Today’s project, Caramel Corn from July Living was chosen by Teresa at A Homemade Iowa Life. I’ve never made caramel corn and the kids love it, so this was a great project to try.
It was easier than I expected. You pop 12 cups of popped corn and mix 1 1/2 cups of beer nuts (or salted peanuts which is what I used). Melt 1 stick plus 2 tbsp butter and add 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 tsp salt and cook to 248 degrees. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda and toss with the popcorn. Then bake at 250 for 40 minutes, stirring a few times. Not a lot of work and it turned out nicely. It tastes great. The only caveat I would offer is to make sure you separate out all of the unpopped corn. I make mine in the microwave and always have some that doesn’t pop. It gets mixed into the caramel and is not nice to chew if you don’t get it all out before adding the caramel. Thumbs up on this one!
Sorry I’m so late in commenting Brette! Our house liked this too. It was great to have something quite easy and it tasted very good. I agree about checking to take out the un-popped corn. I did mine in a saucepan and then carefully sifted through it! It was a good pick though.
I’m glad you liked it. I’m going to make this again. I also think it would make a great item for a holiday food gift if you gave someone a big bag of it or maybe gave them some chocolate covered popcorn as well.