The first time I made this popcorn was about a month ago when Mike and I took our mini vaca to Detroit to see Regina Spektor. I thought it'd be a nice snack on the road and our hotel room, which it proved to be. It was gone far too quickly though, and I found myself craving more.
I whipped up another batch a few days ago, and somehow we still have some left! Glad I was able to snag a few photos before it got annihilated. It's a really easy recipe, and it's tastes so good! I was surprised when I took my fist bite, amazed that I made actual caramel corn! I made the popcorn using this method I blogged about, then followed the recipe from Make the Bread Buy the Butter. This is a really cool recipe book mixed with stories from a lady who goes a year making everything from scratch, and then tells you if it's worth it to make or buy it hassle-wise, and money-wise.
2 1/2 quarts popcorn, freshly popped
2 cups skinned, salted, roasted peanuts (I skipped these)
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup dark corn syrup (I used light, because that's what I had and it worked fine)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. In a wide pan with high sides, such as a turkey roaster, combine the popcorn and half the peanuts.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil for 5 minutes. No need to stir. Remove from the heat and mix in the vanilla and baking soda.
4. While the glaze is still very hot, pour most of it over the popcorn and peanuts, tossing with a buttered spoon until well combined. Add the rest of the peanuts, then the rest of the sauce, and toss.
5. Put the roasting pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Cool. Break apart any big clumps. Store at room temperature in a tin or large resealable plastic bag.
I found that when you take it out of the oven, some of the caramel that had stared to harden when pouring over the popcorn is really running once again. I spread my popcorn out on some parchment paper on the counter to cool it quickly, and was able to scoop up that runny caramel off the bottom of the pan, and drizzle it over the popcorn. It dries very quickly, so work fast! and enjoy. :)
What's everyone doing on this beautiful Monday? I'm going to work here in a bit, after I finish my coffee and make myself presentable.