with oil, margarine and salt.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 100g unpopped popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

MethodPrep:2min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:7min

  1. Start by lining a large serving bowl with kitchen paper, which will absorb excess oil.
  2. In a 2 litre saucepan, combine the oil, margarine and popcorn. Set over high heat, and constantly shake the pan back and forth. After the first kernel of corn pops, place the lid on the pot, and continue shaking. When the popcorn starts to lift the lid up off the pan, remove it from the heat, and hold it over the paper bag until it stops popping.
  3. Pour into the bowl and season with half of the salt. Shake the bowl to distribute the salt. Taste before adding more so you don't make it too salty. You can always add more salt.

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Reviews in English (177)

by John Gawecki

Hi, I posted this recipe. I just wanted to let you know the ingredients I use because reviewer "Annie" gave me 1 star because she is having troubles getting it right. I start by buying the best (most expensive) yellow popcorn kernels. Cheaper brands don't pop well. I use Pure Wesson Vegetable Oil and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to cook them in. Then I top it off with Lawry's Seasoned Salt (remember not to add too much). I hope that helps Annie. When you get it to work I hope you come back and update your review. Thank you and enjoy!-06 Feb 2008

by Lisa

Soooooo easy and delicious, no need to microwave ever again! But! Note that this popcorn can be made really successfully using the same method but with only 1 T of canola oil and 1 T of margarine (I use Smart Balance), the salt will still stick just fine and the fat is cut down a ton. Have fun!-13 Mar 2007

by Momof2

Believe it or not there is a trick to this for those who are afraid of burning the popcorn. Only add 3 kernels to the oil first and when all 3 pop then add the rest of the unpopped kernels.Make sure you shake well so that it is in motion. We also like to add the butter oil that you can get at the grocery store. Delicious and the paper bag gets rid of the extra oil that usually deposits at the bottom of the bowl. I REFUSE to eat microwave popcorn again. Delicious. Thanks for the post.-19 Jul 2008

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Recipe Summary

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup almonds, chopped
  • 8 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups rolled oats (do not use instant)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup thinly sliced dried apricots
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread coconut on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, stirring once or twice, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Wipe off baking sheet and spread almonds on it. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring once or twice. Transfer to bowl with coconut to cool.

Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, coconut, almonds, raisins and apricots stir well.

In a small pan over low heat, combine honey, brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Pour honey mixture over popcorn mixture stir until all ingredients are well-coated and there are no dry spots. Transfer mixture to baking dish. Using lightly moistened palms, firmly press mixture into baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.


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  • 150g/5½oz popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp caster sugar (or any other type of fine sugar including icing sugar or soft light brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp drinking chocolate powder
  • 2 sprays of spray oil, or 1 tsp regular oil

Pop the corn according to the packet instructions and put into a mixing bowl.

Put the coffee, sugar and chocolate powder into a blender and blitz until a fine powder. Alternatively grind in a pestle and mortar or place in a small food bag and crush using a rolling pin.

Spray the oil onto the popcorn and mix to coat lightly. Sprinkle with the coffee mixture.

Recipe Tips

The coffee granules can be removed if preferred, and the other flavourings simply stirred together.

Buy the ready popped popcorn if that’s easier for you, but popping your own is much cheaper.


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