Easy Caramel Popcorn

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, January 20, 2010

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I always thought caramel corn would be difficult, labor intensive, to make.  But then around the holidays there were so many recipes posted for this fun treat on blogs I read that it got hooked in the back of my mind.

Need to try.

Need to try.

Then my brother sent me some of the most delectable caramel corn for my birthday and I knew I couldn’t wait any longer.  Need to try, now.

Now, to be honest, this wasn’t as divine as the stuff my bro sent me, but for how easy it is, this recipe really is a keeper.  How fun would it be to whip up a batch of this for your next family movie night.  Something a little special for your special someones.  Awe, now aren’t you sweet?

Caramel Corn

recipe from Our Best Bites
Details
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes.
  • Ready in 45 Minutes.
  • Makes: 12 Cups
Ingredients
  • 12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white Karo syrup (light corn syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste, you might not need any if using salted popcorn)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  • Pop popcorn and set aside.
  • Place brown sugar, Karo syrup, salt, and butter (cut into chunks) in a microwave safe dish.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir it all to combine. Now microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take it out and stir. Microwave for 2 more minutes. Stir.
  • While the caramel is cooking, put the popcorn in a big bowl. Use one that is bigger than you think you\'ll need. Also, try to get any un-popped kernels out.
  • When the caramel is done cooking, take out of microwave and add baking soda and vanilla. Stir it well and then pour it over the popcorn.
  • Mix it up well with a big spoon. Spread it all out on a piece of foil and let it cool for a minute so it doesn\'t get stuck in one big clump.
  • Spread out on a greased, foil-lined cookie sheet (you might need 2) and bake at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Check at each 10-minute interval for desired crunchiness.

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