I LOVE Caramel popcorn and decided to try making it for the first time with Emily. This is also the first time that Emily has had popcorn so she was really excited to help make it and enjoyed trying it. She liked watching it pop, but said the plain popcorn was to dry. Caramel coated popcorn on the other hand was delicious and she probably would have eaten it all if we let her!
I changed the recipe a little so here is how we made ours:
First, I preheated the oven to 250 degrees. Then we made the popcorn.
First Emily put 1/2 a cup of popping corn into our hot air popcorn maker.
I turned it on and Juliette and Daddy came in to watch!
Next, Emily and I made the caramel. First we melted 1/4 of a cup of butter (half a stick) in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Then we stirred in 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of corn syrup and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. We brought it to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Emily liked this part because it got all bubbly. I always get nervous that I am going to burn it so I can’t wait for this part to be over!
Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
Finally, place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.
We really enjoyed this popcorn, what is your favorite way to eat fresh popped popcorn?