Recipe by Lennie
When I used to regularly do Christmas craft shows, I always sold this packaged up in Christmas tins; it was a big seller for me. My SIL always hoped it wouldn't sell well, though, so she could eat what didn't sell! Based on a Bonnie Stern recipe.
Top Review by kaurorac
This recipe is EXCELLENT! It was very easy and does it ever taste good! I made it twice, the first time forgetting about the baking soda and vanilla and it STILL turned out. The second time I didn't forget those two ingredients but also added a smidgen of salt. You gotta try this one!! Instead of the two minute marker, I measured with a candy thermometer to 250 and then dumped the caramel onto the popcorn. This is also easy to double - I used a turkey roasting pan in place of the jellyroll pan and turned my warm caramel corn onto a Silpat to cool.
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup corn syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 8 cups popped popcorn (1/3 cup unpopped)
Directions See How It's Made
- When I make this recipe, it's the only time I haul out my hot-air popcorn popper; use 1/3 cup popcorn to achieve the 8 cups of popped corn.
- Preheat oven to 275F; have ready a jelly roll pan.
- Place popped corn in a very large bowl.
- In a large, heavy saucepan over high heat, combine the sugar, butter and corn syrup and bring to a boil; let boil for two minutes, stirring continuously.
- Remove from heat.
- Note that it is IMPORTANT to use a large saucepan, as this mixture will bubble up.
- Add baking soda and vanilla to sugar mixture and combine well.
- Pour this mixture over popped corn and combine, then spread mixture out onto jelly roll pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring well every 10 minutes.
- Let cool before eating.