Video: Oscars 2013 previews, predictions and party recipes

Video: Oscars 2013 previews, predictions and party recipes
The movie experience simply isn’t complete without popcorn. But why stop at plain popcorn when you can coat it in rich caramel and nuts? Better fix an extra batch -- this stuff’ll go quickly.
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Predictions, previews and party nibbles! Check out this video to get up to date on all things Oscars. 

RECIPES: 16 winning recipes for your Academy Awards party!


From cocktails to classic party nibbles to film-inspired treats, we’ve got all your recipe needs covered for this year’s Oscars party! We’ve compiled 16 winning recipes for your Oscars-viewing pleasure. Continue reading below for our recipe for caramel popcorn and check out our recipe gallery for more ideas.


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Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Servings: Makes a generous 12 cups
Note: From Donna Deane

12 cups popped corn

1 cup toasted salted peanuts

1 cup toasted salted almonds


2 cups toasted salted pecans

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into quarters, plus butter for greasing 2 baking sheets

2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, almonds and pecans. Place the bowl in the oven to warm while making the caramel. Lightly butter 2 baking sheets.

2. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Heat the pan over high heat, stirring to combine the contents, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to a strong simmer and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until a candy thermometer inserted reads 255 degrees. Stir in the baking soda and remove from heat.


3. Pour the caramel quickly over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly. Divide the caramel corn between the two baking sheets and place them in the oven. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the caramel dries and hardens, about 1 hour. Remove the trays from the oven and allow the caramel corn to cool on the pans. Break the cooled caramel corn into small clusters and store in airtight containers. The caramel corn will keep for 2 days, stored at room temperature.

Each serving: 597 calories; 9 grams protein; 57 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fiber; 41 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 37 mg. cholesterol; 484 mg. sodium.

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