Coconut Popcorn Crunch Pie
This fun, cool pie has a crunchy, candied popcorn crust filled with your choice of ice cream.
2 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted
1 (4-ounce) can flaked coconut, toasted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 quart vanilla, spumoni or butter pecan ice cream
Sweetened fresh or defrosted frozen fruit or chocolate sauce, if desired
1 (12-inch) pizza pan
- Mix popcorn and coconut in a large buttered bowl. Combine sugar, syrup, butter or margarine, water and salt in saucepan. Bring to boil over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking until syrup reaches the hard crack stage (290°F to 295°F | approximately 145°C).
- Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup in fine stream over popcorn mixture; stir until particles are evenly coated with syrup.
- Turn half of popcorn mixture onto buttered 12-inch pizza pan; spread in thin layer covering bottom of pan. Mark off into wedge-shaped servings. Repeat using remaining popcorn mixture; cool.
- Cover one layer with ice cream; top with second popcorn layer. Store in freezer. To serve, cut in wedges. Serve plain or with desired fruit or sauce.
Makes 12 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Popcorn Board.