Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

This is by far the best recipe I found for a homemade caramel popcorn recipe. I made two batches for Ryan & Will's birthday party. I made them two days in advance to give me some time to work on other menus for the party. It was worth it and I placed them in these cute little bags. Sipping wine and baking popcorn on a lazy weeknight was not bad at all.

* 1 cup butter
* 2 cups brown sugar
* 1/2 cup corn syrup
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 5 quarts popped popcorn


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.


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