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Golden Gaytime popcorn (copycat) | RecipeTin Eats


Right here’s a copycat recipe for Australia’s (present) favorite confectionary – Golden Gaytime Popcorn! Caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with biscuits crumbs, it’s ridiculously addictive however somewhat costly. Save a fortune by making it your self!

Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe in a bowl
Bowls of Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe

Golden Gaytime Popcorn

Popcorn and sweet lovers alike had been in a tizzy of pleasure with Golden Gaytime Popcorn was first launched. Yours really included. The chatter between closet popcorn-loving mates, nonetheless, shortly moved from “Far out, that is loopy good!” to “OMG are you able to imagine it’s so costly”??

Named as such as a result of it’s a popcorn model of a beloved Australian’s ice cream known as Golden Gaytime, one packet of the Gaytime popcorn is $5.75 for 100g (3.5 oz). A small bag with simply 2 cups of Gaytime popcorn. I can’t afford to feed my habit!!

Which, after all, result in what was affectionately dubbed The Gaytime Popcorn Undertaking – a do-it-yourself model I used to be assured I might create for 80% cheaper. How’d I do? My report card is on the backside of the submit!

Retailer-bought Golden Gaytime popcorn

A fast inspection of the elements label was all I wanted to provide you with a copycat recipe. It’s actually simply caramel popcorn with a drizzle of chocolate and sprinkling of biscuit crumbs.

Nevertheless, my do-it-yourself Gaytime Popcorn is much extra beneficiant on the chocolate drizzling (oh, why not? 😇). And also you received’t break the financial institution!

Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe

Hmm, I did a “sprinkling of biscuit crumbs”, didn’t I. However it seems extra like I’m assertively throwing biscuit crumbs within the picture under. You need biscuit crumbs? Right here’s your biscuit crumbs!!! 😂

Substances you want

Right here’s what you want to make this. The primary half covers the caramel popcorn, then the second half covers the chocolate drizzle and biscuit crumbs.

Caramel popcorn elements

Right here’s what you want for the caramel popcorn:

What goes in Caramel Popcorn
  • Corn syrup – This stabilises the caramel to make sure sugar crystallisation doesn’t happen, offers the caramel a pleasant shiny end that’s crisp somewhat than sticky. Widespread grocery merchandise within the US and Canada ! It may be bought on-line in Australia from USAFoods.com.au and Amazon.

    Glucose is an ideal substitute for corn syrup which is obtainable in Australian supermarkets (baking aisle, clear thick syrup with honey consistency). Just a bit tougher to measure out as a result of it’s so thick. Nevertheless, the popcorn must be baked for quarter-hour longer to verify the caramel coating dries out and turns into crisp. It’s because glucose has barely greater water content material.

  • Baking soda / bi-carb – This makes the caramel coating turn out to be kind of foamy and enhance in quantity whenever you whisk it in. It helps get even protection of caramel on the popcorn. With out the baking soda, you find yourself with massive globs of caramel. It could actually’t be substituted with baking powder.

  • Toffee, caramel or vanilla essence – Retailer-bought Gaytime popcorn has a stronger albeit extra synthetic caramel flavour than do-it-yourself. To copy this, use a caramel or toffee essence. In any other case, simply keep on with vanilla like regular caramel popcorn. It’s actually not a giant deal, the popcorn nonetheless has a stunning caramel-y flavour.

  • Brown sugar somewhat than white sugar, for higher caramel flavour.

  • Butter – For flavour. Not margarine or different alternate options. I can’t predict what that may do to the crispness of the caramel coating.

  • Oil – Something impartial flavoured like vegetable, canola or peanut oil. That is for cooking the popcorn. It doesn’t work as effectively with butter (as a result of butter is ~15% water and dairy, not simply fats).

  • Popping corn! It’s often offered within the potato crisps aisle in grocery shops right here in Australia.

Chocolate drizzle and biscuit crumbs

For the chocolate drizzle and biscuit crumbs, you simply want chocolate appropriate for melting and a few plain biscuits to crush up then sprinkle on the popcorn.

Ingredients in Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe
  • Chocolate -You need to use a mixture of darkish and white chocolate, as I’ve executed (just like the store-bought Gaytime popcorn combine), or only one or the opposite.

    Use a chocolate bought from the baking aisle somewhat than consuming chocolate. Baking chocolate is purpose-made for melting and cooking with, whereas consuming chocolate is definitely usually designed particularly so it doesn’t soften when heat! I sometimes use “melts” for melting and chocolate chips for issues like chocolate chip cookies as they’re designed to carry their form when cookies are baked.

    For these of you within the US, semi-sweet chocolate chips is ideal.

  • Plain biscuits – A signature a part of Golden Gaytime Popcorn is the sprinkling of crushed biscuits on the popcorn. The elements label specifies that it’s vanilla biscuits. Actually although, any plain candy biscuits will work simply tremendous!


