Thursday, January 29, 2009

(Potential) Superbowl snacks, if you make that sort of thing.

At Christmas I sent my Uncle and Aunt (his wife) some snacks we call Kettle Puffcorn. (I don't know its original name, I got the recipe from another mother back in the days when my children were in preschool. I have made a few adjustments to it over the years.) He told me they really enjoyed it and suggested that I post the recipe (for everyone) when I asked him if he wanted it. I have only made this using Old Dutch Brand Puffcorn, but there are other brands out there. (Just don't buy the cheese flavor, you want the popcorn flavor.)
Now, if you would Kettle Puffcorn make,
A bag and a half of Puffcorn take.

Oh, wait. Wrong recipe. Let's try again.

2 bags Old Dutch Puffcorn
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 250° F.
Pour one-and-a-half bags of Puffcorn into a large roaster pan. (Non-stick lined is great, but not absolutely necessary.)

Put remaining ingredients into a 2 quart saucepan (aka deep enough for boiling sugar syrup) and bring to a boil.

Boil for two or three minutes.

Pour mixture over Puffcorn in roaster and stir to coat, adding the remaining half of the second bag if you want. (If there is anyone around when I make this, part of that last half a bag is usually consumed before it ends up in the pan.)

When mixed/coated, put into preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how crisp you like it, stirring every fifteen minutes or so.
Remove from oven, let cool and break-up large clumps.
This could also be done in two 9x13 baking pans, or cookie sheets if you stir carefully.

[There is a recipe on the ODP bag (and their website) for a darker Caramel style Puffcorn, using brown sugar.]


Channon said...

Can you find such stuff here in the South? I have a mission...

Jayhawk said...

Can you find such stuff here in the South?
Not to mention the Southwest?

I was about to do some gentle prodding, since the "goodie" withdrawal symptoms were becoming severe. I made a batch of Chex Snax (which I do with only the Chex and some nuts, no pretzels, and a little extra garlic), to stave it off.

I'm trying to persuade my bride that chili-dogs is the eats of choice for the Superbowl, but she merely greets that with a world class sneer. So Superbowl eats are still up in the air, but probably braised/bbq ribs.

bruce said...

we will have the Honorary Uncle Bill Chili Dog in your honor, sir...

yeah, I think A brought some of those puffsnacks back with him last August, they did not last long at all.

Bubblesknits said...

Oooh, thanks for the recipe! I'll hand it to the cook in the house and butter him up enough to make me a batch. ;-)

Channon said...

PS - The Knight is DEMANDING his own batch, which I take will be made by his own precious hands because he's decided that adding cinnamon will produce HIS new breakfast cereal.