So, we were literally seconds from publishing a kind of preachy post about why you must watch tonight’s debates (9PM – ET), but we decided to leave that to someone else, although stay tuned for us on our soapbox about why you absolutely, positively must vote!
Instead, since (ahem), we know you are going to watch, we turned our attention to your debate viewing snacks. We’re recommending popcorn. Of course, your healthiest alternative is air popped with just a dash of salt, but if you want to branch out, consider these yummy recipes:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
by The Gunny Sack
1 bag popped popcorn
1 bag peanut butter chips
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Spread popcorn into 1-2 jelly roll pans in a thin layer. Melt 1/2 bag peanut butter chips (more as needed) and drizzle over popcorn. Sprinkle peanut butter cups over popcorn. Melt 1/2 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (more as needed) and drizzle over popcorn. Allow melted chips to harden before separating into smaller pieces.
Light Caramel Corn
by 2 Sisters 2 Cities
¼ cup of unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
½ cup of light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. kosher salt
⅛ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
12 cups of popped popcorn,placed in extra large bowl
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then spray with cooking spray.
Place butter in medium pot over medium heat to melt. Add in brown sugar and corn syrup and stir until sugar dissolves.
Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low and allow sugar syrup to simmer for 4-5 minutes without stirring.
After, stir the mixture and continue to simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. The caramel mixture will start to become a deep golden color.
At this point turn off heat and stir in salt, baking soda and vanilla extract.
Once the caramel is all mixed together, pour over large bowl of popcorn. Stir the caramel into the popcorn, trying to get all the popcorn mixed in. You will need to work quickly because caramel with start to dry. (Also note that as you bake it you will be able to spread the caramel out more.)
Spread the popcorn out on the lined baking sheet and place in the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. The finished popcorn will have a deep amber color and the caramel will looks a bit like sugar crystals. The recipe says tousually go the entire 20 minutes because every five minutes you should use a rubber spatula to break up and stir the caramel so each piece of popcorn has a little caramel on it.
Let the caramel corn cool and store in an airtight container.
BBQ Flavored Popcorn
by Kitchen Explorers
Prep Time: 5 min(s) Cook Time: 5 min(s) Total Time: 10 min(s) Servings: 4-6
A simple but tasty recipe for BBQ Popcorn. Like your favorite flavored potato chips, this zesty snack makes a great quick and easy appetizer or treat the whole family will love.
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard powder
3 tablespoons grape seed oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
In a small bowl, mix the garlic salt, smoked paprika, sugar, onion powder, chili powder, table salt, and mustard until evenly combined.
Using an air popper, pop the corn kernels into a large bowl.
Drizzle the oil over the popcorn, shaking the bowl gently to evenly distribute the oil over all the pieces.
Shake some of the spices over the popcorn and gently shake the bowl again. Repeat this a couple more times until the seasonings are all used up and evenly distributed.
Happy Debate Viewing! (hint, hint)