May 09, 2006

Caramel Popcorn


Ingredients:
2 quarts popped popcorn*
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250. In a medium saucepan, bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, spread popped popcorn out on a 9x13 baking dish, careful to remove any unpopped kernels. After the 5 minutes, add the salt, vanilla and baking soda, stir. Carefully pour over the popcorn. Using a spatula, turn the popcorn to coat. Place in the oven and bake 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and serve. Store any leftovers in an air tight container.


* air popped works best


My thoughts:
I never thought you could make caramel popcorn at home but you can. This makes a fairly crisp caramel corn, more like what you might find in packaged caramel corn than the chewier kind that you may find sold warm on the boardwalk. It's a has a good caramel taste and it's so easy, it's a great (low fat) alternative to just eating buttered popcorn on movie night, or as it is around here, Gilmore Girls night.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! I am so tempted to make a batch right now, but it's just me so I won't risk me eating half the batch :-)

    PS. I'm a Gilmore Girls fan, too! The finale was scandalous, no?

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  2. Yum! Hooray for the Gilmore Girls - my favorite part of the finale was the Sonic Youth bit - Kim Gordon is my hero!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Hmm... My sister just bought some popcorn to make. Perhaps, I'll try your carmel recipe. I never thought you could make this at home, either!

    Best,
    Paz

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  4. Thank you for this recipe -- I've always wanted to make caramel corn but thought it would be too complicated. You seem to have a great, streamlined recipe!

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