Sweet orange popcorn recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 04 min
Cooking: 05 min
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  • Orange popcorn is so easy to make and perfect for sharing with the whole family too. A sweet citrusy flavours makes this lower-calorie snack a favourite. Once you’ve perfected this recipe you can try it with lemon or lime instead. Serve this popcorn in a large family-sized bowl and let everyone help themselves. The perfect TV snack.


    • 60ml oil (not olive oil)
    • 100g corn kernels
    • ½tsp salt
    • 40g butter
    • 1tsp orange extract
    • 2-3 tbsp vanilla sugar


    • Heat the oil in a large saucepan on a medium to high heat. Add the salt and corn and put the lid on quickly.

    • Shake the pan to keep the corn moving in the oil and to prevent burning.

    • The popping will become rapid and then slow to a pop every 3 seconds or so. Be ready to pour into a large heatproof container as the popping stops.

    • Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the orange extract. Using a spoon sprinkle onto the prepared popcorn stirring as you go.

    • Using a sieve dust the popcorn with vanilla infused icing sugar. Mix it up so that it’s evenly distributed. Have a taste test and add more sugar if you like it sweeter.

    Top tip for making Sweet orange popcorn

    To make vanilla sugar: Cut open 2 vanilla pods down the centre and place them both into a 1kg packet of icing sugar. Give it a good mix and leave for 1 week before using. The pods can stay in there until all the sugar is used.

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