Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Caramel Corn

Do you make caramel corn only at Christmas time?  I happen to love it any time and made a batch for watching the Oscar's the other night.  I had told my sister that I was planning on making some and she sent me this caramel corn scented candle that is pictured.  I really have to limit myself to a small serving, otherwise I could get carried away!

The recipe comes from King Arthur Flour's website and it is wonderful:

5 cups popped corn (1/2 cup kernels, unpopped)
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1) Preheat your oven to 200°F and line a half-sheet pan (18" x 13" pan) with parchment paper. Pour the popped corn into a large bowl, at least 6 quarts, and set aside.

2) In a large saucepan over medium-high heat cook the molasses, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Stirring occasionally, boil the syrup for 5 minutes. The syrup will darken slightly.

3) Remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda. Stir well as the mixture turns foamy.

4) Immediately (and carefully) pour the hot syrup over the popped corn and stir until the corn is well coated. 

5) Spread the hot caramel corn into the parchment-lined pan. Bake at 200°F for one hour. Stir the corn every 15 minutes during this time. 

6) Remove from the oven. This caramel corn is a warm, sticky, sweet and crunchy treat straight from the oven. It can also be cooled and stored airtight for several days. This recipe doubles and triples very well. 

NOTE:  I sometimes add peanuts to the popped corn before pouring on the hot syrup and then it tastes like Cracker Jack's! 

I am sharing this with: 

Make It Pretty Monday
Share Your Cup
Foodie Friday
Full Plate
Seasonal Sundays
Weekend Potluck



29 comments:

  1. I love popcorn! I have to eat mine plain....but I can drool over yours, can't I? Looks yummy! Hugs, Diane

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  2. Yum! I love the addition of molasses! I'd make a... well, Earl of myself with this around:@)

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  3. Aren't we funny that we only make some of our yummiest treats one time a year. This looks wonderful. I like the caramel corn that is baked so it isn't so sticky. I love your presentation too.

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  4. I would love this! It is one of those things I can't quit eating once I start! I love the candle and the pretty photo you shared.

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  5. I have to try it, sounds wonderful. I always use King Arthur flour, the best, but guess I missed that recipe. Kind of a strange recipe to put on flour, isn't it? :)

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  6. Popcorn is my go to snack for dieting, so no caramel on mine but it sure looks yummy.

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  7. I so have to try this, thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday

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  8. Baking soda??!?!! Really?!?!? That part kind of threw me, but OK...I'll try it. I love caramel corn, and if I can make it at home rather than paying big bucks for it, that will be a good thing...until the springs on the scale bust out!!! :-)

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  9. Just call me Cracker Jack because I love caramel popcorn any time of the year. Believe it or not, this is the second popcorn recipe I have seen in as many days in my ventures around blog land. Now, I have a hankering. My daughter will be home this weekend and part of next week so I think some caramel would be just the ticket.

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  10. Seeing your caramel corn i am tempted to eat it

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  11. That sounds SO good. I should make some when my grandson comes over! I like your photo, Kitty. The caramel corn looks cool in the newspaper cone.
    Hugs, Beth

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  12. Kitty, did you really mean an 18 x 13 pan? I've never heard of such a pan size. I have a jelly roll pan but I think it is 15 x 9.

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  13. I saw this on Pinterest yesterday, thought it was from an older post. Folks don't waste time pinning the good stuff. lol. xo

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  14. Hello Kitty! I thought it was time for a visit :-)
    Your caramel corn sounds delightful! I am a sucker when it comes to that, even though it does not agree with me. I have a recipe very similar to your, except I use Chester's buttered corn puffs, to dye for! I believe I need to send you a care package with some in it. :-)
    I love the way you displayed your corn. Cleaver!
    Much love to you my sweet friend.

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  15. Oh Kitty, yummy. I used to make carmel corn for my girls when they were little using a micro wave recipe. It was my SIL's recipe and the kids always thought it was fun to make.

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  16. Oh your caramel corn sounds wonderful Kitty! I would love the addition of peanuts for a little salty with the sweet :)

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  17. Oh my this does look so good. I love popcorn & I love caramel :)

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  18. We used to enjoy an all molasses coating on our popcorn....mmmmm so good!

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  19. That sounds and looks like a wonderful treat.

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  20. Kitty, I can't allow myself to have caramel corn in the house. I'm not disciplined. '-)
    If I had the candle, I'd be craving caramel.

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  21. Looks so delicious and what a pretty presentation.

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  22. This looks so good ~ I want some right now. It's rather late for me, almost 10 pm so it your recipe will have to wait until tomorrow, but I will dream about it tonight!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  23. this looks really delicious, and I love the newspaper cone. I didn't watch the Oscars; just the pre-Oscars so I could see the dresses!

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  24. Hi Kitty,
    That Caramel Corn looks so good, and I am like you it's good the year around. Thank you so much for coming to the party today and sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. Hi Kitty. Sounds scrumptious and I've added the recipe to my stash. Only time I get caramel corn is during the Christmas holiday when the big kettle is at the fairgrounds during the annual craft show here. So good..Happy Monday..Judy

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  27. Oh, yum! Thanks for bringing your creativity to Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  28. Love me some pop corn any way you do it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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