Saturday, November 12, 2011

Movie Night Caramel Corn

Movie Night is always an event in our house, especially now that the kids are older and it is harder to find a night when we are all home.  One of the most requested snacks on movie night is always the homemade caramel corn.  I have been using this same recipe since I was a girl and found it in a children's cookbook (a long time ago!).
Umm....no drooling on the screen please.

Movie Night Caramel Corn
8 C. popped popcorn
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 Tbsp. Corn syrup (or corn syrup substitute)
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Place popcorn in a large casserole dish, set aside.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Preparing for a double batch
In a med. saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Bring to a boil over med. heat.  When mixture starts to boil, stop stirring and boil 5 minutes (without stirring).
No stirring my caramelly goodness
Remove mixture from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla, mixture will become light and fluffy.
Ready for some popcorn
Pour mixture over popcorn and stir to coat.  Bake for 20-25 minutes stirring every 7-8 minutes, until mixture starts to harden.
Just keep stirring, just keep stirring...

Remove from oven and cool, stirring to break up pieces and keep from sticking to pan.  Caramel corn becomes crunchy as it cools.

Enjoy!

~I almost always make a double batch, otherwise it disappears before I can set the bowl down. 

1 comment:

Gail Schurba said...

Thanks. so much for this. I had a total childhood flashback of my momma making this exact recipe. I am going to do this for my own children.