Saturday, May 29, 2010

Caramel Popcorn {the best recipe ever}

I'm reposting yet another recipe. This time for something sweet! My Aunt Lesley's caramel popcorn. Yes, my aunt and I have the same name and spelling... she married into our family, so it was just a coincidence... and it's really confusing whenever they come to visit :) She's an amazing cook and shared this easy recipe to me. I haven't made it in a while, but after trying it again I think it will be hard not to make a batch a week. Or twice a week.

Instead of hand-shaping the popcorn balls, I cheated a little bit. I poured the hot popcorn onto a cookie sheet for a few minutes, and once it cooled enough for me to touch it I scooped the popcorn into muffin pans (both standard and mini sizes) and they did the work for me. I'm definitely doing it this way from now on.


3-4 batches of popcorn (air popper), or 3 bags of microwave popcorn
1 stick of butter
1 Cup Light Karo Syrup
1 can sweet and condensed milk
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

butter, corn syrup, sweet & condensed milk, and sugar. Bring to a soft ball stage (boil about 5 minutes). Remove from head and add vanilla.

Pour caramel over popcorn and stir thoroughly. Spread onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper and allow to cool.

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