Friday, October 31, 2014

All Recipes Caramel Corn Review

This recipe for  Caramel Corn from All Recipes has been my go to recipe for years now. 
I thought I would give you some quick tips I have discovered over time, which make it easier.  

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Caramel Corn makes a great gift too.  My family begs for their share at Christmas.
Before we begin....
How do you pronounce Caramel?  
Being from Texas, I say it differently than my New England Yankee best friend.  
She always gets a kick out of my (mis)pronunciation.  

The first thing you should know, this stuff is 
Make it and promptly give it all away.  
~Put it in individual bags and sell it at a bake sale!~  
~Give it to a skinny friend with a fast metabolism.~ 
~Put it in pretty vintage tins and give as gifts.~ 

You have been warned!!!! 

I wish I knew how to load a PDF file of my Caramel Corn Recipe.  The one below is the best I can do. :)

Caramel Corn Recipe
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Brown Sugar 
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
5 Quarts Popped Popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

*I like to use a Hot Air Popper for my popcorn.  I think it's healthier this way but I can also control my portions, making as much or as little as I want.  For this recipe, you'll need 5 quarts POPPED Popcorn, not 5 quarts of unpopped kernels (are we clear??).  I just throw 5 full Pyrex 1-Quart scoops in without exact measuring.  I fill it up and dump it into my larger roaster. 

I make a ton of popcorn.  5 Quarts. 
*I keep my popcorn in the freezer, because I heard it kept better and popped better this way.  Is this rumor true?  I think I'm going to buy this popcorn next time too.  I like Bob's Red Mill
products and this got rave reviews.  

This photo is unnecessary, but I thought the dogs in the background waiting for spilled popcorn were funny.  

*The recipe calls for 1 Cup of butter.  If you use Salted Butter, you'll have a saltier caramel corn and it will resemble a "salted caramel" flavor.  

All the healthy ingredients you will need.  :)

*It calls for brown sugar.  I prefer light brown sugar myself.  If you use Dark Brown Sugar, you will achieve a richer "Cracker Jack" flavor.  Both sugars taste good, I just like the lighter brown sugar version better.  It's up to you.  Why not make 2 different batches and taste test?

Light brown sugar makes a lighter caramel.  Dark brown sugar makes a richer flavored one. 

*I always add extra vanilla.  Because I love vanilla.  

*Be sure to butter all your pans and utensils or use Pam.  Your tools will get sticky with the hot caramel.  It makes tossing easier.  

Obligatory photo of boiling caramel in a sauce pan.  :)

*When you first pour the caramel over your corn, you'll be disappointed that not Every. Single. Piece. of Popcorn isn't coated with your caramel. Don't worry about that.  In the baking process, it some how manages to melt and spread itself around.  All will be well in the end.  I promise.  Just keep GENTLY tossing it every 15 minutes as the recipe above directs. 

Pour your caramel over the popcorn and gently toss with a buttered fork or tongs.  
*When working with hot sugar, I like having an extra set of hands.  1 person can do the job, but I always like it when a family member pours the liquid while I toss and coat the popcorn with the boiling caramel...using a buttered utensil.  

*I like to use 2 pans for baking, rather than 1 deep one.  It bakes the caramel corn evenly.      

*TOSS your caramel with tongs, or gently FOLD it in, like you would fold egg whites into batter.  Don't be rough with your batch because your popcorn will break into a billion tiny pieces.  

Give me something good to eat.  My nephews beg for their own private stash of caramel corn
Caramel Corn holds up well in a care package too.

Package it up individually for friends or for a fall bake sale.  Everyone loves it.  

What's your favorite Fall treat?  
Share with me in the comments below.  

Thank you for stopping by.  
Be blessed and be a blessing!
Choose Joy. 

"Mom.  This is not caramel corn. I'm hurt. Deeply hurt." 

"The season for enjoying the fullness of life ~ 
partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, 
and reinvesting the saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth." 


April Dunlap said...

This looks delish. Poor Pooh! Give that kitty some popcorn! Ours loves corn chips. Cats are weird. :)

Walking on Sunshine said...

Looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. I'm sharing this later on my FB page!

Jackie said...

Glad to see Charrlie and Olivia were allowed to help. Making this shortly! So good!

Crochet Hooks said...

What a tasty looking recipe! I love carmel corn, can't wait to try it out. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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