December 18, 2009

Caramel Corn


This is one of those things I make every year to give away to special people. 
Those little clear cello bags are perfect for filling and tying with a pretty ribbon. 
I have yet to meet someone who doesn't (secretly or otherwise) want some of this!
Is it healthy ~ NO!! BUT...is it yummy?? Oh dear me! 
I dare you to make some and not keep just a little for yourself. :)

Caramel Corn

**From "Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook" ~ Tenth edition

8 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup unpopped)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbsp golden corn syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla

Remove all unpopped kernels from the popped corn. 
Place popcorn in a large buttered stainless steel bowl.

In a medium sized heavy saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. 
Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot (do not allow it to touch the bottom of the pan,
but make sure it is immersed in the liquid). 
Cook and stir over medium heat until the thermometer reads 255* F. 
This will take about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. 
DO NOT FORGET this step or it will not turn out!! (I speak from experience). 
Pour over popcorn and stir gently to coat.

Bake in 300 degree oven for 15 minutes ~ stir and return to oven for 5 more minutes. 
Turn popcorn out onto large pieces of foil and cool completely. 
Break into clusters and store tightly covered.

Makes about 9 cups.

**I usually add 1 1/2 cups of cashews to this...
it makes it extra special and gift worthy! 
You would add the nuts to the popcorn before the caramel mixture is mixed in.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Many Blessings, Camille

8 comments:

J said...

mmmm! yummy! we LOVE some caramel corn around here!

Christa said...

Delicious! What a wonderful gift to receive. :) I think we will give this recipe a try.
I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season with your family.

Rest in Him,

Christa

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Very nice. I do biscotti for all the parents. It is a nice gift to give to the people have everything! Your gift baskets are lovely!

Linda Stubbs said...

Mmmmmm this looks so nummy! Thank you for putting it up.

Are you ready for CHRISTmas? I am getting there. Can't wait for everyone to be home.

Well I am off to bed. Just wanted to say hi........

Love and Merry CHRISTmas!
Linda

Camille said...

J ~ Oh dear me...it's too good so I wrap it up quick so I'm not tempted! :)

Christa ~ Let me know what you think...so easy, but so delicious! I tend to make a double batch and it turns out great...when I made just one recipe it got a little "over cooked" in my opinion...just a thought. BUT if you make a double batch you might want to have some little bags handy to avoid eating it all...trust me...it will happen! :)

We are enjoying the season...it's extra busy this year though. We drove 3 1/2 hours tonight to do a round trip visit with relatives...which explains the lateness of the hour. :)

Stacie ~ Oh...I know about the giving to those that don't need anything...that's what is so nice about homemade things...they really are full of love. Mmmm...I enjoy biscotti...I'm sure your parents are glad you do it for them! :)

Linda ~ So glad you stopped by! Oh...I am sure your CHRISTmas will be lovely! Enjoy every minute of it! We are ready...it's just the day by day things that need doing. Lots of company is coming our way...but none of them are staying overnight...so that does simplify it! :)

May the Lord bless you all as you remember HIM!

With Love,
Camille

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Who doesn't like caramel corn? Caramel corn is my weakness. My sis always makes me a batch when I visit her. She knows how to corrupt me, LOL!

Camille said...

Dear Jackie ~ That is too funny! I think of you whenever I post something of a questionable nature in the nutritional department...LOL!! Enjoy your caramel corn this CHRISTmas!! :)

Love,
Camille

Nikki said...

Yummy!!! Can't wait to try this as a treat for the children.