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Pop, pop, popping…

Hubby insisted on watching a ‘film of his choice’ (that sounds quite dodgy, it really isn’t, it just means a boy film, and not a rom-com..) last weekend, seeing as how his birthday evening was slightly scuppered by having to tidy the house (long story) and then not having time to watch a film, so watching Africa, and me then wigging out about climate change

So, with the fire lit, and Casino Royale in the DVD player, I decided some snacks were in order.

Now, as you are all avid and dedicated readers, you will know that we are taking part in Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Waste Watchers campaign, and trying to reduce the amount of waste we throw away that goes to landfill. Most snacks are not the most ‘waste friendly’ products-with sweets and crisps nearly all coming in non-recyclable containers.

But not this snack. I made….

Homemade popcorn!

It beats the shop bought stuff hands down, is soooooo much cheaper, and no packaging to feel guilty about disposing of at the end of the evening-hurrah!

I have been making this for several years now, after discovering this recipe in a book called “In the Mood for Food” by Jo Pratt. I even go as far as making some whenever we get the rare opportunity of a night out at the cinema, and take it with us in a tupperware box (is that really sad?)

popcorn1The recipe in the book is for Cocoa and Cinnamon-sugared Popcorn. In the past, I have omitted the cocoa and just used the cinnamon, but this time, we had no cinnamon in the house, so we had sugar and cocoa, and I can report that both varieties are equally yummy. We may go crazy and do the cocoa and cinnamon next time we get some cinnamon…

If you want to try it yourself…

This is what you need:

  • 75g popping corn (widely available in the supermarkets, and places like Julian Graces (before they went under)
  • about 1tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar (this sounds like an alarmingly teeth aching amount, but I bet it is still less than is in shop bought stuff!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (when I just use cinnamon, I use about a big tsp, but then I quite like cinnamon…)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder (the recipe says sieved-needless to say, I couldn’t be bothered, and just stirred it in well with the sugar!)

This is what you do:

  • Heat a large saucepan over a high heat and add the oil. Swizzle it around the pan so it is just coating the bottom
  • Add the popcorn and stir it to coat it in the oil


  • Cover the pan with a lid, and wait! Give it a shake every now and then to stop the corn sticking and burning
  • While you are waiting for the corn to start popping, stir your sugar, cocoa and cinnamon together


  • After a minute or 2, it should start to pop. Shake the pan a couple of times while it is popping to stop if from burning
  • As soon as the popping has stopped, take the pan off the heat
  • Take off the lid, sprinkle over your sugar mix and stir thoroughly. Keep stirring it for few minutes, as the sugar will melt in the hot pan, giving you a sticky almost toffee like substance to get spread all over your popcorn!
  • Eat when cool enough to avoid burns!!


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  • Reply AnyGoodToYou.com February 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    It’s odd, I have made popcorn so many times and never thought of adding other flavourings. Now I’m thinking about cocoa and freeze dried raspberries 🙂 yum

    • Reply Jen February 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Oooo yes, that sounds pretty awesome! Keep the new flavour ideas coming-we could start a homemade popcorn revolution! I will selflessly volunteer to taste test them all…

      • Reply Hazel February 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        It’s important to avoid bias, so I think you should have an assistant. I volunteer to help, purely for fairness of course. 🙂

        • Reply Jen February 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

          It would only be right and proper Hazel 😉

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  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) February 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Been making popcorn to save buying expensive snax that are full of too many chemicals & salt but hadn’t dreamt of Cinnamon & Popcorn … Oooooooooh <3 It !!!

    • Reply Jen February 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Great! I LOVE cinnamon. Let me know what you think!

  • Reply Antonia February 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Have you tried making salt and sweet separately and then mixing them? Each mouthful is different….

    • Reply Jen February 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Ooooh, will give that a go. Kind of a twist on the whole salted caramel thing..?!

  • Reply AngelJem February 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Yummy! I love my popcorn salty. Nigella made a salty spicy one in her Christmas book that I like a lot but my daughter loves her popcorn sweet. And cocoa cinnamon sounds good.

    • Reply Jen February 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      I am a sweet fan too 🙂

  • Reply Hazel February 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Mmm! I love cinnamon- will have to try this. Eldest daughter made toffee popcorn for some her friends when they came round to watch a film last week- equal parts of vinegar, sugar, golden syrup and butter. I may have had to help taste test…


    • Reply Jen February 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      That sounds yummy-do you just melt all the bits together?

      • Reply Hazel February 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        Yes, then you mix it in with the popcorn. T says it makes quite a lot- she reckons a tbsp of each is enough for a medium bowl of popcorn.

        • Reply Jen February 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm

          Fab-will try this next time!

  • Reply Sue February 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    OMG. That sounds gooood. That has got to be done next family film night!

    • Reply Jen February 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      It is really yummy! Give it a go. Probably quite fun to make with bigger Smalls than mine too-as long as you are careful..!

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