Popcorn is a classic snack that’s loved by many. The light and crispy texture makes it hard and soft to stop munching once you start! While plain popcorn with just salt and butter is delicious, honey popcorn adds a sweet touch that makes this snack extra yummy and delicious.
Honey popcorn is easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients – popcorn kernels, oil, honey, butter, and salt. Making it on the stovetop results in light and crispy popcorn that perfectly absorbs the sweet honey coating. The honey balances out the saltiness for a snack that hits all the right notes.
Read on for an easy homemade honey popcorn recipe, along with tips for making it perfectly sweet, salty, and crispy every time. This will become your new favorite snack!
Why Honey Popcorn is So Good
What makes honey popcorn so tasty? Here’s why it’s so hard to stop eating this sweet and salty snack:
- The crispy, airy texture of freshly popped popcorn is irresistible on its own. The light crunch with each bite makes you want more.
- Coating the popcorn in honey adds sweetness to the salty, savory popcorn. It balances out the flavors perfectly.
- The honey helps adhere the salt to the popcorn, distributing it evenly. This prevents dry, under-salted pieces.
- Baking the coated popcorn makes it crispy on the outside. The inside stays tender and airy.
- The irresistible sweet and salty flavor combination keeps you coming back for more bites!
Tips for Making the Best Honey Popcorn
Follow these tips to make honey popcorn with the perfect crunch and sweet honey flavor:
- Pop the popcorn in coconut oil or avocado oil to get the lightest, crispiest texture.
- Transfer the popped popcorn to a baking sheet before coating to allow excess steam to escape. This prevents sogginess.
- Stir the honey coating thoroughly to evenly distribute over each piece. Uncoated pieces won’t have enough sweetness or crunch.
- Spread the coated popcorn out in a single layer on the baking sheet. This allows maximum crispness.
- Bake at a low temperature (250°F) for around 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Low, slow baking dries out the honey coating.
- Let the baked popcorn cool completely before serving. The honey coating will become crispy as it cools.
Simple Homemade Honey Popcorn Recipe
Now that you know why this snack is so addicting, get ready to make it yourself! This easy homemade honey popcorn recipe results in the perfect sweet and salty popcorn every time.
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 55 minutes Yield: 9 cups
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 250°F.
- In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels and cover. When the kernels pop, add the remaining kernels in an even layer. Cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Shake pot gently as kernels pop.
- Once popping slows significantly, remove from heat. Transfer popped popcorn to the prepared baking sheet. Discard any unpopped kernels.
- In the empty pot, combine honey and butter. Heat over medium, stirring, until melted and combined.
- Pour honey mixture over popcorn and stir with a spatula to coat evenly. Spread popcorn out in a single layer.
- Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until deep golden brown.
- Let cool completely, then break into bite-sized pieces. Enjoy!
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