Dress up the ultimate movie nosh in rich caramel and toasted black and white sesame seeds for your next Oscars party. To make the process seamless, make sure you have all your ingredients measured out and ready before starting your caramel.
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- Yield: Makes 12 cups
Photography: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH
Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2017
- 10 cups popped corn
- Vegetable-oil cooking spray
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup black or white sesame seeds, or a combination, toasted
Place popcorn in a large bowl. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, honey, 2 tablespoons water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and cook, swirling occasionally but not stirring, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is deep amber in color, 7 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, sesame oil, and baking soda (mixture will bubble up).
Quickly drizzle caramel over popcorn; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste). Spread popcorn out on baking sheet and let cool completely, then break into pieces and serve.