I'm a little late this week getting my post up for The 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. But here it is. Not a cookie but a sweet snack worthy for any Christmas tray or Christmas food gift.
I just love, love, love caramel corn. Much of my childhood was growing up in Ocean City, MD and one of my favorite childhood memories is eating Fisher's Popcorn from the boardwalk. Making your own caramel popcorn at home is easy. Your family and friends would love to get a container of this classic favorite. I guarantee they will ask for more.
Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook
7 to 8 cups popped popcorn
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Put popped popcorn into a 17x12x2 inch baking pan. (such as a large rimmed cookie sheet)
2. To make caramel mixture, in a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, without stirring, for 5 minutes more.
3. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn; stir gently to coat. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes. Stir mixture and bake 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store tightly covered for 1 week.
Make a foodie gift: package your popcorn in a Christmas themed box or container. They may just return it for a refill.
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My husband decided to sneak a few pieces as I was trying to take my photos. He has a huge sweet tooth and is really benefiting from all my baking.
Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: I used about 1 and a half bags of popped microwave popcorn. Use any type of popcorn you like to make.