Have I ever mentioned that I’m a self-proclaimed popcorn connoisseur? Well…ok, maybe not a true connoisseur, but I pop a lot of it, eat a lot of it and love a lot of it. There’s not a tastier snack than warm fresh popped corn simply tossed with salt and butter. And I do know that not all popcorns are created equal. And really, can you watch a movie without popcorn? Heck no!
I came by my love of popcorn honestly. My father’s favorite evening snack was a bowl of popcorn, a sliced apple and some Colby cheese. He popped it himself on the stovetop in his favorite popcorn popping skillet. Which come to think of it was also my mother’s favorite fried chicken skillet.
I’ve always popped corn in a skillet. It’s easy enough to do, just add 3 T. oil and 1/2 cup popcorn and put a lid on it. When it starts to pop, grab the handle, get a tight grip on to the lid and shake the devil out of it until there are no more kernels popping. Then pick out the old maids. Thanks to my friend Vickie, who a few years ago filled me in on the Whirley Pop popcorn maker. I placed my order immediately and the rest is history. It practically lives on my stove-top and it pops corn like a pro. It’s quick and is the best and easiest way to make a great bowl of popcorn. With it’s unique spin techbology, it keeps the corn turning and popping with uniformity. I challenge you to find more than a couple old maids.
Before the Holidays, I was contacted by Wabash Valley Farms, the center of the popcorn universe, and seller of the Whirley Pop, asking if I’d be willing to try out a couple of their products, green tea oil, lemon pepper popcorn and some fine sea salt. “You bet” was my quick answer. I’ve used canola, vegetable, coconut, and my latest oil of choice has been olive oil. I prefer olive and grapeseed because it pops a nice fluffy light colored popcorn and it brings out natural flavors of the popcorn.
This organic green tea oil worked like a charm. It heated up quicker and gave us a bowl of popcorn with pure flavor. It truly is a great oil for popping. The Lemon Yellow Popcorn was delicate, white and fluffy. A perfect popcorn if you ask me. We loved the products.
And, thanks to Wabash Valley Farms, one lucky reader will get the same gift set of Lemon Yellow Popcorn, Green Tea Oil and Fine Salt. Just pay a visit to their website and check out their line up of products. If you’re a popcorn lover like me, you’ll have a great time browsing. And if you’re not the popcorn fiend in your family, consider this set for a gift for the popcorn lover in your life.
How do you win? Just leave a comment telling me what caught your eye. Also, please share your favorite popcorn flavor combination, I’m always looking for ideas. Comments must received by midnight February 23.
For the second batch of Lemon Yellow Popcorn, I tossed it with some browned butter and parmesan. Delicious. The brown butter adds a great nutty flavor and the parmesan is salty and savory adding up to a great snack.
- 3 T. oil
- ½ C. popcorn kernels
- 3 T. unsalted butter
- 6 T. grated Parmesan
- ¼ t. salt
- Place oil and popcorn in your Whirley Pop popcorn maker or pan. Pop and place in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the butter with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove the butter from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.
- Drizzle the butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and salt and toss well.
Brown Butter and Parmesan Popcorn…It’s what’s for a Snack.