Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn

Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn is the perfect balance of butter, sweet and salt that you need which makes this popcorn totally addictive. With a deep caramel and smoky umami flavour you need look no further for movie night.

Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table

I can count on one hand the number of movies I have seen this year. That’s a sad state of affairs considering I studied film at university and always assumed that is the field in which I would be working throughout my adult life. Oh, and by the way I’m not counting animated films. I think I have seen How To Train Your Dragon at least 60 times, Robin Hood maybe 100, Cars 50 times and Frozen 20 times (it’s not one of Cole’s favourites).

So my career in film fizzled out during my twenties but these days I now don’t watch them at all which my teenage self would have found staggering. I also don’t read film reviews anymore so I’ve no idea what is even on at the cinema. I actually was a film reviewer in a previous life so this really makes me sad.

overhead shot of Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table with maple syrup and bacon salt

One of the problems I have is the kind of films I will actually watch has narrowed considerably since having children, or maybe just getting older. Horror, gritty realism or anything traumatic or weepy are gonzo. I also have no capacity for concentration these days so anything with a complicated or thought provoking plot is also out. That basically leaves comedy or action, as long as it’s not stupid or with too many guns. Romance I can do though. Bring on the romance. As long as one of them doesn’t die at the end.

Then there’s a timing issue. I only really get to sit down in the evenings around nine, I’m usually working on my laptop for an hour and then I need to go to bed for ten otherwise the night time feeds are too overwhelming. So there isn’t really much time to actually sit down and watch a film from beginning to end.

But since I’m always striving to do better I would really like to get this in check. For the sake of teenage me. I miss getting lost in a film, the journey and escapism of them, and then chatting about them afterwards. So Luke and I have instigated movie nights. Saturday nights we work extra hard to get the children asleep on time so that we can be sat on the sofa by 8pm, house tidied, food eaten and work set aside so we can watch a film together.

A mixing bowl of Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn with a wooden spoon

So far we have seen Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3. I know, we may have set a very high bar choosing films with such worthy artistic merits. Will any other film we watch from this moment on measure up? Only time will tell. This weekend we are contemplating Deadpool 2 so we’re certainly not shying away from the highest of highbrow fare. To be honest I was ridiculously excited the first time we sat down to watch something that it didn’t matter what it was, it felt like such a treat. In particular as you know what goes hand in hand with movie nights.

Popcorn!!

There are certain foods in this house which I leave to Luke and they simply cannot be made without his presence. Cocktails are completely his domain. His cheese and onion toasties rule. Oven baked chips he has absolutely mastered. And his popcorn cannot be beaten. If you have tried my Perfectly Sweet n’ Salty Popcorn (which he kinda helped invent) then you know that we take our popcorn very seriously in this house. The ratio of butter to sweet to salt has to be absolutely spot on. This is what makes perfect popcorn so addictive. Your hand should take on a life of its own and dive into the bowl of its own volition. Before you know it you are licking the butter off your fingers and wondering where it all disappeared to.

Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table with maple syrup and bacon salt

Well, this Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn takes its cues from my classic recipe and takes it into the stratosphere. The butter is still there as before, tasting divine, the sugar has been replaced though with maple syrup for even more depth of flavour and the salt has been surpassed by my favourite seasoning of all time. Bacon Salt. Bacon Salt makes everything taste better, salty but with a smoky savoury umami flavour. Bacon Salt is very easy to make and will last an age in the fridge. Once you give into its temptation you will be adding Bacon Salt to everything. Trust me.

Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn is definitely the only popcorn we will need to accompany our movie night from now on. It even tastes as good the next day, if you dare to leave any in the bowl, as it becomes even more toffee like. Totally dangerous.

Oh, and if you have any recommendations for films that have been released in the past three years I would love to hear them so we can add to our movie night roster. One day you never know, we might even be able to return to the actual cinema. A girl can dream.

overhead shot of Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table

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Print Recipe
Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn
Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn is the perfect balance of butter, sweet and salt with a deep caramel and smoky umami flavour.
Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table
Course appetiser, snack
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons bacon salt
Course appetiser, snack
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons bacon salt
Buttered Maple and Bacon Salt Popcorn in a saucepan on a table
Instructions
  1. Drizzle the olive oil into a large pan with a lid. Turn the heat on and to test when your popcorn is ready just pour in 3 of the popcorn kernels. Place the lid on and leave for the corn to pop, it will take a minute or so to get going.
  2. As soon as the 3 kernels have popped then you know it’s the right temperature. Pour in the rest of the popcorn, place the lid on and wait until all the popcorn has popped, shaking the pan every now and then to prevent any burning.
  3. Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan with the maple syrup and bacon salt over a medium heat. After the butter has melted it will start sizzling, leave it to sizzle and crackle and so it begins to turn brown. Once the sizzling has stopped and the butter is a nice nutty brown then remove from the heat.
  4. By this time the popcorn should also have stopped popping. As soon as the corn can go 3 seconds without popping then remove from the heat immediately so it doesn’t burn and pour into a bowl.
  5. Pour the maple and bacon salt butter over the popcorn and stir well so it’s coated thoroughly.