The right way to make Golden Gaytime Popcorn

Merely make caramel popcorn then end with a drizzle of chocolate and sprinkle of biscuit crumbs. It would keep crisp and recent for at the least per week – I’m positive it would final for longer (caramel popcorn lasts for weeks). However each take a look at batch I made mysteriously disappeared earlier than I might end testing the shelf life!!

1. Pop popcorn

Pop your popcorn kernels utilizing your technique of alternative – range or popcorn maker, in case you have one (I do, however for some purpose digging it out of the again of the cabinet looks like extra effort than cooking the popcorn on the range).

Right here’s tips on how to prepare dinner popcorn on the range.

How to make Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe
  1. Check kernels – Warmth oil in a big pot over medium warmth. Add just a few items of popcorn and wait till it pops, then shortly take away.

    Add remaining popcorn, elevate off range to shake and unfold corn out evenly. Cowl with a lid.

  2. Shake! As soon as the popcorn begins popping in earnest, shake the pot gently as soon as. Take away from warmth when the popping stops (when you possibly can rely to three between pops) and switch to a (very!) giant bowl.

How to make Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe
  1. To make the caramel soften butter in a saucepaan over medium warmth. Add sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir till simply mixed.

  2. Simmer – When it begins to bubble, simmer for 4 minutes – DO NOT STIR! This may occasionally trigger the sugar to crystallise so that you received’t find yourself with a clean caramel.

  3. Baking soda “foamy” – Take away from warmth then shortly whisk in vanilla and baking soda. While you cease whisking, the caramel will foam and enhance in quantity. That is what makes the caramel coat the popcorn evenly. With out the baking soda, you find yourself with thick heavy globs of caramel on the popcorn and it’s inconceivable to toss.

  4. Coat popcorn – Rapidly pour the foamy caramel straight over the popcorn and toss to coat the popcorn as finest you possibly can till the caramel cools and begins to harden.

How to make Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe
  1. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing each 10 minutes or so. The caramel will remelt for the primary 2-3 tosses so it coats the popcorn extra evenly.

    REMINDER: If utilizing glucose as an alternative of corn syrup, bake for an additional quarter-hour.

  2. Cool – Take away from oven, go away to chill on the tray for 20 minutes so the caramel hardens. Then break up the popcorn – no must be too pedantic, clumps are nice!


Gaytime the popcorn!

OK, so time to remodel our caramel popcorn into Gaytime Popcorn! Right here’s how:

How to make Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe
  1. Bash the biscuits into crumbs both in a ziplock bag or utilizing a mortar and pestle.

  2. Soften the chocolate within the microwave (I exploit this) or bain-marie (bowl set over simmering water).

  3. Switch the melted chocolate right into a piping bag. This makes it simpler to get even protection and zig-zag chocolate drizzles such as you get with the shop purchased Gaytime popcorn. However if you happen to desire, you possibly can simply use a spoon for drizzling.

  4. Prepared for drizzling!

  5. Drizzle the chocolate all around the popcorn in no matter sample you like. There aren’t any guidelines! Besides – goal for even protection. No person desires to be the unfortunate one who will get a handful of chocolate-less popcorn!

  6. Sprinkle the popcorn with the biscuit crumbs whereas the chocolate continues to be moist. The biscuits will stick with the chocolate half solely, and it sort of sticks in concentrated (albeit small) patches so you possibly can style it slightly higher. I most popular this technique somewhat than sprinkling it on the caramel popcorn while within the oven (the crumbs sort of received misplaced).

    As soon as the chocolate units – I pace issues up by popping the trays within the fridge for quarter-hour – it’s able to dive in!!

Tray of Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe

Storage

In principle, Gaytime Popcorn ought to keep recent and crisp so long as Caramel Popcorn which has a wonderful shelf lifetime of a number of weeks.

Check batches made it to across the 1 week mark efficiently earlier than mysteriously disappearing. So I can’t say for positive, however I’m assured it ought to final for at the least 2 weeks. Simply ensure it’s saved in an hermetic container in a cool and dry place. If moisture will get in and/or it’s scorching and humid, the caramel coating will get sticky and chewy so it will get caught in your enamel.

This was a jar meant for gifting. It by no means received gifted. 🤭

Jar of Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe

REPORT CARD: Do-it-yourself is 68% cheaper!!

I boldly acknowledged after I began on the Gaytime Popcorn Undertaking that I believed I might make it for 80% lower than store-bought.

We’ve run the numbers and the outcomes are in.

One batch prices $8.96 to make which equates to five packets of retailer purchased Gaytime Popcorn which prices $28.75 ($5.75 per packet). That’s a 68% saving!

So, I used to be 12% off. However nonetheless. I’d by no means spend $28.75 for five packets of Gaytime. However I’d spend $8.96 to make a batch of this any day of the week – and twice for film evening! – Nagi x


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Golden Gaytime popcorn - copycat recipe

Golden Gaytime Popcorn – copycat recipe!

