Andean Popcorn

I love Andean popcorn. It’s somewhat similar to the popcorn we enjoy here in the states in that it has a fantastic flavor, even a hint of a butter. The kernels, though, are different. They do not explode and puff up like popcorn has been grown to do here. Instead, they kinda… just go… pop. No big explosion. No fluffy white insides. The kernel is thin, and very crunchy. You just pop (no pun intended) the entire thing into your mouth and enjoy.
Andean PopcornI recall street vendors up in the mountains of Peru, in the city of Huancayo, selling bags of popcorn along the street on market day. I think a bag was 10 soles which then was less than a US nickel. Well worth the price! They were fried in screaming hot oil then salted. That’s it. You did (and do) have to be careful of the kernels when they first come out of the fryer, though. They are very, very hot. So let them cool a bit before diving in!

I popped the cancha in the same popper I use for ‘regular’ popcorn. It takes a bit longer as the heat needs to get really good and hot, but it’s well worth the wait. If you can’t find cancha in a South American market near you you can order it using the Amazon link at the bottom of this post. It’s great stuff!

Another favorite Peruvian-inspired appetizer of mine is aji amarillo chicken wings.

Andean Popcorn

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Peruvian
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cancha corn
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  • Add the corn and oil to your popcorn popper and let pop until completely done.
  • Remove and immediately add salt. Do not be shy with the salt.
  • Let cool slightly before serving. The kernels will be very hot directly out of the popper.

White Chocolate Frito Popcorn

Everything that is yummy is in this white chocolate Frito popcorn. Crunchy fresh-popped popcorn. Milk chocolate M&Ms. White chocolate. And Fritos. What more can you ask for? You get a mixture of textures and tastes from very crunchy to salty to sweet and back again. It’s about as varied as you can get in a handleful!

White Chocolate Frito PopcornDon’t have Fritos? Substitute shelled peanuts. Need more kick? Try my Sriracha-lime popcorn. This ingredients list for this white chocolate Frito popcorn is just a recommendation. Go crazy with it!

I pop my popcorn in a West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper. It’s the easiest thing in the world for making a big batch of popcorn.

White Chocolate Frito Popcorn

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 -12

Ingredients

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups Frito's crushed
  • 1 lb white chocolate or almond bark
  • A few handfuls M&M’s candies

Instructions

  • Tear off a large sheet of wax paper and place on a flat surface.
  • Make sure all of the popcorn kernels are fully popped. Remove any grannies (unpopped) ones.
  • Place popcorn and Fritos into a large bowl.
  • Melt the white chocolate per package instructions and pour over the popcorn mixture.
  • Stir to coat.
  • Pour mixture out onto the wax paper and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle with M&Ms and let cool completely before serving.

Crab Boil Popcorn

I’m a huge fan of crab boil seasoning, and in particular, Old Bay. I use it in a lot things, not just crab boils. As a steak rub. Or on popcorn! Crab boil popcorn is a great snack. It combines fresh popped popcorn, crunchy oyster crackers, and of course, Old Bay seasoning. The result is perfectly-seasoned and perfectly yummy and I ate a whole lot of it!

Crab Boil PopcornIf you don’t have oyster crackers, you can substitute goldfish crackers and keep the ‘nautical’ theme.

I pop my popcorn in a West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper. It’s the easiest thing in the world for making a big batch of popcorn.

Also try my yummy red velvet popcorn.

Crab Boil Popcorn

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons or more Old Bay seasoning
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 cups oyster crackers

Instructions

  • Melt the butter and stir in the Old Bay seasoning.
  • Combine the popcorn and crackers in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with butter mixture and stir gently to coat.