Serving caramel popcorn at a party is always an inspired idea. It’s the one food that pairs well with beer, wine and spirits – specifically whisky - and the kids are always happy to see something familiar at a snacking table.
This popcorn isn’t quite of the caramel variety, but instead it’s a sugared one, glistening with a vanilla-infused syrup that’s been cooked to create a hard candy surface. It also happens to be tossed with roasted, salted peanuts and finished with a blanket of white chocolate. The recipe comes from the new book Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the kind folks at Random House earlier this week
As I was assembling this treat, I was stuck by how perfect it would be for a holiday party. The white chocolate gives the popcorn a snow-dusted appearance and I’m imagining it set out on a buffet of all white foods – baked brie, white crudité and dips, etc.
I also happened to envision it dusted with gold. I was picturing vessels of popcorn tucked into jars and scattered around a party. The light from flickering candles would bounce off the golden kernels, and this already pretty party food could be elevated to something extra special.