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Now back to the post…When I was around 2 1/2 years old, my mama worked at a little clothing store in Provo, Utah. She was pregnant with my brother and was trying to save up money for hospital bills before he was born. My dad ran our family flooring business with my grandpa and the 80’s were hard in the state of Utah. We were in the midst of an ugly recession and everybody was doing their part to make ends meet. My mother had a co-worker at the clothing store, named Paula, who shared with her a recipe that has become a Pyne family staple in the 30 years since. That old store has long been demolished and the land covered with condos, but our love for the crunchy candy popcorn still remains.
We are just sitting down to enjoy our Friday night, with a little popcorn to munch so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Now, this popcorn ain’t healthy by any means, but it sure is tasty! It’s a really simple recipe perfect for family movie night, road trips, and backyard get-togethers.
I hope your family loves it as much as we do!
Here are some tips from a Pyne Popcorn lifer…
- When popping the popcorn, don’t forget to pick out all the un-popped kernels. There is nothing worse than chipping a tooth!
- Quality popcorn will give you the best candy popcorn. I used to buy the cheapest bag at the grocery store until I bought a big container of Orville Redenbacher’s at a bulk store and I will never go back to the cheap stuff again! The popcorn pops so big and fluffy! Seriously, put down the cheap popcorn and back away slowly. (By the way, if you are in need of a popper, we have THIS one. There are a ton of different kinds on the market to fit every need.)
- Once you pull the baked popcorn from the oven don’t let it cool in the sheet pans, remove it immediately! I learned that the hard way the 1st year we were married. I made my husband and his buddy some popcorn and then something came up so I left it in the pans and ran out the door. My husband’s friend broke my favorite paring knife trying to pry the rock hard popcorn from the pans. I felt soooooo stupid. Take it from me, scrape the popcorn IMMEDIATELY into a large bowl, then put some hot water in your sheet pans and let them sit for a few minutes. They’ll clean right up, you’ll be much happier, and you won’t feel the urge to stab any of your hubby’s high school friends with a deformed paring knife. ;)
- You can sprinkle in some Spanish peanuts if you want, it tastes just like Fiddle Faddle from the store. My family votes me off the island every time I try to add nuts. Bunch of party poopers. It’s delicious either way.
- Be prepared, that giant bowl will disappear lightning fast!
Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for sneaky popcorn munchers!
As soon as I turned my back to do the dishes, this one had it half gone.
Good thing she’s cute!
Do you have a favorite family treat?
I’d love to hear about it!