Butterbeer Popcorn

Butterbeer Popcorn

Mia Staubli, Writer

We all know of the Harry Potter movies and books. The movies and books, both contain a drink called butterbeer, they have butterbeer in many places including The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade in the movies and books. You can get butterbeer at some places including Universal Studios and Warner Brother Studios, but do they have butterbeer popcorn? Butterbeer popcorn would be a great thing to enjoy maybe while binge-watching the Harry Potter movies or just watching the individual Harry Potter movies. It might be a good alternative from just having normal popcorn, you could have something more related to the movie and something more interesting and something new to try. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups air-popped popcorn (slightly heaping ½ cup of popcorn kernels)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • ¾ teaspoon rum extract
  • 8 tablespoons (115 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt (use less if using fine salt)

Instructions:

  1.  Put the popcorn into a large bowl and set it aside. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner; set aside. Sift together the baking soda and nutmeg in a small bowl; set aside. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, butter extract, and rum extract to a small bowl; set aside.
  1.   Cook the butter, sugar, molasses, water, and salt in a medium-sized, thick-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until the temperature reaches 305F (hard crack stage), stirring occasionally. Carefully stir in the mixture of extracts and then the baking soda/nutmeg mix.
  2.   Pour the toffee over the popcorn and use two heat-safe rubber spatula to toss the popcorn around to distribute the toffee throughout. Spread the popcorn out onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3.   Let the popcorn cool and then break it apart; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

There are many different things that you could do with popcorn but some are more interesting than others as well as some relate more to movies that you are watching than others will. Including butterbeer popcorn which is something new to try and something different than a lot of people make or eat in general. Butterbeer popcorn would be a great thing to have when you are binge-watching the Harry Potter movies with friends and family.