The latest movie is pre-ordered, the curtains are drawn, the fire is lit, the log holder is full and the flickering candles on the wooden ladder are casting an atmospheric glow. You are snuggled in a warm throw, cocooned by cushions on the living room chairs. You have everything to hand… but there is something missing: a sweet treat!
Halfway through a gripping movie is no time to decide you need something sweet. But there are times when chocolate or sugary sweet are the answer. You need a mixture of saltiness and sweetness, perfect for any movie night. This easy recipe for Salted Caramel Popcorn Pots is perfect.
This recipe serves two and is simple, taking only 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. Make the night before or 8 hours before as it needs at least this time chilling.
Sweet and salty, with a caramel base layer and a sweet, smooth pannacotta topping is the perfect combination for movie night.
- 400ml double cream
- 200ml milk
- 140g toffee popcorn, and a few extra kernels for topping
- 2 gelatine leaves or vegetarian alternative
- 4 tbsp caramel (in this recipe, we used Carnation Caramel; you’ll find it in the baking aisle, in a tin)
- Half tsp flaky sea salt
Make the dessert…
- Pour the cream and milk into a large pan and add the popcorn. Bring to a gentle simmer, pushing the floating popcorn under the liquid and squashing it gently.
- Allow the mixture to bubble gently for 1 minute and then remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a jug and chill for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight.
- Strain the popcorn mixture, discarding the bits of popcorn, back into a clean pan and gently reheat.
- When the mixture is warm, add the gelatine or vegetarian option, following the instructions on the gelatine packet for softening it beforehand. Stir until dissolved.
- Mix the sea salt into the caramel and divide this salty caramel mixture between 2 glasses (or if it’s a romantic movie date night, why not make it a sharing dessert…?)
- Pour the warm popcorn cream on top and chill until set, usually 2 hours.
- Scatter a few popcorn kernels artistically on top, grab a spoon and dive in!
Of course, these popcorn delights are not just perfect for movie night but Bonfire Night too. A great alternative to chocolate pots, kids and adult alike love the combination of saltiness and sweetness. They also make lovely treats for kid’s parties too because everyone loves popcorn, right?!
For larger parties, such as Halloween or Bonfire Night, double or triple the ingredient quantities and make sure it has plenty of time to chill. Serve smaller portions in tiny, coloured plastic shot glasses, just enough sweetness to add zing to the palate.
With the remaining caramel, why not make a Banoffee Pie, a beautiful combination of caramel and the natural sweetness of bananas on a biscuit base for crunch?