Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Perfect Caramel Corn

Today I am going to share a recipe with you that is so effortless and wonderful that it would just be cruel not to share it with you.  I'm talking about a caramel corn recipe that doesn't even involve you turning on your oven OR stove.  A gourmet tasting recipe that is completely made in the microwave?  I'll take it!

That little hand couldn't resist sneaking in the picture to grab a sweet treat!
This recipe comes from a family friend who is as effortlessly perfect as this recipe.  This caramel corn is crunchy and tasty in all the right ways.  Whenever I have made caramel corn before it ends up being sticky and forming huge clumps that are impossible to break apart.  Not this one, this one has every piece of popcorn coated in a perfect, crunchy shell of caramel.  It's perfect for gifts or just munching on by the handful.  

Ready to get started?

Perfect Caramel Corn

3 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Dump the popcorn in a large paper grocery bag.  

Combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture has been bubbling rapidly for at least 2 minutes.  Remove from microwave and rapidly stir in the baking soda.  

Pour the caramel into the popcorn in 2-3 batches, shaking and stirring the popcorn between each.  After all the caramel is in the popcorn and the popcorn is well coated, fold the bag down.  Microwave for 1.5 minutes.  Remove from microwave with pot holders and open bag. Stir well.  Return to the microwave for another 1.5 minutes.  Remove with pot holders, stir again.  Pour contents of the bag onto cookie sheets and spread out to cool.  After the popcorn is cooled, break it up in small pieces and place in a air tight container for storage.


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