Making Caramel Popcorn Easier than You Think
Caramel popcorn or “caramel corn” used to be directly associated with Halloween. But it has gradually become a popular snack food for just about any occasion and is sold in concession carts, food stands, and stores year-round.
Trick or treaters used to find at least several popcorn balls in their bags after a night of begging. Popcorn balls were a “clustered” form of caramel corn, shaped into a ball slightly larger in size than a baseball. Although they can still be found here and there, the popularity of the popcorn ball has slowly faded.
However, people still longed for the sumptuous taste that the combination of caramel and popcorn had to offer. Therefore, caramel corn is more popular than ever. In fact, many have taken it upon themselves to learn the recipe and make their own caramel corn. It’s not complicated, and it’s fun to get the kids involved in the process.
OK, prospective caramel popcorn makers, if you’re wondering how exactly you make this delectable snack, you’ve come to the right place:
How to make Caramel Popcorn
5 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add corn syrup, salt and brown sugar and stir as you bring it to a boil. Then boil without stirring for about four minutes then remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla, then pour a thin stream over the popcorn. Stir until popcorn is completely coated.
Then place the coated popcorn on a large shallow baking dish and place it in the preheated oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove the dish and let it cool. Then enjoy!