Jan 16, 2013

Recipe {Golden Caramel Corn}

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids, Recipes

With the Golden Globes now behind us and the Oscars around the corner, it seems everyone is running to the theater to see the latest blockbusters. What’s a movie without popcorn?  This Saturday is National Popcorn Day so we thought we’d share our Golden Caramel Corn recipe from Sweet Designs, just in case you are feeling like you want to elevate the salty little kernel. This recipe works great for a Superbowl party, every day snack, and would be perfect for a Golden Glam Oscar party treat. Enjoy!


Makes about 4 popcorn cups

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. In a large saucepan combine oil and 4 popcorn kernels, cover, and cook over medium-high heat until 2 or 3 kernels pop.  Add the remaining kernels and cook, shaking pan, until the kernels stop popping, about 4 minutes. Transfer popcorn to larger bowl to cook.
2. Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray.  Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add brown sugar and corn syrup and heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 300 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer, about 8 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and stir in salt, vanilla extract, and baking soda.  Add popcorn and quickly stir to coat.  Immediately spread onto baking sheets.  When completely cool, separate popcorn into pieces.
4. Divide the popcorn equally among assembled cups.


Copyright Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, Hyperion Books 2012
Photography by Johnny Miller.
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