Monday, December 23, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Caramel Corn

My mom does NOT like to cook or bake, and she will be the first one to tell you. The love of cooking skipped a generation in our family. However, my mom makes some rockin' caramel corn. It isn't something that she makes very often, but boy when she does the whole family enjoys it. She usually makes it around the holidays and will give some as a gift to my grandparents, and then we eat the rest. :) This is definitely an indulgent snack, but just do it, it's the holidays. It is so good people! You MUST try it!

Marcia's Caramel Corn
  • 8 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 c. corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cream of tarter
  • 1 t. baking soda
  1. Pop the popcorn. Air popped is best, but if you have a kettle cooker (like myself), just use 1 T. oil, no salt or butter, while popping.
  2. Heat the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and pinch of salt in a small sauce pan until it boils. Let it boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the baking soda and stir until completely combined.
  4. Pour over the popcorn. Let it cool slightly before eating. Store in an air tight container.
***If you like nuts in your caramel corn, you can add some peanuts or another nut of your liking to the popcorn before you pour the liquid mixture on top of it.

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