Wednesday, March 3

Oscar Night Food Ideas: Maple Walnut Popcorn (Recipe)

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This Sunday night is the Oscars, the night when millions of Americans will tune in to see which actress is wearing the ugliest gown. Since this event will drag on for hours, you'll need lots of snack foods, like my Maple Walnut Popcorn.

This New England inspired popcorn is everything a snack food should be: sweet, salty, sticky, and crunchy. Since the Oscars are at least three hours long, you might want to make a double batch. You might also want to make a Blood Orange Vodkatini.

Maple Walnut Popcorn
Yields 10-12 cups
Print recipe only here.

3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Coat two large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

2. Pour oil in a large saucepan over high heat and cover. After 1-2 minutes, toss a couple of kernels inside. Listen for the shimmering oil as it heats up, then drop a couple of kernels in the pan. When they start sizzling and spinning, the oil is ready. Add remaining kernels. Cover the pan, and give it a couple of shakes so the kernels get coated with oil. Now listen for the popping. Once it really starts popping quickly, listen carefully. Remove the pan from the heat once the popping slows down to every few seconds, or it could burn quickly. Pour popcorn into a big bowl coated with cooking spray, and add nuts.

3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring maple syrup, butter, and salt to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Lower to a simmer for 2 minutes. Pour syrup over popcorn and nuts, stirring to coat. Transfer popcorn mixture to prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Break into small clusters.

You might also enjoy these snack foods from Food Blogga:
Spicy Black Bean Dip
Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing
Goat Cheese and Poblano Quesadillas with Pinapple-Mango-Habanero Salsa

You might also enjoy these popcorn recipes:
Peanut Butter Popcorn recipe at The Kitchn
Truffled Popcorn recipe at Alice Q. Foodie
Caramel Popcorn with Almonds and Pecans recipe at Lisa is Cooking
Popcorn with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon recipe at Andrea's Recipes


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Terribly addictive, yummy!



T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love maple-anything! Great idea, and the cocktail sounds like fun - can I come over to watch the show?

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'll have both Susan a vodkatini and maple popcorn.

Manggy said...

That looks verrrry munchable ;) Won't be able to stop! I do a similar thing with just walnuts - dry toasted in the oven, then in boiling maple syrup and brown sugar in saucepan till the sugars crystallize on the surface. I think butter would be a nice touch too :)

The Teacher Cooks said...

MMM! Popcorn!!

lisaiscooking said...

I'm in the middle of figuring what snacks to make for an oscar party. The popcorn sounds fantastic with the vodkatini!

The Curious Baker said...

hmm these sound pretty good and really healthy, I was about to buy some walnuts for a banana loaf so I might as well give these a go too!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh how wonderful! I love maple so much and never thought of putting it with popcorn AND nuts. Yum, yum!

Abby said...

I tried making the Kitchn popcorn in 2008. Big fail for me. This, however, seems more do-able (and tasty!)

Anh said...

Yum! Too bad the Oscar night actually occurs in the day time for us, people in Australia. Never mind. I will make this for my movie night @ home!

przepisy said...

Love popcorn, cannot watch movies without! I'll definitely try

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I haven't watched the Oscars in years, not really my thing. But this popcorn? TOTALLY my thing!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I haven't seen hardly any of the movies, but I'd like to see this popcorn.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Is it OK if I make the popcorn but skip the Oscars?

Kelsey said...


Susan from Food Blogga said...

rosa-Addictive like a drug!

TW-Sure! We'll have a ball! ;)

val-Smart girl.

mark-It is verrrrry munchable. ;) Now, I've got to make your recipe for the maple nuts!

theteachercooks-So yummy!

lisa-Make them both! Make them both! ;)

curiousbaker-Well, I don't know about healthy, but it is definitely delicious.

ramblingtart-You'll wonder how you lived without it! :)

abby-It is do-able. I promise. :)

anh-I can tell you from experience that it tastes great with anything you're watching on TV.

przepisy-Then I hope you try this popcorn!

tastyeatsathome-Then this maple popcorn will so be your thing. :)

angela-Now, that's what I like to hear!

lynn-Absolutely! ;)


Christine said...

I love popcorn and that's some porn-y popcorn, Susan. AND a vodkatini? I'm such an alcohol wuss, I probably couldn't drink a whole one. The popcorn though ... yum!

Cooking Foodie said...

Lovely popcorn... and I really like your lead up posts before events! Liked the Superbowl one and like this one too...

Mimi said...

Thank you so much for this. We've been on a no refined sugar kick lately and this popcorn totally fits the bill!

Sarah said...

I just discovered your blog (and mine, really ;) and loving it! I actually hosted a little party for the Oscars, and I did popcorn with bacon! Was a HUGE hit, had to make several batches.