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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Caramel Popcorn

Phillip has always loved Caramel Popcorn.  Since we were newlyweds, I have bought boxes of Fiddle Faddle for him.  I have a wonderful memory of us going to Tannehill State Park near Birmingham.  The weather was cold and we were there with my bestest friend, George Ann, and her husband, Merrell.  There was a vendor popping popcorn over a hot fire and making Kettle Corn.  It was my first taste of Kettle Corn and I know now why it's so popular.  It was warm, sweet, and delicious.  Now you can make your own caramel corn at home.  This sweet treat will bring a smile to your tummy.

                                                   Caramel Popcorn

Pam Spray
A large bowl of popped popcorn
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the oven rack near the center of the oven and set the temperature to 275 degrees.

Spray the bottom of the roasting pan with Pam Spray.

Put the popcorn in a large roasting pan.

Melt the margarine in a large saucepan at medium heat. 

Stir the brown sugar and corn syrup with the margarine until it boils.

Turn the heat to low and continue cooking and stirring for five minutes.  Turn the heat off and take the saucepan off the burner.

Stir in the baking soda and vanilla.  Then pour the entire mixture over the popcorn.

Place the popcorn pan in the oven and cook for 30 min.  Stir the mixture every 10 min.

Carefully transfer the popcorn from the roasting pan to a big bowl and let it cool completely. 

Break the popcorn up with a knife.

Store in an airtight container.

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