Homemade Caramel Popcorn

I want gooey, I want sticky, I want sweet …Yep, know just the thing! Homemade Caramel Goodness. Okay, it’s Caramel Popcorn but it’s REALLY GOOD!

We were given a bottle of homegrown popcorn kernels a while back by my hubs’ aunt. It was this gorgeous array of colors in a cute little package. The real deal! I was pretty excited to finally pop my own popcorn from scratch instead of tossing a bag of it in the microwave along with the added preservatives. Why eat them if you don’t need to, right? This recipe is so simple for the plain popcorn alone that I may never go back to microwave bags again. No offense, Orville, but my stuff is the ‘pop’ diggity! 🙂

The Caramel Corn part of it is super easy too. Maybe too easy…it makes me want to whip up a batch of it way too often. My girls are asking for it daily. I guess that’s a good sign on just how yummy it is but my hips and such aren’t getting any smaller by eating MORE butter and sugar. A girl’s gotta have her happy treats though. 😉 Let’s get down to business here so you can make your own caramel goodness. First I’ll fill you in on how to make some pretty darn good plain ol’ popcorn.

Homemade Popcorn

Ingredients:

½ Cup Popping Corn
¾ tsp. Salt
3 Tbs. Oil (Vegetable or Canola works well, coconut tastes best)
4 Tbs. Melted Butter
Popcorn Salt or other popcorn flavorings if desired

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.

2. Place cover on saucepan but leave cracked for steam to escape.

3. As saucepan heats up, you will hear the first kernels start to pop. Shake the saucepan two or three times to keep the kernels and popcorn mixed around.

4. Once the popping has almost come to a stop, the popcorn is done.

5. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully remove lid as some kernels may continue to pop.

6. Pour melted butter over popcorn and/or add other popcorn flavorings if desired.

Time: approx. 15-20 minutes

Makes: approx. 10-12 cups

Now, if you’re looking for that sweet treat, here’s how to make the caramel goodness I’ve been talking about.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

This is a soft and gooey caramel popcorn that you just can’t get enough of!

Ingredients:

10-12 Cups Popcorn
1 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
½ Cup Butter
½ tsp. Baking Soda

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, light corn syrup, and butter. Allow to melt together and cook over medium heat.

2. When it comes to a boil, allow to boil for one minute.

3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. The caramel will become foamy after adding the baking soda and may expand momentarily so use a watchful eye that it doesn’t overflow the sides of your saucepan.

4. Pour over popcorn immediately and stir to combine.

Time: approx. 15-20 minutes

Makes: approx. 10-12 cups

Really wanna get crazy? Try adding some chocolate chips or M&M’s to your caramel corn when it’s cooled. Even coconut! I know! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, guess which one I tried adding…and came up with this:

Candybar Popcorn=Gooey, sticky, sweet AND chocolatey! All requirements have been met for this round of cravings!


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