Chai Tea Popcorn

Do you make homemade popcorn? We make homemade popcorn. Let’s make homemade popcorn.

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

But let’s make it cray! Just kidding, I don’t say cray. I say BAE, but not cray. Good heavens, never cray.

I used to say cray, but not anymore. I noticed it would make my hair fall out, so I stopped saying it. It got pretty cray. Crap!

Anyway, what?

Oh yes, Chai tea popcorn – ON THE STOVE, BAE.

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

I thought it might be fun to slide in a lil’ snack post, in the midst of all the gravy, the turkey, the green bean casseroles, the stuffings, WHAT HAVE YOU, and focus on something a little lighter. A little crunchier. A little munchier.

P.S. That might look like a lot of coconut oil in that little bowl up there, but you know what?? It is. It’s like 3 Tbs. Maybe a hair more. (<–sick)

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

First of all, do you make popcorn at home? Not in a bag in the microwave, but REAL kernels on a REAL stove with REAL LIFE HANDS. Do you?

I’ve always been a bit ehhh about those popcorn bags that you microwave. Don’t they have botulism in them? Or cave crickets? I’m pretty sure they do.

And besides, making popcorn on the stove maaaaaybe takes two minutes longer. And it’s so worth it! You can play with the flavors, control your salt, add more butter. And more butter. And fine, a little more butter. This butter detail is what holds our planet on its axis. I think.

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

However, I have a question! When you buy popcorn, do you buy the white kernels or the yellow? Do you know the difference? I’d look it up myself but I have to fold toddler laundry today, and that’s already too much on my plate.

We tend to buy the yellow, because I feel like it’s old school. But I also buy Aqua Net, so clearly I’m not well skilled at life decisions.

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

So this recipe: ALL you need are pantry staples. A single bag of Chai tea (I love the little speckles of black dots! they look like poppy seeds, but you don’t have to worry about jail time because they’re not drugs), some coconut oil, butter, cinnamon and sugar! (and salt)

The only special ingredient you might need to seek out are the coconut flakes. To me they’re a pantry staple, because I love tossing them on cooked lime rice (help me). But seriously, coconut flakes take this popcorn from here (hand at my knees) to HERE (hand on Mars, dabbling in the liquid water).

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

I also love cooking popcorn in coconut oil, because it’s weird: not only does it infuse the popcorn with a pleasant coconut flavor, but it makes the POPCORN taste even more POPCORNIER. How it does this, we’ll never know.

(does “popcornier” need to be added to my list of things never, ever to say again?)

You’ll add melted butter to this at the end, and it is glorious.

You’ll add fresh cinnamon to this at the end, and it is magnificent.

You’ll add a pinch of sugar to this at the end, and it is wonderful.

You’ll add a single bag of Chai tea to this at the end, and it is marvelous.

You’ll add toasted coconut flakes to this at the end, and it is ridiculous.

You’ll add your entire head to this at the end, and it is cray.

CRAP!

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

Snack time.

Chai Tea Popcorn
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 Chai tea bag, sliced open as you’ll only use the contents
  • 1 tsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon (add more if you want!)
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (or more!) toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium high. Add two or three kernels to the melted oil and cover. Once they pop, take the pot off the heat and add the remaining kernels in a single layer. Cover and let sit for 30 seconds. Move the pan back to the heat and cook until all the kernels have popped, shaking the pan slightly to make sure all the kernels are popping. Once there are a few seconds between pops, turn off the heat.
  2. Transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl. Add the melted butter (hear the sizzle!), the loose Chai tea, sugar, cinnamon, salt and coconut flakes. Toss until everything is incorporated. Inhale forever and ever.

Chai Tea Popcorn / Bev Cooks

This ^^ is what my life looks like 5923634360923% of the time.

 

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21 Responses to Chai Tea Popcorn

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden November 19, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    My mom called and said I need to start making popcorn myself….not only because it’s cheaper than the bagged stuff but so much better for you. And I thought. Huh. And I make it actually in my Dutch oven and it works so well! We were watching Mary Poppins last night eating popcorn and this post reminded why I love popcorn so much. Epic. Like the day I discovered they make toilet paper without the rolls. No one knows how to change toilet paper anymore. So this is good!

    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      They make toilet paper WITHOUT ROLLS? Pray tell.

  2. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb November 19, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    Chai tea is EDIBLE?!?!? that scares me.

    But I like those black specks…so my adventurous side might just win…

  3. Dani Mendocha | Styled Variety November 19, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    This popcorn looks so good! I am loving that there is coconut oil in this too 🙂 Need to try soon!

    Dani | http://www.styledvariety.com

  4. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee November 19, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    I love making homemade popcorn. I typically use an air popper but I gotta try it on the stove now

  5. Roxana November 19, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Bev, I love everything about this! I know what I’m making this weekend when it’s settle on the couch with a blanket and a movie time! 🙂

  6. Julie November 19, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    After I started making popcorn on the stove, I have not looked back. It is beautiful and you can do whatever you want with the toppings and the flavor of the oil is great. This is a delicious idea and I can’t wait to try it out!

  7. Heather November 19, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I have a whirly-pop thingy that is basically a thin pot with a handle that you put on the stove and it’s SO much better than microwave. I may have a slight popcorn addiction. I usually just go with butter (all the butter) and truffle salt but this combo sounds divine and I may just need to try it out!

  8. Julie November 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    What other oils can I use to make stove top popcorn? I have a hot air popper but now I want to try stove top version.

    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      I’ve actually only used olive oil! (besides coconut) And it works well, just not aaaaaas flavorful. But it should work!

  9. Lauren November 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    I Pop my own kernels ALL the time. SO much better than the fake butter/cancer stuff. A little trade secret of mine- add the salt TO THE OIL, so it dissolves, and then POPS IN TO THE KERNELS. WHAT? yep. Then add more on top with all of the other goodies.

    • Bev Weidner November 20, 2015 at 5:37 am #

      SALTING THE OIL? That…is brilliant. I am sooo trying that!

      • Lauren November 20, 2015 at 9:25 am #

        OOOH, and, toss some of the butter in the oil too- to PRE-POP IT IN TO THE CORNS.

  10. Andrea November 20, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Homemade popcorn always. Why do you let the kernels sit in oil before returning them to the heat? I’ve never heard of that so I am curious. I never know how to choose white or yellow either. I usually alternate when I buy them to try and tell a difference, but I still haven’t figured it out.

  11. Abby November 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Coconut flakes are a staple in this house too! Do you use sweetened or unsweetened here? I bet either would be fantastic but I’m curious.

  12. the Domestic Cleaner December 8, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    When I was little i used to help my grand mother with the house cleaning in the end she was always making me homemade popcorn and that’s how I leaned… Still have no idea why I stopped doing it myself and trust the microwave instead. I’m so making popcorn tonight !

  13. Eden Passante December 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    I love chai and this is such a great way to use those flavors! Perfect for movie night!

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