Salty and sweet is not a new combination in the snack world. There’s a reason things like chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramels are so popular and I know I’m not the only one dipping french fries in my milkshakes. Salt with sugar is an amazing, glorious thing and people are constantly finding new ways to mix the two together.
Personally, over the last few years I have forgone the old-school butter-and-salt popcorn as a snack in favor of a more delicious treat — sea salt & honey butter popcorn, which I discovered a few years ago on The Faux Martha blog. The recipe is easy — equal parts melted honey and butter tossed with popcorn and salt.
Once I started making popcorn this way, I couldn’t stop. I also could not stop eating it. It is addictive in a way I had not anticipated. The honey butter makes the salt cling to the popcorn, so every bite is pure salty, sweet bliss. (You can also cut back on the butter ratio if you prefer — I tend to use less butter than honey and I still think it’s pretty awesome.)
A few weeks ago, while I was preparing a batch for a late-night treat, I grabbed the jar of honey and noticed it was sitting next to my jar of coconut oil. On a whim, I swapped coconut oil for the butter, heating it gently in the microwave with the honey.
Once the mixture was all warm and melty (and smelling wonderful by the way!), I drizzled it into the popcorn bowl, tossing the hot kernels until they were all coated. Next came a good sprinkling of salt and then the taste test.
It was pretty damn delicious but it needed something else is really make the flavors come together — and that’s where a dusting of lime zest and some toasted coconut came in. I do love me some tropical flavors!
Then I sat on my couch watching TV and eating until the bowl was empty — which did not take long. I was basically shoveling this stuff in my mouth. It was so good!
So if you are also a lover of sweet and salty treats — give this a try sometime. If you’re not big on coconut, just do butter and honey together. You won’t be sorry!
Salty Sweet Tropical Popcorn
- Coconut Oil (melted)
- Honey (melted)
- Fresh Lime Zest
- Kosher Salt
- Toasted Coconut Flakes
- Freshly Popped Popcorn
Mix coconut oil and honey, pour over popcorn, toss well. Add lime zest, salt and toasted coconut flakes, toss again.
Measurements seem silly — mix together and go light until you like it!