Raise your hand if you like to not only make great food the easy way but with very little mess!! My family is popcorn fanatics and will eat it any which way they can. I feel great about feeding it to them because it is a whole grain (takes a little of the guilt out while eating this scrumptious popcorn). Another great tidbit about popcorn…it is extremely cheap (providing you buy the kernels only). This caramel popcorn recipe is one of my favorites. Let me tell you why…it is easy to make, it requires only a handful of ingredients, easy cleanup, and wonderful tasting! Have you ever made caramel corn in the stove. Don’t get me wrong…it is really good, but it is tedious since it requires stirring every so often and usually takes a long to bake. Well, not this recipe! All you do is throw the popped popcorn in a big brown bag and dump the microwaved caramel sauce over the top. Give it a few shakes, then microwave it a bit more. Take it out of the microwave and shake it up some more. Then, wallah, you have caramel popcorn! This caramel sauce coats each piece just enough to give it some good flavor. If you like your popcorn with more caramel coating, then adjust the recipe to your liking. If you don’t like peanuts, either omit them completely or substitute them for your favorite nut. This is defiantly my go-to recipe for caramel corn!
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- 3 quarts popped popcorn (3/4 cup unpopped popcorn)
- 1½ cups salted Spanish peanuts, optional
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place popped corn and peanuts in a large brown paper bag; set aside.
- In a 2 quart microwaveable dish, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring after each minute until mixture comes to a boil and then microwave 2 more minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour syrup mixture over popcorn in the bag. Close bag by rolling opening over 2-3 times; shake well. Microwave bag for 1½ minutes then shake well again to incorporate caramel. Pour caramel popcorn into a bowl and serve. Makes 3 quarts.
Adapted from Happiness magazine