Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Gourmet Popcorn Mix

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Rainy days call for movie night, am I right? And what is a movie night without popcorn.

Mix it up with this sweet & salty take on a gourmet-style popcorn. The sweetness of the caramel, the saltiness of the popcorn, the crunch of the roasted nuts and the melt-iness of the chocolate will have you wondering how you can sneak some in on your next trip to the theatre.

This recipe does require a fair bit of drying time so plan ahead - make it a date night!

Also great for a gift! My boyfriend loves it so much, we made extra batches and gave them as Christmas presents last year.

If those aren’t enough of a reason to make it, National Popcorn Day is January 19. Enjoy!

GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE GOURMENT POPCORN MIX

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups of mixed nuts (or nuts of choice)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup butter (like Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp shortening

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Spread the popcorn and nuts onto multiple large roasting pans.
  3. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup in saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for two minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda, which will foam up, trap air bubbles and help create a softer texture.
  5. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. Stir well to coat.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer to parchment paper. Leave to cool completely.
  8. Melt chocolate chips with shortening in double boiler.
  9. Drizzle chocolate over popcorn. Let dry for 3-ish hours or until hardened. Break into pieces and eat away!

LIFE HACK: If you use popcorn packs, don’t rip the bag open immediately after taking out of the microwave. Turn the bags upside down over a bowl and gently shake. The unpopped kernels will fall through the opening in the pack. Volia!