Servings12 cups

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Recipe video above. I really like Golden Gaytime Popcorn. However it’s costly. So I made a decision to create a do-it-yourself model – with a 68% saving! It prices $8.96 to make this recipe which equates to five packets of Gaytime Popcorn which prices $28.75 ($5.75 per packet). After inspecting the packet elements, it is simply caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with biscuits crumbs. Straightforward!One batch makes 780g / 28oz, 12 cups = 5 packets of store-bought Golden Gaytime popcorn.

Directions

Popcorn

  • Check oil – Warmth oil in a big pot over medium warmth. Add just a few items of popcorn and wait till it pops, then shortly take away.

  • Pop – Add remaining popcorn, elevate off range to shake and unfold corn out evenly. Cowl with a lid. As soon as the popcorn begins popping in earnest, shake the pot gently as soon as. Then crack the lid a tiny bit – let’s steam escape for crisper popcorn.

  • Take away from warmth when the popping stops (when you possibly can rely to three between pops) and switch to a (very!) giant bowl.

Caramel:

  • Preheat oven to 110°C/230°F (each fan and normal ovens).

  • Mix – Soften butter in a saucepaan over medium warmth. Add sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir till simply mixed.

  • Simmer – When it begins to bubble, simmer for 4 minutes – DO NOT STIR!

  • Baking soda “foamy” – Take away from warmth then shortly whisk in vanilla and baking soda. While you cease whisking, the caramel will foam and enhance in quantity.

  • Coat popcorn – Rapidly pour straight over popcorn, toss till caramel cools and begins to harden.

Baking to crisp caramel coating:

  • Unfold popcorn on 2 giant paper lined baking trays.

  • Bake for 45 minutes, tossing each 10 minutes or so. Caramel will remelt for the primary 2-3 tosses – tossing coats popcorn extra evenly with caramel. (If utilizing glucose, bake additional quarter-hour).

  • Cool – Take away from oven, go away to chill on the tray for 20 minutes. Then break up the popcorn – no must be too pedantic, clumps are nice!

Drizzle and crumbs

  • Crumbs – Place biscuits in a ziplock bag and bash into crumbs.

  • Soften chocolate – Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave in 30 second increments on excessive, stirring in between, till melted and clean – about 1 1/2 minutes. (If doing a small quantity of white chocolate, scale back to twenty second increments).

  • Chocolate piping luggage – Switch chocolate right into a piping bag. Use scissors to snip a small opening on the tip.

  • Drizzle & crumb – Push the popcorn collectively however in a single layer. Drizzle criss-cross (or any sample!) all around the popcorn. Sprinkle with biscuits crumbs whereas the chocolate is moist so it sticks.

  • Fridge – Refrigerate for quarter-hour till the chocolate is kind. Gently break popcorn into items. EAT!

  • Retailer in an hermetic container in a cool place. Stays crisp for at the least per week. Our take a look at batches by no means lasted any longer!

Recipe Notes:

1. Corn Syrup  stabilises the caramel to make sure sugar crystallisation doesn’t happen, plus makes it further crisp and glossy. Widespread grocery merchandise within the US and Canada ! Could be bought on-line in Australia from USAFoods.com.au (right here) and Amazon.
Glucose is an ideal substitute for corn syrup which is obtainable in Australian supermarkets (baking aisle, clear thick syrup with honey consistency). Just a bit tougher to measure out as a result of it’s so thick. Nevertheless, the popcorn must be baked for quarter-hour longer (as a result of glucose as greater water content material).
2. Toffee or caramel essence – Retailer purchased Gaytime has a stronger albeit extra synthetic caramel flavour than do-it-yourself. To copy this, use a caramel or toffee essence. In any other case, simply keep on with vanilla like regular caramel popcorn!
3. Baking soda/bi-carb – This makes the caramel coating turn out to be kind of foamy and enhance in quantity whenever you whisk it in. Helps with even protection on the popcorn. With out, you find yourself with massive globs of caramel.
4. Chocolate – Retailer purchased Gaytime popcorn has ~50/50 white and darkish chocolate drizzles. And somewhat skimpy at that! This do-it-yourself model is far more beneficiant with the chocolate.
Use any mixture of darkish and white chocolate you need. I used about 25% white chocolate and 75% darkish chocolate.
5. Biscuits – Any plain candy biscuits will work right here. Simply one thing to sprinkle on the popcorn. The Gaytime Popcorn elements simply lists “vanilla biscuits” for the crumbs used!
6. Storage – stays 100% crisp and recent at the least 1 week, in all probability extra (caramel popcorn lasts 2 to three weeks). You should definitely hold it in an hermetic container in a cool dry place. If it’s tremendous scorching and humid, fridge is finest.
Diet per serving assuming 12 servings. It’s not food plan meals!

Diet Info:

Serving: 46gEnergy: 339cal (17%)Carbohydrates: 47g (16%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fats: 18g (28%)Saturated Fats: 8g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 5gTrans Fats: 0.3gLdl cholesterol: 19mg (6%)Sodium: 166mg (7%)Potassium: 101mg (3%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 40g (44%)Vitamin A: 223IU (4%)Calcium: 34mg (3%)Iron: 0.4mg (2%)

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