Popcorn is a must every time we go to the movies. Moreover, corn is gluten-free, right? So eating popcorn should not cause any problem! Wrong!

Movie theater popcorn is gluten-free and microwave popcorn is also gluten-free, but every time I eat a portion I feel bloated and in pain. It seems that certain additives are found in microwave and movie theater popcorn and these additives cause allergic reactions to me. Therefore, the best way to eat and enjoy popcorn without pain is to make your own. To save on calories, you can invest in an air popcorn machine where you do not need to add any oil or butter. Still, I prefer the old method of making popcorn, in a pot on the stove! I make both salt popcorn and caramel popcorn and I enjoy both anytime anywhere!!

Ingredients

Yields: Four cups salt popcorn and Four cups caramel popcorn

- 4 tbsp vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
- ½ cup corn kernels
- ½ tsp salt

For the caramel

- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. golden syrup
- ½ stick butter (50 gr) or 50 grams of non-dairy shortening if you're allergic to milk products
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Method

  1. Put the canola oil in a pot on the stove.
  2. Add the corn kernel, and cover the pot.
  3. Keep it on medium heat until all the kernels pop.
  4. It will yield around 8 cups.
  5. Take half the quantity, add the salt, mix well, and serve.
  6. For the caramel popcorn, prepare the caramel by putting all the ingredients, except for the baking soda and cream of tartar in a sauce pan and let it come to a boil.
  7. Let it simmer slowly for 5 minutes.
  8. Put off the heat and add the baking soda and cream of tartar.
  9. Mix well for the mixture to bubble.
  10. Put the other half quantity of popcorn on a baking sheet and spread them.
  11. Drizzle the caramel over them and mix well.
  12. Be careful not to burn yourself because the caramel is very hot.
  13. Put the baking sheet in a preheated oven (160° C) and stir from time to time for about 25 minutes. 
  14. Put the popcorn in bowls and serve warm.
  15. You can mix the salt popcorn and the caramel popcorn together and serve salty and sweet popcorn in one bowl.