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It can be quite hard to find yummy, and safe snacks when dealing with anyone who has to avoid dairy, nuts, citrus......!!

Biscuits become boring, cake - same old, fruit - yawn, crisps - unhealthy if eaten all the time.... you can just imagine the responses you get when offering possible options....! (Ok, all you mums and dads can stop laughing now!)

So, what's a mum to do!

It's the summer holidays, the kids have been on the go all day, you've been at work all day and have no energy or inclination to do or make anything....


Yep, those innocent little kernels can be turned into something truly scrummy, that is also safe, and relatively healthy if you avoid using copious amounts of sugar.

You will need:

  • 120g popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (if desired)


Add the popcorn kernels and oil to a large saucepan. Turn the heat up to medium-high, and put the lid on.

When the oil starts to fizz, add the sugar (and ground cinnamon if using). Put the lid back on and shake well, whilst holding the lid in place.

The popcorn kernels will soon start to pop. Continue to shake well, whilst holding the lid, so that the popcorn is well coated with the sugar.

Continue to cook until the popping slows, then remove from the heat and leave for around 30-40 seconds with the lid on to allow for the last of the kernels to pop.

Remove the lid, add the pinch of salt, replace the lid, and shake well.

Serve and enjoy!



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