Buffalo Wing Caramel Corn
When the super awesome people at Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning asked me if I ever thought about using their products in my recipes I had no idea I had so many ideas. I mean when I started thinking about it, I was really surprised. I had their Ranch flavor in my pantry at the time and use it every time I pop popcorn. I knew I loved the White Cheddar also because I mix it with Ranch at the movie theater and it’s so so good, but they have even more flavors that I didn’t know about and I bet you don’t either! They have the original flavors like Butter, White Cheddar, Parmesan Garlic, Nacho Cheddar, Sour Cream and Onion and others but they also have some new flavors like Chocolate Marshmallow, Pizza, Buffalo Wing, Jalapeño, CAJUN and the list keeps going. And did you know that some (if not all) are all natural, have 5 calories or less and gluten free? Me either! They’re running a web special, if you buy two you get the third for free. The only problem will be trying to decide which ones to NOT get.
I chose Milke Chocolate Caramel, Chili Lime and Buffalo Wing and I’m so happy I did.
Like I said, I had so many ideas but I’ll show you four quick ways to use the flavors I chose.
First, I had this really soft bakery bread so I slathered it with crunchy peanut butter and sprinkled it with the Milk Chocolate Caramel. I actually ate two slices it was so good. I’m a snacker. I like things like cheese toast and peanut butter bread so this was perfect for me. The husband stole half the first piece so that’s how I justified eating the second one.
I found these tortilla bowl molds at the store the other day.
These things are super cool. You just take a regular size flour tortilla and fit it into the mold and bake at 375 for 5 minutes. How cool is that? I brushed mine with some olive oil and sprinkled it with the Chili Lime Kernel Seasons flavor and baked it.
When it cooled a little, I added some shredded rotisserie chicken, some shredded lettuce and some store bought queso dip. I sprinkled a little more Chili Lime on it (I love all things lime…I can’t get enough) and we ate it for dinner with a side green salad. It was great.
The next day I was in a pasta mood. You know how you get in a mood for a specific food and nothing else will do until you get it? I looked in the fridge to see what I had. I ALWAYS have no less than 7 or 8 different varieties of cheese. It’s one of my favorite foods. So I made two single servings mac-n-cheese for the Hubs and myself for a cute little afternoon snack! I took a cup of enriched pasta that I had left over from my Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad and boiled it per the package instructions. I added some butter and shredded some sharp cheddar and white cheddar cheese. I threw in some cream cheese and I had a little of the white Velveeta. I know it’s processed but it makes such creamy mac-n-cheese I couldn’t resist. On mine, because I LOVE lime, I used the Chili Lime flavor and for his I used the Buffalo Wing. I just sprinkled it on as the cheese was melting. It worked perfectly!
When I was thinking what I could do with the Buffalo Wing flavor (since I hadn’t had it myself yet) so many things came to mind. I really wanted to make either popcorn balls since I haven’t had them since I was a kid or caramel corn…so I made both. I hadn’t thought about it but it’s really the same process. You just don’t form the popcorn into balls if you want it to be caramel corn. I split my recipe down the middle and made Milk Chocolate Caramel and also Buffalo Wing. The Buffalo Wing was hands down our favorite! Everyone loved it. Here’s the recipe. I adapted it from The Food Network recipe I found online.
- 2 packages microwave popcorn (I used Kettle Corn)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pop popcorn according to package directions.
- Add popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle heavily with Buffalo Wing Kernel Seasons and set aside.
- In a heavy pot, add water, sugar, vinegar, salt and syrup over high heat.
- Bring to a boil and using a candy thermometer let it boil until it reaches 255 degrees (hard ball stage).
- Remove from heat and pour over popcorn tossing to distribute.
- Serve when cooled for caramel corn.
- For Popcorn Balls: when cooled, form into balls with lightly greased hands.
I thought about sprinkling the Buffalo Wing on a grilled cheese with blue cheese crumbles. I also thought how wonderful the Chili Lime flavor would be on corn on the cob or a fresh corn succotash like this one I made a while back. What’s your favorite flavor of Kernel Seasons Popcorn Seasoning? What will you put it on? Make something and post it to Instagram. Let me know and I’ll post it to my Facebook and Twitter pages. It’ll be fun!! Let’s see who can get it done first?
Just in case you were wondering, all opinions are my own and I was not compensated other than the products listed above that I received for this post. I really did enjoy it, too!