Pop Up Some Summer Snacks | Food, Recipes & Entertaining – California News

Pop Up Some Summer Snacks | Food, Recipes & Entertaining – California News

(Family Features) From casual gatherings with friends to outdoor athletic activities and leisurely time at home, all of the best summer pastimes have one thing in common: tasty snacks make them more enjoyable.

Light, airy and fresh popcorn is a perfect summer snack. It’s naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free – all the makings of an ideal guilt-free treat. Whether you enjoy it one delicious handful at a time, sprinkled with seasonings or as an ingredient in fun summertime recipes, popcorn offers plenty of versatility for every occasion.

You can kick up the heat with a zesty popcorn mix and no summer sporting event is complete without some good old toffee-style popcorn and nuts. Find more popcorn recipes perfect for summer at popcorn.org.

Beach Party Popcorn

Yield: 2 1/2 quarts

  • 1          teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1-2       drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3       cup melted butter
  • 2          quarts popped popcorn
  • 2          cups assorted seasoned snacks (crackers, pretzels, etc.)
  • 1/2       package (0.56 ounces) bacon-onion dip mix
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Add soy sauce and hot pepper sauce to melted butter.
  3. Put popcorn and seasoned snacks in large bowl. Pour butter mixture over popcorn and snacks; toss. Sprinkle with bacon-onion dip mix; toss again.
  4. Spread mixture in 15 1/2-by-10 1/2-by-1-inch jelly roll pan and bake 8-10 minutes, stirring once.

Ballpark Popcorn Crunch

Yield: 3 quarts

  • 1/2       cup butter
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 3          quarts unsalted popped popcorn
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