One of these things is not like the other…

White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn I

And please stop looking at me that way.


White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn I

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.

White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn I

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.

White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn I


White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn

Yield: serves 2-3


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


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!

White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn I

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

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76 Responses to “White Chocolate Lavender Vanilla Popcorn.”

  1. #
    Katie D. — July 20, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    that last photo looks like pure magic!


  2. #
    Kathryn — July 20, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I adore lavender but have never thought about using it in popcorn. Genius!


  3. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — July 20, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Lavender on popcorn? I’m still in awe of all that white chocolate. It’s a match made in Heaven! Was looking into a marathon of Batman movies this weekend to freshen the storylines in my head before seeing the latest movie and I’ve been craving popcorn like nobody’s business!


  4. #
    Liz — July 20, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I’ve never cooked or baked with lavender before… this recipe DEFINITELY intrigues me.

    It’s not a copout recipe – it’s a fabulous recipe, as usual :)


  5. #
    Michelle — July 20, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Oh my, and I have a ton of culinary lavender that I don’t know how I will ever use… Definitely trying this!


  6. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — July 20, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    I love lavender in my food! Herbs de Provence is one of my all time favorite seasonings. This is incredibly beautiful and no doubt incredibly delicious!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 20, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Interesting! I love the smell of lavender but I don’t think I would really like the taste, it seems strong.


  8. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — July 20, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Very creative! Sounds like it just might be yummy enough to try… I just have to find me some food grade lavender.


  9. #
    Brooke — July 20, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I love this idea! Seriously you can put anything on popcorn and it tastes sooooo good!


  10. #
    JulieD — July 20, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    Love it and with white chocolate…even more!!


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 20, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Ok, I’ve never cooked with lavender because like you, I thought it would taste like I was eating flowers. However, you’ve got me curious now. PS. In the recipe, it says vanilla bean pasta…. that’s supposed to be paste, right? Vanilla bean pasta WOULD be amazing though!


    • Jessica — July 20th, 2012 @ 7:49 am

      Hahaha! Omg… what an amazing typo. Thanks so much Ang!


      • Kristina — July 20th, 2012 @ 7:52 am

        I want vanilla bean pasta too…

  12. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — July 20, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Good recipe- not a copout at all. I wouldn’t know what to do with lavender- I’ve never used it before…. Definitely would love a taste!


  13. #
    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — July 20, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    WHERE do you come up with this stuff?!?! LOVE. IT.


  14. #
    Kristina — July 20, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    and it’s so pretty!

    I remember when I was like, five, my mom had one of those tins of lavender candies. I thought she was nuts, until I tasted them. then I knew she was nuts.

    but real actual lavender herbs? love them in food!


  15. #
    Kim in MD — July 20, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Yum! I don’t like floral scents either, but I am obsessed with lavender! I have some lavender in my garden, and whenever I pass by it I have to grab a flower and run it through my fingers…the smell is amazing!


  16. #
    Lisa — July 20, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I’ve been swooning over some lemon lavender cupcakes I bought at a local bakery lately and while eating a bag of TJ’s salt water taffy I wondered if I could find some lavender flavored salt water taffy and now this.
    You are a delicious little genius!


  17. #
    Cait's Plate — July 20, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I’ve stayed away from lavender as well too. There’s just something about eating flowers…however, this is something I can definitely get on board with!


  18. #
    Laura — July 20, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    for some reason, I adore the photography of your fingers sprinkling the lavender. it’s possibly my favourite.


  19. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 20, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Love it!!! And love the sprinkles. :)


  20. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — July 20, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I eat popcorn every single day, but I’m never cooked with Lavender which is really weird b/c purple is my favorite color and you would think that I would’ve done it by now. Anywho, this looks amazing! Can I just say, you and your recipes are brilliant! Love them so much <3


  21. #
    DessertForTwo — July 20, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Whoa! So impressed :)


  22. #
    Sadie @ — July 20, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I’ve always been tempted to bake with lavendar, but I’ve taken the plunge. Lavendar Popcorn might just be the gateway, because who doesn’t love popcorn!


