Amarula Candy Popcorn: Movie night will never be the same

Are you doing the holiday movie marathon thing with your friends and family? You’re going to need snacks and popcorn is a classic movie snack for a reason and candied popcorn is the sweet treat that cinema popcorn was born to be. If you really want to add some of that South African goodness, Amarula Candy Popcorn is the treat you’ve been waiting for. It’s got that caramel popcorn greatness with a dash of Amarula which makes every movie even better.

Amarula is a South African creme liqueur renowned for its richness and creamy texture. Remember that when making your caramel, be very careful not to burn yourself as sugar burns can be severe. Your caramel will come out perfectly with this recipe and will be like store-bought candied popcorn, but much better. It wll be crunchy, sweet and you’ll be eating it by the handful. So, make sure you make enough as this recipe is easily adjustable.

A proudly South African snack with a global appeal. Amarula Candy Popcorn is the best and only snack you’ll want to enjoy during your movie marathons during the holidays.

Amarula Candy Popcorn Recipe

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Recipe by Lindsay Samuels
Course: SnacksCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy

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10 cups popcorn (popped)

150 g butter

1 cup brown granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup Amarula

½ tsp baking Soda


Prepare your popcorn and set aside in large heatproof bowl.
In a saucepan on medium heat, add butter and sugar. Continuously stir the syrup until the sugar dissolves. 
Once the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to turn brown, add the vanilla and Amarula (be careful to add this in gradually while mixing).
Allow the syrup to boil for at least 5 minutes.
Add the baking soda and you will notice that the syrup will turn foamy. At this point, remove from the heat.
While the syrup is hot, pour over the popcorn and mix until well coated.
Pour the popcorn onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat.
Let it cool and enjoy!


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