My mom has made caramel corn for Christmas for as long as I can remember. It's been a favorite holiday treat in our family. A few years ago I made it with her and realized how easy it was. Ever since then, I've been the one in charge of bringing the caramel corn to our family christmas get-togethers. I've made several batches already this week and so I decided I might as well take some pictures along the way and share the recipe with you!
5 quarts popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Paper grocery bags (I always stock up this time of year)
Pop corn first.
*Always use a clean bag for each batch to prevent caramel from burning.
*I rinse or wash out the pan between batches.
*Pop all your corn first, no matter how many batches you're making. It gets pretty crazy if you have popcorn popping, caramel boiling, and caramel popcorn spinning in the microwave all at the same time!
If you want all the directions in a nice paragraph, here you go:
Pop corn first. Pour into large paper bag. In sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Turn up the heat to medium and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and quickly stir while you slowly add vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn in bag and stir. Close bag and microwave for 1 minute. Shake up and stir caramel corn. Close bag and return to microwave with bag upside down for 1 more minute. Shake and stir again and pour caramel corn into pans to cool. Continue stirring or breaking up clumps with fingers until completely cooled.
So there you have it! Trust me, everyone will love it!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!