  23. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 20, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Now I’m singing Sesame Street. ;-)
    I have yet to do a popcorn recipe, but I’ve really been wanting to do one.
    AND I have yet to make anything with lavender, so it sounds like it’s time.
    Great recipe, girl!


  24. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — July 20, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I’ve tried lavendar in cookies, but love the idea on popcorn – sounds amazing!


  25. #
    MoniQue — July 20, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! You had me at the sprinkles! When I buy frozen yogurt or ice cream, I always request sprinkles for my topping, and I have to say, “Please don’t sprinkle my sprinkles. Put it on like a five-year-old child.” :)


  26. #
    Kelly — July 20, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I don’t think I have ever had Lavendar…..I have a most unrefined palate.


  27. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 20, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Lavender is pure freakin’ magic. Favorite thing to make (besides now THIS that I”m sure will be in my lavender food repertoire), Lemon Lavender Cupcakes. I’m addicted and figured out the perfect recipe.

    And really – sprinkles just take this whole thing over the top. For reals.


  28. #
    JessicaW — July 20, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Wow. I would have never thought about doing this combination until now! Thank you!


  29. #
    Alexa Ray — July 20, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Gurlfrand, where do you get culinary lavender? This looks delicious. I trust you.


  30. #
    Lisa — July 20, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I just got married at Carmel Valley Ranch a few weeks ago and we took pictures in a lavender field! Isn’t it beautiful there?! I think I need to make this for us to snack on when we go through all of the pictures :) Thanks for the great idea!


    • Jessica — July 20th, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      OMG!! Congrats! When I was there I kept saying how incredible it would be to get married there. I want details!


  31. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 20, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Good thing you were surrounded by lavender this past weekend. I bet this tastes delicious with the combo and there is no way popcorn is a cop out.


  32. #
    A Bowl Of Mush — July 20, 2012 @ 10:35 am



  33. #
    Lady Lip Print — July 20, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I love cooking with lavender! One time I roasted a chicken with a lavender and olive oil and a tiny of salt it was amazing! Also Whole Foods has a lavender soda that is crisp and airy and slightly floral and its to die for!


  34. #
    Danielle — July 20, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    My absolute favorite flavor of ice cream is lavender (with honey and sesame seeds sprinkled on top, mmmm!). I’m obsessedddd with lavender (I keep trying to make a lavender fudge ice cream cake….delicious, but completely falls apart. One day!) and this is going to be added to my list of things to do with it, besides stuffing it in my pillow. Can’t wait to try this!!!


  35. #
    Karen — July 20, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    It looks like unicorn food! I want!!


  36. #
    Stephanie — July 20, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Beautiful! I wonder if I can sneak some into the movie theater with me this weekend..


  37. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 20, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!


  38. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 20, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I love cooking with lavender!! What a genius idea to put it on popcorn :)


  39. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — July 20, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Just Tuesday I spent 2 hours driving around Pittsburgh trying to find lavender. You’re in my head!


  40. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 20, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    the flavors – wow

    white choc
    vanilla bean paste (amazing stuff)

    I love popcorn so this is a must!


  41. #
    Gaby @ Gyre and Gimble — July 20, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Lavender, chocolate, vanilla, and popcorn. This recipe speaks to me. I will not object to you making more lavender recipes.


  42. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — July 20, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    Yum!! I love the idea of this combination. Carmel is absolutely serene, soi am already sold on the idea of flowers in food when it is related to that beautiful place.


  43. #
    Jessica @{Chic Sugar} — July 20, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    This is fabulous!


  44. #
    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — July 20, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    haha.. funny opening! this sounds so interesting and delicious!


  45. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — July 20, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    What a fancy way to doll up popcorn! Love this ;)


  46. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 20, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Wow, love this!! I am now craving popcorn …


  47. #
    Emily @ — July 20, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Your creativity is never-ending!!! I am always amazed by you and your magic-ness! : )


  48. #
    Erin @ erinberries — July 20, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    This sounds so delicious! Perfect way to make a movie night more fancy! :)


  49. #
    Katie — July 20, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    What an incredible combination of flavors! And so beautiful too. Love the lavender sprinkled on top!


  50. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 20, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    All of this sounds so strange and delicious at the same time. I must try this!!



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