K-POP {Korean Popcorn} A Thank You, A Celebration, and A Giveaway


K-POP korean popcorn

K-POP {Korean Popcorn}

Fresh Popped Corn, Sesame Oil, Gochugaru,
Sesame Seeds, Korean Roasted Sea Salt, Seasoned Seaweed

Last month Taste With The Eyes turned six years old, the date came and went without any fanfare. But I simply cannot let the milestone go by without thanking you, my dear friends and readers. With your encouragement and inspiration I cooked, created, photographed and wrote over 700 posts since 2007.

That’s worthy of a little celebration. So I want to share something really good and really simple. Something you can enjoy with your friends! This popcorn was dreamt up on the spur of the moment when guests stopped by unexpectedly one evening while I was in the middle of cooking a Korean dish. I poured some Hite beers and popped some corn. With the ingredients that were sitting on my counter, I dressed the popped corn. It was an instant hit! A sweet, savory, spicy snack. And thanks to my friend Michelle, it has a name: K-POP!

The K-POP Kit

K-POP Korean Popcorn

Gourmet Popcorn
Toasted Sesame Oil
Gochugaru (red chili powder)
Roasted Sesame Seeds
Korean Roasted Sea Salt
Seasoned Seaweed (sugar, salt, sesame)

Heat a heavy-bottomed medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add 3 T. canola oil and 1/2 cup corn kernels. Swirl pot to coat the kernels with oil. Cover and cook until the popping stops, about 5 minutes. Place the popcorn in a serving bowl. Sprinkle the popcorn with roasted sea salt, drizzle with sesame oil, season with spicy gochugaru, shake with sesame seeds, toss with the crispy crunchy seaweed. There are no exact measurements, just season according to your taste.

K-POP Korean Popcorn

K-POP Kit Giveaway

As a small token of my appreciation, I would love to send one of you a K-POP Kit. The Kit includes everything you need (except canola oil) to make many batches of this sweet, savory, spicy snack for your friends and family. Simply leave a comment on this post, and I will choose a winner randomly on August 31st. Thanks to you, it has been and continues to be an absolute pleasure to be the author of this culinary anthology…

UPDATE 8/9/2013:

K-POP Korean Popcorn is now a featured recipe in the Korea Herald Business.
Kamsahamnida K-Herald!

UPDATE 8/31/2013:

Congratulations to K-POP Winner ~ Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence!

53 thoughts on “K-POP {Korean Popcorn} A Thank You, A Celebration, and A Giveaway”

  1. Reminds me of the Hurricane Popcorn I chomp down in Hawaii. I’m getting out the popper right now!

  2. Wow, love the unique combination for the popcorn. I never thought about it but it would definitely work well together! I juz bought your blog, buy congrats on turning 6!!

  3. I can’t believe Taste with the eyes is 6 years old. My, they grow up so fast! Your popcorn looks delicious as do all of your dishes!

    1. Hi Ricci – thanks for your cute comment, you have more time to read Taste With The Eyes these days? Hope you are enjoying yourself! We miss you at school.

  4. LL, Congratulations on 6 years! Can you believe it? We both started our blogs in 2007. My, how time flies when you’re having fun! You’re gorgeous photography, restaurant reviews, tablescapes, picnics by the sea, family times and glorious food is a treat for all of us that know you.

    1. Marie – I know! Who would have thought we’d be here six years later? Your blog has inspired me from the beginning. Thank you for your kind words my friend, it is a pleasure to know you.

  5. Definitely a winner – I can tell because I’m drooling over my keyboard as I type.
    Happy sixth!

  6. Happy 6th anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and I’m constantly learning new things! As I always tell you, “you are AMAZING”! can I just have an ounce of your talent?! You know how much I love this popcorn!!!!

    1. Tracy – I’m always tickled by your enthusiasm for my cooking! You are so sweet.
      And I’m so glad that you left a comment here because you are the one reader that actually received my K-POP Kit and made the popcorn! A testimonial of sorts. Thank you!!

  7. Happy Anniversary. You continue to shower us with such inspiring, beautiful and creative dishes…

  8. Many happy returns of the day, dear Lori Lynn. How time flies! But you have all those beautiful posts to mark the road well traveled.

  9. Do you also like K-pop? ^_^ Adding Gochugaru to popcorns? nice try! How did it taste? Congratulations on your 6th anniversary and I really admire your enthusiasm for cooking and appreciate your effort to recreate Korean foods.

    1. Hi Jessie – I might be a little old for K-Pop music, but I sure do enjoy the culture. And you can see I love Korean food!
      Try the K-Pop recipe on your next batch of popcorn and tell me what you think, OK? I know you have all the ingredients…
      Thanks for the well wishes.

  10. Just found you on the web and I have to say, I love all of your posts!! This K-Pop is the most intriguing thing I have seen with Popcorn.. EVER!!… Thank you for your blog and Congratulations on your 6th anniversary. HERES TO MANY MORE

  11. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your work is consistently beautiful and inspiring. Every visit is indeed a feast for the eyes.

  12. I love your photos…I’m always ravenous when I leave you…

    Bon Anniversaire Happy Birthday

    Thanks so much … Marilyn, you are enjoyable and very very inspiring.


  13. Congratulations on your blogiversary, I am a longtime follower and absolutely love your stunning photos and recipes!

  14. Love spicy popcorn. I have all the fixings. Will make tonight for a treat.
    I love you website. I am teaching a cooking class in November in Napa CA and your site is one of the sites I use for inspiration. Thank you so much for your creativity and photography.

    Blessings, Anne

    1. Hi Anne – thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time out of your busy day to comment. How neat that you are teaching a cooking class in Napa. Such a magical place. Best wishes with that event! I would love to see what you are cooking, please share if possible.

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