What’s better than apple pie? Apple pie popcorn! This easy apple pie popcorn is a yummy treat or snack, and fun to make. This recipe is our must-make for our family every Pi Day, too. And the brown sugar, ground cinnamon and chunks of popcorn pairs so well with chunks of dried apple. It gets baked for a few minutes and comes out all warm and crunchy. It’s a snack and dessert and a meal, all in one.
Pi Day is March 14th – aka 3.14, the first three digits of pi. NASA calls pi the “Swiss Army knife of numbers”. But, no matter how big or small, the ratio of a circle’s circumference (the distance around it) to its diameter (the distance across it) is always equal to pi. David and I made this recipe for our family’s Sunday movie night tradition, where we are pairing popcorn and cocktails with our favorite films. So, here is our Pi Day movie snack and drink pairing:
MOVIE: Hidden Figures (2016). The inspiring true story of three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s as “human computers” — and helped launch the manned spaceflight program. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
COCKTAIL: Apple Pie Martini. A delicious cocktail for fall, our apple pie martini is a festive, boozy treat that’s just the perfect amount of spice and sweet. Get our recipe here.
Salted butter – 3 Tablespoons, melted
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Light brown sugar – 2 Tablespoons
Cinnamon, ground – 1 teaspoon
Allspice, ground – 1/8 teaspoon
Nutmeg, ground – 1/8 teaspoon
Popcorn, popped – 8 cups
Apple, dried chips – 1 cup, broken into large pieces
Toffee bits – 1/4 cup
FIRST, POP YOUR CORN
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat, and set aside. Preheat your oven to 300° Fahrenheit.
You can use an air popper or microwave popcorn, if you like. If you want to pop on the stovetop, get a large saucepan with a lid. Pour enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and add four popcorn kernels. Cover the pan and place over medium heat.
When the kernels pop, VERY CAREFULLY (because that oil is blazingly hot and can burn you!) add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and re-cover the pan.
Shaking the pan constantly to ensure that the kernels don’t burn, while the popcorn pops. Once the pops are 3 to 5 seconds apart, remove the pot from heat.
Pour your popped popcorn onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Spread it out and remove any unpopped kernels. Evenly sprinkle a couple pinches salt over the hot popcorn and allow popcorn to cool. Once the popcorn is cool, put the popcorn into a big bowl and set aside.
NEXT, MAKE YOUR SPICED BUTTER
Whisk the butter with the vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over low heat, until the butter is melted. In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Add this mixture to your butter and stir until everything is well blended.
Drizzle the melted butter mixture over your popped popcorn and stir well until popcorn is coated. Transfer the popcorn onto your baking sheet, and make sure the popcorn is spread out evenly. Sprinkle the apple chips and toffee bits over top.
Bake for 15 minutes or until toffee bits start to melt. Let the popcorn cool and then serve.
Thanks to the Popcorn Board for the recipe.