Popcorn, of course!
You might have tried Jiffy Pop before; you put the pan over the fire, shake it, and popcorn pops inside the aluminum dome. This is the same idea except it's homemade, a bit bigger, and nixes the three grams of trans fat per serving. (Isn't that illegal?!)
I call it Fire Pop. You can call it what you want, but nothing completes a bonfire night like popcorn. So try this easy project out for a crunchy, salty, late-night snack perfect for sharing or inhaling by yourself!
Step 1: Supplies
- Salt (optional, and any other seasonings you like)
- Pie pan
- Wire hanger
- Aluminum foil
Step 2: Measuring
Cut off the corners so that you have a big circle of foil. It doesn't have to be exactly 2 pi in circumference; you're going to crumple the edges anyway.
Bend the circle and fold over the edges at the edges of the pie pan; creating a tent. I thought it was easiest to do this on opposite sides at a time. Just making four equally spaced folds helps measure where to staple later on. Set the foil aside.
Pour about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to the pan, and add a few tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle in salt. After this step it's important to keep the pan generally upright so you don't spill the oil.
Step 3: Construction
Step 4: You Can Handle It
Step 5: Pop It!
Keep the pan over the fire using the handle- you can use gloves, switch hands every so often, trade off with someone else, or even hold it with a S'mores stick to keep from getting too hot.
When you hear the popcorn start to sizzle, shake the pan steadily to prevent burning.
The popcorn will pop until you can't hear the kernels shaking around anymore- this is when it's done.
Take it off the fire, let cool a little if you want to be safe, poke the top with something to open and enjoy!