We went camping and frugal mommy that I am ;) I made a few ziploc gallon bags of popcorn to take for snacks. There was a full bag leftover, so I decided to make caramel corn. I found a tasty recipe for Caramel Popcorn on Alicia’s Recipes and decided to try it. Since this qualifies for the Cooking with Alicia & Annie blog event, I’ve entered it there as well!
The great part about this recipe is it comes together in only a few minutes since you make it in the microwave. Now I did not do the paper bag thing, simply because I didn’t have one handy. So instead I put the popped corn into a large roasting pan, then poured the caramel mixture over the top and quickly stirred. I dumped the mixture into a large bowl and microwaved it for one minute. Stirred it again and microwaved again one more minute. One last stir and I dumped it back into the roasting pan to cool. Worked like a charm and it tastes awesome!
Oh also, I didn’t have dark syrup just light so I used that, and I did half light brown and half dark brown sugar. Tasty!!
4 Quarts Hot air popcorn (16 cups)
1/4 Cup dark Karo syrup
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Pound Oleo (I used unsalted butter)
1 Cup Brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Baking soda
Put oleo, syrup, sugar, and salt in a microwave oven. Bring it to a full boil, then set the timer for 2 minutes and continute to boil. Take it out and quickly stir in baking soda. In the meantime, have the popped corn in a paper bag which has been rolled down from the top. Pour 1/3 of the syrup mixture into the bag of popcorn and shake bag H-A-R-D. Repeat twice – always shaking the bag VERY HARD each time. Unroll the bag and close the bag and shake it HARD again. Microwave it 1 1/2 minutes. Take out and shake HARD. Microwave another minute and shake HARD again. Pour the popcorn onto a cookie sheet and let it cool. Store in a large popcorn container.