Monday, October 6, 2008
Homemade Caramel Corn
You used to be able to buy caramel microwave popcorn. You'd pop the corn and then pour over the pouch of caramel...it was surprisingly good. Well, I haven't been able to find it in years (except for the box of 40 on amazon and there is no way on God's green Earth that I'm buying 40 boxes of caramel corn)...
So on my unbelievably busy Monday morning ,I decided to make my own caramel corn. I'm some how preparing myself for the day that I'm actually going to have a family to do these things for...for now, I'm just making my own butt bigger.
Two bags of popcorn popped in the microwave (I used the Naturally buttered popcorn...you don't want of that movie theater popcorn. It'll be too soggy)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 250. Pop your popcorn in the microwave and spead it out over a cookie sheet that you've sprayed with Pam.
Melt the butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a pan. Let it bubble for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Drizzle it over the popcorn. Toss. Drizzle, toss, drizzle, toss......(Do you know why Snoop Dogg carries an umbrella? For drizzle my nizzle!) It looks pathetic at this point and you'll feel like a failure...Don't worry the caramel WILL cover the popcorn in about 45 minutes.
Put it in the oven for about 15 minutes, take out, toss lightly, back in oven for 15 min, take out toss, back in oven for 15 minutes.... Take it out and toss for about 15 minutes...it'll start to harden and there you have it! Delicious salty caramel corn! It gets better the longer it sits out on the counter. That and I ran out of large plastic bags and refuse to get out of my pajamas on this awfully busy Monday to go to the store...so on the counter it'll sit.