Popcorn Week: Blueberry Pie Popcorn

Happy Friday! As Popcorn Week has been inspired by the Academy Awards, I wanted to end our nominees for Best Original Popcorn with my last entry: BLUEBERRY PIE POPCORN

Inspired very loosely by my enjoyment of  Life of Pia Best Picture and multiple Oscar nominee, this sweet snack is a handful of homemade goodness that will remind you of the greatness of blueberry pie and the greatness of the movies - all in one bite.

And today's recipe marks your opportunity to cast your vote for your favorite original popcorn. Voting closes Sunday, the date of this year's Academy Awards. I'm pulling for Argo for Best Picture (since I think Ben Affleck got robbed of the Director nod) and Frankenweenie for Best Animated Film (cause I was lucky enough to work on it, go Tim!).

Without further adieu, here's a little happy for your Friday: Blueberry Pi(e) Popcorn.

Ingredients (for 3 cups of popcorn)

  • 3 cups base popcorn (anniemade recipe or other plain popped popcorn, your choice)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 8 or 9in frozen pie crust, thawed to room temperature (pictured, Whole Foods Gluten-Free pie crust)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

Prepare your popcorn and set half of it aside in a large bowl. You'll need to mix the ultimate batch twice, unless you have a bowl that fits 3 cups and you can still stir what's in it.

Next, set your oven to 325F. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, slice your pie crust into small squares. These will be pie crust bites for your popcorn mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake until golden brown (about 7-10 minutes, depending on your pie crust).

When these are ready, set them aside. Add your blueberries to your bowl of popcorn.

Then, combine the honey, olive oil, butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a small ramekin. Microwave this mixture for about one minute or until butter is completely melted. While still hot, toss over your popcorn and blueberries and mix thoroughly. Toss in your pie crust bites and serve to hungry crowds of pie-eaters.

... and don't forget to vote for your favorite, now til Sunday: