Lunchbox popcorn recipes for returning to school

With the summer over, it can mean only one thing and that’s time to get ready for the inevitable return to school. That means having bought the new uniforms and gone in search of the sales when you’re faced with children that just don’t want to go back, gathering the school essentials can seem like the easy part. Being one of the biggest suppliers of popcorn in the UK means our customer demographic spans a wide range but one of our biggest customer groups happens to be parents. Hearing from our customers isn’t just a great way to find out if they like the popcorn but a great way of finding out just how they choose to use the popcorn.

While some find popcorn to be the perfect Friday night movie treat, others have chosen to use it as a healthy way of spicing up their children’s lunch box. We’ve also heard a lot of parents like to use popcorn as a way of getting their children excited about being back at school by making exciting popcorn recipes that their children get to enjoy on their first day back. If you’d like to do the same then here are some fun and exciting popcorn recipes to make with your children on that all-important night before school.

Exciting popcorn recipes for their school lunchbox

Popcorn with brown butter and Parmesan - for this recipe you’ll need ½ cup of popcorn kernels, 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan. Simply pop the popcorn kernels as you would in a heated and oiled saucepan with a lid. Once it’s popped, set it to the side. Next you’ll need to brown the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir it with a wooden spoon just as it starts to foam. Take the butter off of the heat as it begins to turn golden brown and smell a little nutty. This should take around 1 minute. Then simply drizzle over your popcorn and finish by sprinkling with a little Parmesan and some salt. This recipe is most certainly delicious served straight away while it’s warm but it’s also really tasty once it’s cooled. Put some in a small Tupperware box and put it into your child’s lunchbox as a great alternative to chocolate and crisps.

Marshmallow popcorn bars – for this you’ll need 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and a little more to butter a dish. You’ll also need ½ a cup of popcorn kernels and 1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows. First you need to butter your baking dish and set aside before you pop your popcorn kernels in a large saucepan with a lid. Once the popcorn has been popped, set it aside and turn your attention to the butter and marshmallows. Grab a saucepan and over a medium to low heat, melt the butter and marshmallows, stirring until the mixture becomes smooth. This should take around 5 to 7 minutes. Then stir in the popcorn until it’s completely coated. Once you’re happy that the mixture and popcorn has been evenly spread, place into the prepared dish and let it set before you cut it into bars. This makes for the perfect chocolate bar replacement in any child’s lunchbox.

Pizza Popcorn – this recipe takes a little more preparation but is super tasty and perfect for children who love a savoury option. For this recipe you’ll need cooking spray, a 6-ounce tube of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, ½ a tablespoon of red pepper flakes and ½ a cup of popcorn kernels. You’ll also need a spice grinder too. Place the oven rack at the very bottom of the oven and then preheat to 200 degrees F. You can either butter a baking tray or line it with parchment paper and then butter on top of the parchment paper too. Spread the tomato paste out into a thin layer on top of the parchment paper using a plastic spatula. Place the baking tray into the oven and bake until the tomato paste turns very deep red in colour. This can sometimes take around 2 hours and may have the appearance of a fruit like leather.

Once you’ve allowed it to cool, tear the paste into small pieces and finely grind using the spice grinder. Add all of the tomato paste back into the spice grinder with the Parmesan, the oregano, garlic salt and pepper flakes. Grind all of it together into a very fine powder. You can store this in an air tight container for up to 5 days and you’ll be pleased to know there’ll be enough in there to make 6 whole batches of the pizza popcorn. To make 1 batch you first need to pop your popcorn kernels as you normally would in a large oiled saucepan with a lid. Then once it has popped simply add some melted butter and a few heaped tablespoons of your pizza spice. Then place a portion in a Tupperware box ready for your little one to enjoy when they open their lunchbox the next day at school.

Making your child’s first day back at school a pleasant one

Sometimes it just takes a few steps to make your child’s first day back at school a pleasant one. Not only that, it can help you as a parent to feel organized by taking the stress and worry out of it. Here are some of our top tips on making it an easy transition and putting yourself in complete control when this September arrives.

Heading back into a new school year can be intimidating for some but it doesn’t have to be if you as a parent can get yourself as organised as possible and try to make something fun to take their mind off of it. Making popcorn snacks is the perfect activity to enjoy the night before school and gives them a great reminder of their loving home awaiting them.