One of these things is not like the other…

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And please stop looking at me that way.

Awkward.

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Last week while in Carmel, I was literally surrounded by lavender. Carmel Valley Ranch has a ton of beautiful lavender right up in your face, and it graced menus and plates and vases and everything in my eye sight. So much so, that I turned to everyone around me and declared that I HAD to use it in a recipe, and that I was going to make lavender vanilla popcorn! Popcorn is a cop out recipe, right? But it’s an awesome copout.

And this is the thing: I cannot stand anything floral-y. The minute I think floral, I immediately think achoo! And sneeze ten thousand times. It’s really hot. Super sexy.

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So I’ve stayed away from lavender ’til now. But there’s no reason here. It doesn’t taste like you’re eating flowers and dirt. Instead it tastes sweet and salty and wonderful and like I want to cram five handfuls in my mouth at once.

Especially when you add sparkling sugar to the mix as well. Gah. Sprinkles are my liiiife.

Don’t be scared.

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White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn

Yield: serves 2-3

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender (make sure its food grade!)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1-2 tablespoons milk
8 ounces high-quality white chocolate, melted
colored sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

A few hours (or at least 30 minutes) before popping, pour olive oil in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of lavender, allowing it to sit at least 30 minutes. Remove lavender with a slotted spoon, then heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add oil. Once hot, add in a few kernels, and as soon as they pop, add in the rest, covering the pot. Slightly shake the pot and reduce heat to medium, shaking the pot every few seconds until all of the popcorn pops.

In a bowl, whisk together sugar, vanilla bean paste, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1/2 tablespoon lavender. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk a few drops at a time. If it is too thin, add in more sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.

Drizzle popcorn with lavender vanilla glaze, then melted white chocolate, and immediately sprinkle with remaining lavender. Spread on a baking sheet in clusters and pieces, allowing to sit for 15 minutes or so until the chocolate and glaze firm to room temperature. Eat!

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Alright I’m done putting flowers in your food. Swear.

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76 Responses to “White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn.”

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — July 20, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Usually, I just mix M & M’s into my popcorn.

    This seems 1000000000 x better than that. :-D

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 20, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    I didn’t give you a strange look. I promise! Ok, maybe a slightly weird glance. Awkward!

    I can actually see how this would pair beautifully. I may actually give it a try one day.

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — July 20, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    You are the coolest person, ever. I love lavender AND popcorn, but never thought to combine. Genius.

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    Jill — July 20, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    This is really interesting… and pretty!

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    Caro — July 21, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Lavender…in popcorn… What!? SO intrigued, i might have to try this out!

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    Ronda — July 21, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    How long do you think this would keep

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    Becca — July 21, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    No, no, no! Please do more lavender recipes. I bought a bottle of lavender on the cheap at Target and I neeeeeed more recipes on what to do with it! I don’t want to google it, because as everyone knows, why google when you can just come here.

    Reply

    • Kim — November 15th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Becca! If you like lavender try using it in a tea it is very good you can also put it in your bath to help you relaxe,

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    Krisandt — July 21, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Awesome! I really just want to reach into that bowl and try some of this, Plus its naturally gluten free and im all about that!

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    Kristen — July 22, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Can’t wait to try this and perhaps package for a special movie-night-out-treat! Just had a lavender honey biscuit from the Ludo truck in Los Angeles – fantastic combination.

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    angella — July 22, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    I made this, plus a version of it using chocolate peppermint and they are both absolutely scrumptious. I didn’t have vanilla paste, but I did have vanilla bean infused vodka and vanilla bean+chocolate peppermint infused vodka. Worked like a dream and most of it isn’t lasting the 15 minutes till it cools! :)

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    Ali, GH Cretors — August 6, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Very cool! Never would’ve thought of this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Organic Vanilla — August 7, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    Hi,

    This is a fantastic recipe, and great fun to make with the kids. Thanks so much for posting it.

    All the best, Alex

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    Roxanne — October 4, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    This recipe looks cool and delicious…can’t wait to try it. Carmel is also too cool.

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    Amy — January 9, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    I made this for my friend’s family for New Year’s Eve and it was a great success! I love chocolate and popcorn, so adding lavender and making it white chocolate was a logical progression! I added a little lemon zest too.

    Reply

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