Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Caramel Popcorn (a.k.a my new favorite treat)

Beware...people will fight you for this!


Earlier this year our friend John turned 30 (which I mentioned in earlier posts). To celebrate this momentous occasion, his wife hosted a great party and his mom, Sue, made this AMAZING caramel popcorn. I already thought his mom was pretty great, but the fact that she created the tastiest popcorn I ever ate just put her over the top. Lucky for me (and you) she shared the recipe.

This popcorn is not only delicious, it is easy to make, and super affordable. I bagged the popcorn in cute little cellophane bags that had skeletons printed on them and tied it off with an orange Halloween ribbon. I think this would be perfect to give out as a favor for a party or even in a big cauldron to share.

Caramel Popcorn

4 bags buttered and salted popcorn, popped (remove any unpopped kernels)
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil over low heat 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and vanilla.

Place the popcorn into a turkey roaster pan coated with cooking spray. Pour caramel over popcorn. Bake at 250ยบ for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes with a spatula coated with cooking spray. Let cool before serving.