Something a little different on the site today: Popcorn! I am actually a huge fan of popcorn and particularly the whole sweet and salty of kettle corn. I decided to make this type maple-based and OMG is it good. Really easy to double (or even triple!) If you are making it for a crowd. Best fresh, but will hold up to about a week and still be very yummy! Give it a try.
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup maple sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon maple extract vanilla
additional kosher or coarse sea salt
Pop the popcorn kernels in an air popper or in the microwave using the method above. Sort through popcorn to remove any un-popped kernels and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce. Over medium-low heat, melt maple sugar, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Stir until all sugar is dissolved, then increase heat to medium. Watching carefully, bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Let boil, stirring regularly, for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt, baking soda, and maple extract. Mixture will foam up a bit.
Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir to coat. Spread out onto a silicone mat, or a bit of parchment or waxed paper. Sprinkle with additional salt.