Kettle Corn Pops

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
20 kettle corn pops
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 pound dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 liter liquid nitrogen, optional
Directions
  • Special equipment: a candy thermometer, 20 bamboo skewers and an insulated, stainless steel bowl

  • Place the popcorn and peanuts in an insulated stainless steel mixing bowl.

  • Combine the sugar, molasses and vanilla in a 1-quart saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and continue to boil until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until incorporated. Add the baking soda and stir until well incorporated.

  • Pour the hot, finished mixture over the popcorn and peanuts and stir to incorporate.

  • Hand form twenty 3-ounce portions of the kettle corn onto the ends of 20 bamboo skewers and let cool.

  • Pour one half of the liquid nitrogen, if using, into the insulated, stainless steel bowl.

  • Holding the end of one of the skewers, dip the popcorn into the liquid nitrogen and hold it there for 5 seconds before lifting it out. Repeat with the remaining skewers.

Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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