SHOP THE RECIPE

Now, you can make the popcorn in any large saucepan with a lid but I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know that I always make my popcorn in my Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 28 cm – Marseille Blue. It’s actually great as the popcorn doesn’t stick to the bottom of the casserole or burn as easily as other pans I’ve tried and can fit a lot of popcorn in it which is a bonus. It is pricey though and I wouldn’t recommend you buy if you are only going to make popcorn with it. We use it for everything from pot roasts, stews and stocks to making jams and chutneys. It’s large enough that it is great for so many purposes from sweet to savoury. I have the signature marseille blue colour as when I bought it I wanted it to match the old Le Creuset saucepans handed down to me from my dad but you can get them in other beautiful colours. Different colours are different prices so you can definitely get a good deal if you choose a less popular colour.

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Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn

As the nights draw in this Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is the ideal accompaniment to snuggly September evenings on the sofa watching a movie in your cosiest pair of pyjamas.

popcorn in a bowl on a table

Something very exciting happened a couple of weeks ago, I’m only telling you about it now as we were on holiday last week so I’m sorry about the delayed news cycle but let me tell you, it was front page news in the Hartley household. Luke and I went to the cinema! Together! And there was no small person in sight. The last time I was this excited to go to the cinema was to see the Veronica Mars movie. Ahh, the 14th March 2014, a much simpler time.

popcorn kernels in a jar on a table

I have been craving the cinema for months and months, a chance to sit in a darkened room, watch a whole film from start to finish without any fear of being disturbed by the croak from the baby monitor. An opportunity to get lost in an epic story spanning generations, crossing continents with nuanced storytelling, creatively woven character arcs; a story of redemption and loves and lives won and lost.

So of course we went to see Bad Moms. Honestly my brain is so fried these days that to my mind this was honest to goodness Oscar worthy fare.

It was a pretty special evening, we even went out for fish and chips – in a restaurant. I know, right now I am blowing your mind. It was on a plate and everything. This is how fancy we are.

popcorn in a bowl on a table

I don’t know when or if I will ever get the chance to go to the cinema again, but a girl can dream and in the meantime we can watch films in this funny box at the corner of our room called a television. With the lights out, a complete ban on pausing the film to make tea, answer the phone or to go and see to a crying baby (unfortunately the last rule doesn’t always take) then it’s just like being at the Picturehouse. And it’s all because of this cinema worthy Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn. Do they even still do the sweet and salted flavours separately anymore?

popcorn in a bowl on a table

This popcorn has no fancy flavours but is a simple recreation of movie popcorn so you can pretend you’re out on date night again instead of nestled on the sofa, a dog on one knee and your bowl of popcorn balanced on the other. Who am I kidding, if the dog is anything like Billy Buddy then his nose is in that bowl and you are not seeing hide nor hair of any popcorn.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is five minutes in the making and so much healthier than the movie-going version. The butter is browned to a nutty caramel, sweetened with a touch of sugar and flavoured with sea salt. No fuss and zero faff but you do get all the scent of freshly popping corn permeating the house and also the childish glee of taking off the lid of the pan too early to watch the popcorn fly across the kitchen. I’m just too keen.

butter being poured into popcorn in a bowl on a table

Print Recipe
Perfectly Sweet n'Salty Popcorn
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Course snack
Cuisine British
Keyword gluten-free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Course snack
Cuisine British
Keyword gluten-free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Instructions
  1. Drizzle the olive oil into a large pan with a lid. Turn the heat on and pour in the popcorn kernels so they spread out easily at the bottom of the pan. Place the lid on and leave for the corn to pop, it will take a minute or so to get going.
  2. Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan with the icing sugar and salt over a medium heat. After the butter has melted it will start sizzling, leave it to sizzle and crackle and so it begins to turn brown. Once the sizzling has stopped and the butter is a nice nutty brown then remove from the heat.
  3. By this time the popcorn should also have stopped popping. As soon as the corn can go 3 seconds without popping then remove from the heat immediately so it doesn’t burn and pour into a bowl.
  4. Pour the sweet n’salty butter over the popcorn and stir well so it’s coated thoroughly.

SHOP THE RECIPE

Now, you can make the popcorn in any large saucepan with a lid but I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know that I always make my popcorn in my Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 28 cm – Marseille Blue. It’s actually great as the popcorn doesn’t stick to the bottom of the casserole or burn as easily as other pans I’ve tried and can fit a lot of popcorn in it which is a bonus. It is pricey though and I wouldn’t recommend you buy if you are only going to make popcorn with it. We use it for everything from pot roasts, stews and stocks to making jams and chutneys. It’s large enough that it is great for so many purposes from sweet to savoury. I have the signature marseille blue colour as when I bought it I wanted it to match the old Le Creuset saucepans handed down to me from my dad but you can get them in other beautiful colours. Different colours are different prices so you can definitely get a good deal if you choose a less popular colour.

The links above are affiliate links which means if you decide you want to click through to buy then Amazon gives me a small commission at no cost to you whatsoever. To learn more about how the data processing works when using these Amazon affiliate links then please visit my privacy policy page.

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