Want to make a fun, easy after-school treat? Grab an adult or older sibling to help you and you’re be munching these tasty popcorn treats before you know it!
Melt butter and brown sugar in microwave until sugar is no longer grainy. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract to the melted butter. Pour mixture over popcorn. Add dried apples, and pecan halves to popcorn, mix ingredients and enjoy!
Heat oil and 3 teaspoons vanilla in a large pot over medium-high or high heat for a minute. Add one kernel of popcorn to the oil. When the kernel pops, pour the remaining popcorn. Place a lid on the pot, and shake gently until the corn starts to pop. Shake vigorously until the popping subsides. Remove from the heat, and pour into a large bowl. Stir sugar, salt, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and melted butter into the corn until evenly coated, and serve.
Note to parents: While these recipes contain small amounts of sugar and fat, these ingredients are used as flavoring for a large amount of popcorn, which is high in healthy fiber. These recipes are great for an occasional after-school treat. In addition to the chopped dried apples, you can add other dried fruits to either recipe to further boost nutrition.
Source: Utah State University Cooperative Extension