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Weekend Cooking – Caramel Corn

January 30, 2010

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I recently went to a baby shower – all of us there knew each other well.  There was tons of fabulous food, yet we all stood around this bowl of marvelous caramel corn like we were afraid someone else might get more than we did.  The rest of the food was hardly touched!  I begged for the recipe and made some caramel corn of my own.  Here’s the recipe:

Pop a regular sized bag of microwave popcorn, remove the unpopped pieces and place the rest in a 9 x13 inch dish.  (I used 1½ bags.)  Preheat oven to 350º.

In a small pan, mix 6 tablespoons butter, ¾ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons Karo syrup, and ½ teaspoon salt.  Bring to a boil, turn way down and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ vanilla and mix well.

Pour over popcorn and mix to coat well.    Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

You can add nuts to the popcorn if you’d like.  The recipe did not say to grease the baking dish, but I will next time, because clean-up was difficult.  The caramel corn was so delicious, it was worth it, though.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2010 4:49 am

    Ohh it never crossed my mind that you can do this at home! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. January 30, 2010 7:10 am

    Is it wrong that I’m salivating over this at 7:15 in the morning? I think I would be able to eat the whole bowl!

  3. January 30, 2010 7:16 am

    Oh – I love caramel corn! I think it is the combination of salt, sweet, butter, and crunch that makes it so irresistible. AND….this recipe sounds almost foolproof!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. January 30, 2010 8:01 am

    Yummmmy! I am a huge fan of all things popcorn. I especially love caramel corn. My recipe was good, but yours sounds more decadent!

  5. January 30, 2010 9:09 am

    Sounds yummy, I had someone point out a reciepe for butterscotch popcorn so I will have to give both of them a try.

  6. January 30, 2010 10:27 am

    That looks delicious! Much more appetizing than when my parents make popcorn — they eat it plain.

  7. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 30, 2010 11:12 am

    That looks so good that I want some right now, but we don’t have any popcorn in the house 😦

  8. January 30, 2010 12:18 pm

    OMG — Yummers. I now have a HUGE craving. And it sounds so easy. Maybe I’ll use parchment paper or a silicon pan liner. I know what our treat tonight will be….

  9. southernmax permalink
    January 30, 2010 12:20 pm

    Perfect snack for a winter day!!!

  10. January 30, 2010 12:38 pm

    Salty and sweet – definitely a great combination. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. January 30, 2010 12:43 pm

    Looks great…yummy for curling up on the couch watching movies!

  12. January 30, 2010 12:50 pm

    Oh I love caramel corn! I haven’t made it at home since I was a kid but now I want to! Thanks for this recipe!

  13. January 30, 2010 1:01 pm

    I love all things popcorn too. I like the look of this recipe. The one I use has brown sugar in it and you have to bake it for 45 minutes. I know what you mean about greasing the pan. I only made that mistake once.

  14. January 30, 2010 1:55 pm

    Homemade caramel corn is the best. Thanks for sharing this divine recipe and photo. I’m getting the munchies! 🙂

  15. January 30, 2010 5:37 pm

    This looks sinfully delicious and I will definitely make some sometime soon. I’ll have to do when I can share though or I’m liable to eat the whole thing all by myself like a piggie.

  16. January 30, 2010 6:47 pm

    MMMMMmmm… drool, seriously drooling here. 🙂 I usually pop the popcorn, then dip it in Tastefully Simple caramel sauce. Decadent but delicious. I’ll have to try your recipe sometime 😀

  17. January 30, 2010 9:18 pm

    It sure is a lot easier to make caramel corn with microwave popcorn, isn’t it? I remember the days when making any popcorn meant standing over the stove shaking the pan and hoping it wouldn’t burn up!

  18. January 30, 2010 10:31 pm

    Oh no … I so do not need to know how to make my own caramel popcorn. This post could be dangerous!

  19. January 31, 2010 1:43 am

    I’m craving for one now, Kathy!

  20. January 31, 2010 10:41 am

    that looks delish!!! i am in a popcorn mood, too. i recently tried trader joe’s kettle corn popcorn and am unequivocally hooked!

    i would make this right now but don’t have the karo syrup–well, that AND it’s 10:30am. haha.

  21. January 31, 2010 12:08 pm

    You my, I love me the caramel corn!!

    {{checking cupboard for karo…YES!}}

  22. January 31, 2010 5:12 pm

    Wow — thanks for sharing!

  23. January 31, 2010 9:12 pm

    Mmmmmm sounds soooo good!!

  24. January 31, 2010 10:27 pm

    My husband loved Caramel Corn, thank you for the recipe, I might just surprise him with this one day 🙂

  25. February 1, 2010 3:13 pm

    I’m definitely trying this, with nuts added! I wouldn’t never think about making this myself, but it looks very “doable”…!

  26. February 1, 2010 4:50 pm

    I love caramel corn, but it’s sometimes hard to find at the store. I am really glad that you posted this! My kids would love to come home to a big bowl of this, I’m sure!

  27. February 3, 2010 11:24 am

    Love, love, love caramel corn! You’re making me so hungry! My thighs hate you for posting this, but my stomach loves you.

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