If you haven’t had stove top popcorn in a while, you should consider revisiting this simple treat. Don’t know how to make popcorn on the stove? No problem, I’m here to show you how in just a few easy steps.
- some type of cooking oil- I used peanut. Don’t use olive oil for this recipe, the taste is too strong, and it burns faster than most other oils.
- popcorn kernels- enough to cover the bottom of your pot
- a Dutch oven, or big pot with a lid, preferably with handles
- 1 cup of white chocolate or candy melts
- fall sprinkles
Pour enough kernels into the Dutch oven to form a single, solid layer on the bottom of the pot. The amount will vary, based on the size of your pot. Cover the kernels with cooking oil-not too much, just enough to cover the kernels well.
Turn the stove eye on medium, and place the lid on top. As the kernels cook, place both hands on the side handles, and slide the pot forwards and backwards in a shake/slide motion every few minutes. This keeps the kernels from burning. My handle is clear, so I can see the popcorn at all times. In the picture below, you can see that the kernels are just beginning to pop.
When you place a solid layer of kernels in the bottom of your pan, cover them with oil, and cook them on medium heat, your pot will naturally fill with white, fluffy popcorn, and will not burn or leave behind an excessive amount of unpopped kernels. It’s like magic. When the pot is nearly filled with popcorn, remove it from the stove (If it starts to smells like it’s burning, remove it before that).
Set the pot of popcorn aside, and leave the lid on while you melt the white chocolate, or candy melts. If you use white chocolate, you can put a teaspoon of shortening in with it so that it will pour easily when melted. Microwave it at 40 second intervals until it’s smooth.
Divide the popcorn evenly into two medium-sized bowls. Pour the white chocolate over it, shaking the popcorn around in the bowl as you go, to ensure full coverage.
I divide my popcorn into two bowls so that I can pour the white chocolate evenly, and to have more than one bowl to share during the movie.
Add the fall sprinkles before the white chocolate cools.
Enjoy the fall season!
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