Hello, hello! Laurel here! Even though my other half and I are years past our early ‘dating’ days, I have to admit, I have never stopped loving date night. Better still, my guy loves movies of all kinds just as much as I do! But between our busy schedules and a tighter than usual budget these days, actual nights out at a theater just aren’t the norm around these parts. Our new favorite thing? Movie Date Night In, complete with better-than-concession-stand snacks, of course. Let’s be real: movie ticket prices are always going up, theater seats are sticky and uncomfortable, and the treats are expensive and mostly kind of unappealing (except you, Junior Mints, I love you forever and ever). If those aren’t compelling enough reasons for you to stay home and do a little ‘Netflix & chill’, then I’ve got two more words for you……homemade candy!
Now, I’m not the kind of gal who’s going to try and convince you to unethically sneak your own snacks into an actual movie theater (I’m sure no one reading this has ever done that! I mean, I never have done that. Ahem). Let’s just focus instead on the fact that amazing homemade treats like these are best enjoyed at home, where you can be in the company of your sweetheart, your dog, your couch, and your comfiest yoga pants, all at the same time. I’m also going on the theory that if I make it myself at home, it’s somehow healthier……and that includes candy! Shhhhh. Just go with me on this one.
This recipe is based on a tried & true standard, but with a subtle twist; caramel corn–just like the dark chocolate bark seen above–is one of those old-fashioned recipes I can’t resist giving a modern makeover. White miso paste is the kind of earthy, salty, umami-loaded flavor that can sneak unexpectedly into classic candy and make it feel like a brilliant new invention. Try it! Get a little crazy with your date night treats, change up the movie genre to something you wouldn’t ordinarily go for, switch sides on the couch, you get the idea. Keep the Movie Night magic alive!
With a little planning ahead and only a little bit of effort–you seriously won’t believe how simple and tasty this treat is to put together–you can plan the ultimate Movie Date Night In.
Hint: You will need parchment paper for this recipe, which is easy to find in the baking aisle and is a great addition to your kitchen whenever you’re looking for a disposable, low-stick surface!
-6 cups popped popcorn (unflavored microwave popcorn or good old stovetop popcorn)
-2 tablespoon butter
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-2 tablespoon white miso paste
-1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large pot, melt butter and sugar over medium high heat, stirring with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon.
- Let sugar mixture boil for a few minutes without stirring, watching carefully, until it turns the light brown color of caramel.
- Remove from heat and stir in miso paste.
- Fold in popcorn and stir until coated in caramel. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Divide mixture between baking sheets and spread it out with spoon or spatula. Let cool, then enjoy!