About 8:00 Saturday night I got the urge to make some homemade caramel popcorn for Hubby and myself. I have fond memories of when I was growing up this being a Saturday night treat while watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Walker Texas Ranger (CHUCK NORRIS YOU RULE!). So off I went in search of a caramel popcorn recipe. I found one in my Betty Crocker cookbook and gathered all the ingredients. Of course I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I didn’t remember my Mom putting our’s in the oven to dry it out. We ate ours right after she would make it and it would be all chewy and sticky.
I am going to type the recipe just like it is in my cookbook but make notes along the way of what I did.
- 15 cups popped popcorn (we used 3 mini bags of microwave popcorn)
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/4 light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 200 degrees. Place popcorn in a very large bowl. Heat brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around the edges of the pan. Continue cooking for 5 minutes with stirring, remove from heat. Stir in baking soda until foamy. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn; toss until evenly coated. (BE VERY CAREFUL HERE NOT TO GET IT ON YOUR HANDS). Transfer mixture to 2 ungreased rectangular pans. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on aluminum foil or parchment paper. Cool completely about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered.
AS MENTIONED BEFORE I DID NOT DO THE OVEN THING. MY MOM NEVER DID AND WE ENJOYED THE CHEWY CLUSTERS OF CARAMEL CORN FRESH FROM THE BOWL. I WOULD DO THE OVEN DRYING OUT IF YOU DON’T PLAN ON EATING IT ALL WITH IN COUPLE OF DAYS OR IF YOU HAVE BAD TEETH.
Peace, Love and Carmel Corn