When it's time for a sweet treat, look for seasonal goodies that complement fun fall activities. For example, reach for an option like whole-grain, fluffy and crisp popcorn which can be an easy, DIY snack.
Combine sweet and salty flavors to create something delicious to devour like delightful Down Home Apple Pie Popcorn.
To better serve a crowd, try these Perfect Picnic Popcorn Squares at your next family gathering or fall cookout with friends.
For more creative, DIY popcorn recipe ideas, visit popcorn.org.
Down Home Apple Pie Popcorn
Yield: 10 cups
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 cups popped popcorn
1 cup dried apple chips, broken into large pieces
1/4 cup toffee bits
Heat oven to 300 F. Whisk melted butter with vanilla. Toss brown sugar with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
Toss popcorn with butter mixture. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar mixture. Stir. Transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Sprinkle apple chips and toffee bits over top. Bake 15 minutes, or until toffee bits start to melt. Cool before serving.
Tip: Add chopped pecans for extra crunch.
Perfect Picnic Popcorn Squares
Yield: 12 squares
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
3/4 cup raisins
8 cups air-popped popcorn
nonstick cooking spray
In large saucepan, combine corn syrup, sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter.
Bring to boil over low heat, stirring constantly; boil 2-3 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.
In large bowl, combine raisins and popcorn; pour hot mixture over popcorn and toss carefully with wooden spoons until well-coated.
Spray 9-by-13 inch baking dish with cooking spray; press popcorn mixture into pan and cool completely.
Cut into squares and serve.
Key Lime Popcorn Clusters
Yield: about 32 clusters
8 cups popped popcorn
4 whole graham crackers, finely chopped, divided
1 jar (7 1/2 ounces) marshmallow creme
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons grated lime peel
1tablespoon key lime juice
Line 9-inch square pan with foil.
In large bowl, combine popcorn and all but 2 tablespoons graham cracker pieces
In large glass bowl, microwave marshmallow creme and butter on high 1 minute. Stir until butter is melted. Stir in lime peel and lime juice.
Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, mixing thoroughly.
Using damp hand, firmly press mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved graham cracker pieces. Refrigerate 2 hours until firm.
Lift foil from pan. Break popcorn mixture into clusters.
Yield: 20 pieces
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2teaspoon baking soda
10 cups freshly popped popcorn
1 package (10 1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
2 cups mini graham cookies
1 cup chocolate chips
In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup.
Cook over high heat 5 minutes; remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
In large bowl, combine popcorn and marshmallows.
Pour sugar mixture over popcorn to coat.
Gently stir in graham cookies and chocolate chips.
Spread mixture evenly into greased 15-by-10-inch pan.
Let cool completely. Break into pieces.