Friday, June 22, 2012

Caramel-Nut Popcorn #Recipe

This delicious popcorn is a perfect blend of sweet and salted.  It's a great treat for a Friday night while watching a movie or it even makes a terrific gift; to neighbors at Christmas, a friend recuperating from an illness, or a last minute birthday gift to the person who has everything!  So easy to make and it's something the whole family can help with.

  • 14 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups whole almonds and/or roasted, salted cashews (optional)
  • 1 cup pretzels broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Put popcorn and, if desired, nuts into a 17x12x2-inch roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in the oven while making the caramel mixture.
2. Butter a large piece of foil; set aside. For caramel, in a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, without stirring, for 5 minutes more.

3. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour caramel over popcorn; stir gently to coat. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir mixture; bake for 5 minutes more. Spread caramel corn on prepared foil; cool. Place caramel corn in container and cover with plastic wrap; or package in gift bag.

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