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Fun to make with children, this is healthier and cheaper alternative to shop-bought popcorn. If you put this sticky orange and ginger popcorn into bags and tie with a ribbon, it’s a healthy treat for Halloween.
Serves
10
Prep
5 minutes
Cook
3 minutes
Each 18g serving contains (excludes serving suggestion)
KCal
31
Carbs
6.20g
Fibre
0.20g
Protein
0.80g
Fat
0.20g
Saturates
0.00g
Sugars
0.80g
Salt
0.01g
Portion Fruit & Veg
0
Ingredients
Ingredients
75g popping corn
juice and zest 1 orange
1 level tsp powdered ginger
3 tsp granulated sweetener
Method
  1. Heat a large deep pan with a lid, add half (or a third, depending on the size of your pan) of the popping corn and cover. Shake regularly and after 2-3 minutes you’ll hear the corn start to pop – don’t be tempted to open the lid! Keep shaking until the popping stops.
  2. Put the popped corn into a large bowl and discard any corn that hasn’t popped. Repeat until all your corn is done.
  3. Meanwhile, in another saucepan warm the orange juice, ginger and sweetener and until dissolved. Mix until it reaches boiling point then heat for 2-3 minutes until it becomes sticky and the volume is reduced by three quarters.
  4. Stir in the zest and add the popcorn, mixing well so it is all coated.
  5. Spread onto a tray and leave to dry completely before bagging it up.
Chefs tips
  • Don’t put too much corn in at once – cook in batches as it expands a lot. Don’t open the lid while it’s popping as it will pop out all over the kitchen.
  • Take care not to let the pan dry completely as you need enough sauce to coat the popcorn, but if the sauce is too wet your popcorn will be soggy.
  • Make sure the popcorn is thoroughly cooled before you bag it.
  • Try adding a good pinch of spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
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