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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

caramel popcorn.


my family always made the chewy variety of caramel popcorn, and this is the first crunchy recipe i've tried. i think i'm completely converted. it was so yummy!

1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light karo syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn {i popped 1 cup uncooked kernels}

preheat oven to 250 degrees. place popcorn in a very large bowl {i ended up using two}.

in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. stir in brown sugar, karo syrup & salt. bring to a boil, stirring constantly. boil, stirring often, for 4 minutes. remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. {i only baked mine for about 30 minutes because it was perfectly crunchy and delicious by then.} remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

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