Friday, July 11, 2008

Caramel Popcorn

I hadn't made this in a couple of years and just got a craving for it. Boy, is it good! I tweaked the recipe a little from the original on Allrecipes. Make this today!

5 quarts popcorn (that equals 20 cups....I just used 2 bags regular microwave popcorn)
nuts, if desired
1 stick of butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 250. Put popcorn and nuts in as large a bowl as you can find. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Do this ahead of time, you'll be glad later.
In a heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla, mixing well. Pour in a thin drizzle over the popcorn, stirring well to coat evenly.
Spread popcorn into the 2 baking sheets. Stick them in the oven, one on each shelf, for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring and switching positions every 15 minutes or so.
Try to keep your hands out of it until it's cool. :)

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