Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Sweet and Salty Caramel Furikake Popcorn.
Raise your hand if you like the combination of sweet and salty flavors. I have to admit there’s something addictive about this flavor combination, especially when it’s something crunchy like popcorn.
Ever since we got back from Hawaii this summer, I’ve been sprinkling furikake on just about everything. You might have seen my Smashed Avocado Miso Toast with Poached Egg and Furikake recipe (Huffpost Taste even featured it on their site).
I came across Chef Roy Choi’s Hurricane Popcorn recently, which is like a furikake kettlecorn. It sounded kind of funky with popcorn, corn pops, furikake, dried pineapple, bacon, hot chile flakes and cayenne. Today’s Sweet and Salty Caramel Furikake Popcorn is a simpler furikake popcorn recipe, and kid-friendly. The furikake adds a little saltiness and umami.
I popped the corn in coconut oil but if you have an air popper, you can use that. Digging through my old recipe notebook, I found a recipe for caramel popcorn that added vanilla and baking soda, and said to cook the sugar mixture until 255 degrees fahrenheit, which is a dark amber color.
That recipe also used a stick and a half of butter compared to the three tablespoons of fat in my recipe (2 tablespoons coconut oil + 1 tablespoon butter). Yikes!
I served this popcorn in these cute eco-friendly tear-drop shaped serving bowls. Do you like? They’re part of Yumi EcoSolutions’ Nature+™ bamboo product line. They’re durable, lightweight and perfect for everyday use. I’ve used them for entertaining a bunch of times already and everyone always compliments me on how beautiful the serving pieces are. You can use all six of the tear-drop bowls in the platter or individually.
What I like about them is that they’re very sustainable – they’re made from bamboo fibers which were leftovers from making bamboo flooring and cutting boards. They’re also melamine free and petroleum free.
They can be used for hot or cold foods and are great for housewarming gifts (I’m buying a few for Christmas presents this year). I’ve used them for after-school snacks (my son loved the variety and the colorful display), and I’m planning on using them to serve all the toppings for tacos or chili (e.g., tomatoes, avocados, Greek yogurt, scallions, shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno peppers) when I entertain this Fall.
You can check out their entire Nature+™ bamboo product line here. Keep up on what Yumi EcoSolutions is up to on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+. You can purchase these products at Palmer’s Market in Darien, CT, Cook and Craft in Old Greenwich, CT, or online at Amazon.com and Paperless Kitchen.
I’ve got one Nature+™ 15″ serving tray with six teardrop bamboo bowls to giveaway today. There are multiple ways to enter.
Caramel Furikake Popcorn
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
- 1 tablespoon organic butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons furikake
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place coconut oil and popcorn in a large pot and cover; heat on medium. Shake pan as kernels begin to pop; remove from heat once popcorn stops popping (when there are only a few seconds between pops) and pour into a bowl. Measure out 8 cups of popped corn for this recipe.
Heat butter and maple syrup until dark amber (255 degrees F). Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and sprinkle with furikake; stir to coat. Spread onto a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes until crisp. Remove from oven and let cool.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Disclosure: I received a complimentary set to use; all opinions are my own.
I have NO idea what furikake is but you certainly have piqued my interest!
Carolyn – furikake is a blend of sesame seeds, nori seaweed and other spices sometimes – when we were in Hawaii this summer, I had it on so many foods – love it!
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
the wine party plates are neat!
Whitney @ www.sweetcayenne.com says
I’ve seen this recipe by Roi Choi and have been wanting to try it for a while – your version looks delicious! Do you think I can find furikake here in Lincoln, NE? Haha I might have to wait until a visit home to Dallas!
Haha – I have no idea Whitney. You never know though. You can probably buy it on Amazon.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
The salad bowl and bamboo cover is so cute! Perfect for keeping gluten-filled crumbs out of dishes!
Marjory @ Dinner-Mom says
I have to hunt down some furikake – this looks wonderful!
Shashi @ runninsrilankan says
I adore these Yumi EcoSolutions’ Nature+™ bowls – too cute! As I have gotten older, I crave the sweet and salty combo more – so this popcorn has me drooling!
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
Love the stacking bowls!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Jeanette, I LOVE furikake. . I love that you mixed it in this popcorn!! love the sweet and salty!
Alice – I just bought yet another jar of furikake – I think I have at least three kinds now!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
You know how much I love furikake! LOVE their addition in this delicious snack!
Sweet and salty is my favorite and love that you added furikake to this popcorn! Such a great idea – it looks amazing! My husband is obsessed with popcorn so I can’t wait to make this for him 🙂
I love the batter bowls!
Sandy Headtke says
AMORÉ 6 PIECE SCULPTURE STACKABLE BOWL SET
Emily @ Zen & Spice says
I’ve never heard of furikake! You learn something new everyday!
These dishes are so cute. They popcorn sounds like a great sweet-savory-crunchy combination!
Alison H. says
I love the teardrop bamboo bowls!
Brittany Koelmel says
I love the wine party plates!
Krista M. says
The stacking bowls are great!
Karen D says
They are all very nice, but I think the 12″ Salad Bowl with Bamboo Cover is exceptional.
I like the salad bowl and cover and the ice cream scoop.
Cathy S. says
Nice! Hard to choose, but since I’m in need of salad/cereal bowls that is what I would currently choose.
I really like the Salad Bowl with Bamboo Cover – it’s very elegant looking.
I like the Amoré 6 Piece Sculpture Stackable Bowl Set.
The serving ware is really fun & functional! Never heard of this recipe category but I love sweet & salty ! Thanks
Angel Heaven Lee says
I love this set! Plus I love:
4 PIECE CONDIMENT SET
SET OF 4, DINNER & SERVING PLATES
Sharon Howard says
I Love the 12″ Salad Bowl with Bamboo Cover because I always have left over salad that I want to eat for lunch the next day but it is not crunchy anymore. So it doesn’t taste as good and this bamboo lid might solve that problem.
Deanna Middendorf says
The stacking bowls are really cool. They have really nice items.
Shannon S. says
Your recipes are always so delicious sounding!!
Tricia G says
The salad bowl.
rachel jenkins says
the wine party plates look groovy.
Joni Owada says
I like the salad bowl with a cover.
Liberty Boblett says
I would love to have the Amoré 6 Piece Sculpture Stackable Bowl Set! Excited to find this company!
Susan Broughton says
I like the Set of 4, Dinner & Serving Plates. either color is nice I just like the shape and colors of them
Debbie W says
The popcorn looks so good!
Shea Adams says
I LOVE the product featured on this page! I believe its the 15″ SERVING TRAY WITH 6 TEARDROP SERVING PIECES! This would be perfect for entertaining guests or just entertaining my son lol! Its perfect 🙂
Stephanie Phelps says
Another product that I love is the 12″ Salad Bowl with Bamboo Cover
sydney anderson says
this looks soo good and healthy too
I like the 12″ Salad Bowl with Bamboo Cover.