This is the perfect snack for the fall and the upcoming holidays. This popcorn is a classic snack for those cool and cozy nights while you are watching a movie with loved ones.
Cinnamon popcorn! Everyone has their own little spin on it. This recipe is a healthier version! NO GUILT ladies and gentlemen! This is the perfect snack to have for any gathering of friends and family or when you watch your favorite Halloween movie, or dare I say Christmas movie. Hallmark is already advertising it’s upcoming movies… good grief. But in our house, the rule is that Halloween has to be over before Christmas movies are played (unless it’s Nightmare Before Christmas).
Michigan Ingredients: Cinnamon, Sugar, Eggs
Let’s get this thing started! If you don’t have a hot air poppper, I suggest getting one. It is something that can save you money and “calories.” I have one because it makes me think of my childhood. Nothing like the smell of freshly popped popcorn and hearing the sound of it pop.
We eat a lot of popcorn at our house in a variety of different ways, so we always buy a white kernel bag and a yellow kernel bag and mix. You don’t have to do this, this is just our preference.
But look at this below, it’s great to see the contrast. I can’t really tell you the difference in flavor… but I am sure there is someone out there who can.
Obviously though, if you want to use microwave popcorn, you are able to. I would suggest using the light butter flavored popcorn. Either way, you will need 14-16 cups of popped popcorn. I used 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels.
You will need to go through and try to get all of the un-popped kernels (caution, kernels will be hot). That way you can prevent your guests and yourself from chipping/breaking off a tooth. Trust me, that would bring a happy Halloween party to an ultimate halt.
Add 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and a cup of sugar to bowl and mix.
Be sure to have an adorable creature (i.e. your child) help you mix. It’s more fun that way.
Take your two eggs and separate the yolk from the egg white. I usually do this in a separate bowl in case I
fail horribly accidentally get some of the yolk in there. Sometimes you can get the yolk out with a spoon, sometimes you have to start over completely.
Add the egg whites to the cinnamon and sugar mixture. You will want to mix in the egg whites thoroughly with a fork. This is the mixture that will be the yummy, delicious coating of the popcorn.
Be sure to use a large bowl when mixing the popcorn (i.e. a bowl that has some room to mix comfortably). I have made that mistake one too many times where my bowl is not big enough to mix the popcorn. Therefore I always use a large, clear Tupperware container. ANYWHO…. pour your cinnamon mixture over the popcorn and use a rubber spatula to combine. It takes a bit of time to evenly coat (well as much as possible) the popcorn with the cinnamon mixture because you want to be ever so gentle. What fun is popcorn if it is in pieces?
Once the popcorn is evenly coated, spread the popcorn out evenly onto a large cake pan (18×26). If you need to use a cookie sheet, you will need more than one because it is very important to make sure there is an even layer as it makes it so there are no “soggy” spots because it didn’t cook properly. You could always turn the popcorn more than the once time if you would like to help prevent the soggy and to avoid using more propane than needed. I think after you make this, you will probably go out and buy a large cake pan because this stuff is addicting.
Bake at 300 for 30 minutes, turning the popcorn once halfway through.
Look at that delicious coating. The look may make you think of the cinnamon almonds; however, it does not taste exactly like that.
- ½ cups un-popped kernels or 14-16 cups of popped)
- 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Egg Whites
- Heavy pinch of salt (1/4 teaspoon)
- If you are using a hot air popper, place the un-popped kernels in the machine and plug in. Be sure to use a LARGE bowl.
- After all the popcorn is popped, remove any kernels that did not pop.
- Take the sugar and the cinnamon and mix.
- In a separate bowl, separate your egg whites and then add to the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Use a fork to thoroughly combine.
- Pour over the mixture over the popcorn and mix using a rubber spatula gently.
- Pour popcorn on a tin foil lined pan. Spread evenly into a single layer.*
- Preheat oven to 300 and bake for 30 minutes, turning once.