Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Caramel Corn for Holiday Gifting



A simple and inexpensive treat to make for holiday giving - Caramel Corn! It doesn't take long to make and you may already have the ingredients in your pantry. I love nuts so I added lots of pecans halves and whole almonds to mine. Please be warned - this stuff is delicious and very addictive so be sure to make enough for yourself too! I found myself grabbing a handful every time I walked past the pan while it was cooling.


Be sure to use a large enough pan to accommodate all the popcorn to make stirring easier. I used my turkey roasting pan.


If you want to be really decadent, melt some dark chocolate and drizzle it over the top of the finished Caramel Corn - oh my!


Caramel Popcorn

Adapted from AllRecipes
Printable Recipe

Ready In: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn
2 cups nuts, such as peanuts, pecans, etc. (optional)

Melted Chocolate for Drizzling (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C).

Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrups 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.

Place in two large shallow baking dishes (I used a large turkey roasting pan) and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

8 comments:

  1. As Jain says, ding ding ding - you're on fg! and it looks deliciously decadent! and very pretty in the jar!

    I'm sad no more Santa's! Can we see the whole tree?

    Wishing you and your family, Susan, the Merriest Christmas!

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  2. None of my posts from the office show:(

    Totally festive! And as Carol said..As I loaded my blog to get to yours(I love my links:) ) I saw you at FG! Bright and merry!

    Your santas are just over the top!
    How many? All cute and all related:)

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  3. The caramel corn looks wonderful and with two kinds of nuts especially mouth watering to me!

    I loved the visits from all your Santas here! They are all so beautiful and it looks like Santa is all packed for his after Christmas trip to someplace warm :-)

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  4. Fabulous looking caramel corn, Susan. It certainly sounds addictive.

    I HAVE enjoyed your Santa installments. ... such a beautiful LARGE collection of ornaments.

    Red, red, and more red .... you can't get more festive and bright than that.!

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  5. your shots are all fantastic and i will be making this soon! i love this too much for my own good... the santas have been such a treat to see, i adore the deer santa... i don't want the fun to stop! have a very merry xmas susan, its been a fun year getting to know you, but blogging has let everyone shine!

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  6. Susan, I'm late getting here, but glad I made it. The popcorn looks awesome! Great pics! I've loved seeing all your Santas.

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  7. Your ornaments are lovely.

    I've been meaning to try making caramel corn! Thanks for reminding me I still haven't given it a try.

    Happy 2009!
    ~ingrid

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