Enjoy the perfect Mother’s Day with Empire Popcorn

With March in full swing, it’s safe to say that spring is finally here and we all know that this time of year means only one thing; Mothering Sunday has once again arrived. For some the mere mention fills them with dread at the thought of having to figure out a wonderfully new way of telling them how much they’re loved but for others, such as us here at Empire, we know the perfect way to say thank you on Mother’s Day and it just so happens to be something the whole family can enjoy together.

It’s no secret that our parents love us putting effort into something and even when we’ve reached an age when our own children are taking centre stage, a hand made card is still loved and adored more than one we’ve bought from the shop. Treating mum to a delicious home cooked meal is therefore no doubt one of the most thoughtful things you can do (in her eyes at least) but have you ever thought about making it a little extra special with some home cooked treats?

Here at Empire we not only supply a wide variety of gourmet-flavoured popcorn that’s guaranteed to get your taste buds excited but we also supply unpopped kernels ready for you to pop at home. Some people enjoy popping our high quality kernels and smothering them in our very own flavouring, which can be bought from us at the same time. Others on the other hand also enjoy researching their very own flavours and creating something completely unique at home. Here we have just some of the most exciting popcorn recipes that are ideal for making at home and will most definitely have Mum getting excited for dessert.

For the chocolate loving Mum – this recipe includes popcorn as well as crisps, pretzels and chocolate. This is the ideal recipe for the chocolate loving Mum out there and it couldn’t be easier to make:

1/2 cup of popcorn kernels

1 ½ cups of mini pretzels

2 cups of crisps

16 oz of white chocolate (melted)

3 oz of milk chocolate (melted)

To make this creation you can begin by popping your kernels. Whether you pop them on the stove or in a popcorn maker is entirely up to you. Mix the popcorn with the pretzels and crisps before adding all of the melted white chocolate. Mix it all in together and do your best to avoid eating it all there and then. You may need to use a large spatula to fold the white chocolate and popcorn mix together to ensure an even spread. Once you’re happy everything is mixed in together well, we advise spreading the mix onto two baking trays. Then simply drizzle the melted milk chocolate all over both trays and cover evenly. Place in the fridge for around ten minutes or until the chocolate has hardened and it’s ready to be broken up into chunks and served. For a nicer presentation why not invest in some of our authentic popcorn cups and give Mum a real treat on Mothering Sunday?

For the nectar loving Mums – this recipe is one of the simplest recipes around yet creates a wonderful tasting treat at the end. If your mum loves the sweet taste of honey and you’re feeling pushed for time, then this option is probably the best for you:

½ cup of popcorn kernels

2 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Again, as with our chocolate lovers recipe we advise you pop your popcorn in anyway you see fit. Whether you want to pop in the microwave, on the stove or with one of our machines, it’s entirely up to you. Once you’ve popped your popcorn we do suggest you go through it to ensure all have popped. Any unpopped kernels will be better removed to avoid any unwanted surprises. While it’s still hot we suggest drizzling half the honey over the popcorn. Then simply shake it up or stir and drizzle the rest of the honey. This ensures an even spread of the sweet tasting honey. Once you’ve spread all of it, it’s then time to sprinkle the cinnamon. As you did with the honey, sprinkle half on and then shake. Then sprinkle on the remaining half to ensure a good even spread of the ingredients. With this one we suggest serving immediately as it’s so much tastier when it’s warm. For a real treat, again place in our authentic serving cups and decorate each serving with a stick of cinnamon for that real authentic look.

For Mums that love anything sticky and sweet – this recipe is guaranteed to be a winner with pretty much anyone and is fairly simple too:

½ cup of popcorn kernels

½ cup of butter

1 cup of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of honey

½ tablespoon of vanilla

12 large marshmallows

Once you’ve popped your popcorn, using whichever method you desire, we suggest having a little look through to remove any unpopped kernels that may have escaped your clutches. Once this is done, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and add the brown sugar. Once you’ve mixed this in fully add the honey, vanilla and marshmallows. Turn the heat up to around medium and continue to stir until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture appears smooth then just pour over your popcorn and serve immediately.

If you’d love to serve your Mum authentic popcorn on Mothering Sunday but don’t have the time to make it yourself then simply let us do the hard work for you. Order any one of our stunning gourmet flavours such as Hot Madras or Spicy Thai in our authentic serving cups and make her day that little extra special. For more information on the delicious flavours we have on offer, click here.