- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels (6 to 7 cups popped)
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon flake salt or smoked flake salt, for finishing
- Place the oil and popcorn in a large pot and cover with a lid. Place over medium-high heat. Shake the pot occasionally over the burner until the popping mostly subsides, about 2 seconds between pops. Pour the popcorn into a very large bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter with the brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Gently boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peanuts to the toffee and then drizzle over the popcorn. Stir carefully to evenly coat the popcorn. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring and rotating the pan halfway through. Sprinkle with flake salt to finish and then let cool to room temperature. The toffee popcorn can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container once thoroughly cooled.
Reprinted with permission from Date Night In © 2014 Ashley Rodriguez, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group