I had every intention of doing a super difficult Try It Tuesday, just because I wanted to challenge myself. But, seeing as how my pantry is nearly empty (seriously, even the moths have gone away), and grocery day isn’t until Friday, I perused Pinterest for something simple yet intriguing.
Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of popcorn. Mostly because its an easy way to get in whole grains and it also satisfies this preggo’s need for salty without eating an entire bag of Funyuns.
So when I saw this gem, I knew I had to try it:
Not only was it my favorite snack, but it only called for FOUR ingredients! And I had all of them! Woot woot!
(Granted, the recipe called for canola oil and I didn’t have that. I only use EVOO. I’m a snob.)
I followed the directions, which, at times were not very helpful. At one point she says: Put the oil in the pot on medium-high heat until you see a faint puff of smoke. Um, yeah. I NEVER saw a faint puff of smoke. I was watching so intently, however, that I started imagining smoke. Seriously; I saw my bangs move out of the corner of my eye and thought: SMOKE!
The directions said you could also toss a kernel in there and when it popped, you knew it was ready to drop in the sugar. So I plopped a kernel and it popped. I took it as a sign to move forward, so I did. Sigh.
I pour in the sugar and then the popcorn kernels. I was so excited! yummy kettle corn on its way to my tummy! Yummy, yummy! (And yes, I did sing that to myself as I poured the kernels in the pot.)
I waited for the kernels to pop. I shook the pot every 20 seconds like the instructions said. After almost 5 minutes with no sound of popping coming from the pot, I admitted defeat.
Yeah. I actually think I heard my stomach stifle a sob. We were really looking forward to this yummy treat.
I’m still not exactly sure what went wrong. Maybe I should have used canola oil? Did I have the burner on too high? Was my song not inspirational enough for the kernels to pop? Whatever it was, this was just sad. But, on the bright side, now I’ve invented a new snack: candied popcorn kernels!