Wednesday, October 14, 2009

and while the oven's still warm...


Homemade Caramel Corn.
YUMM!
Fall's not complete without it.

...and a simple recipe ('cause my mom said I should start including a recipe now and then.)

7 1/2 quarts popped corn
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup nuts (if desired).
In sauce pan, mix butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt, stirring occasionally. When mixture comes to a full boil cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over popcorn and stir. Bake in greased pan for 1 hour at 200 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool on wax paper or foil, then store in airtight containers. Enjoy.

11 comments:

Tania said...

I think our recipe is exactly the same except that mine also has you adding vanilla at the same time as the baking soda! I believe this is the BEST caramel corn and I am sure your kids devour yours just like mine do!!! (It is my mom's weakness so her 60th birthday would not be complete without it!!!!)

Stacy said...

I just made the same recipe last week (got mine from mother-in-law, who is an awesome baker). My recipe called for vanilla at the same time as the baking soda as well. Ours was gone in no time, I believe a day was all it lasted in our house!

jamie said...

okay...I'm pencil-ing in the vanilla on my recipe. Will try that next time. It's one I clipped out of the newspaper years ago, and LOVE it. Doesn't last long. I usually borrow my mom's huge roaster pan, and bake several batches at once, but today was just a single batch.
Thanks!

Beth said...

Okay...it's like your Mom read my mind on that one (recipe). I've been thinking about caramel corn since I read your post earlier today and was going to ask you for the recipe! Tell your Mom I said THANKS! Now...about how much vanilla are we talking about adding here???

I remember when my Mom used to make caramel corn in the microwave. She'd mix all the ingredients together and put it in a brown grocery bag and pop it right in the microwave. Then you just shake it really well and pour it into a pan to cool. I remember it being really good and easy clean-up, too! I may have to get that recipe from her...

I can't wait to make this for my (ahem) KIDS!

jamie said...

I'm gonna venture a guess and say a teaspoon or so. (can't be much.)

Beth, I vaguely remember my mom doing the same...in a paper bag in the microwave, but I thought I had it confused. Doesn't that sound like a sticky mess with the paper?! I'll have to ask her about that recipe...

thinking back, I believe my mom cooked (or at least tried) everything in the microwave...I can remember our first microwave oven...it was HUGE and she even cooked a whole turkey one year!! All that modern technology....too funny!

Beth said...

Hahaha! Our microwave was enormous, too. And my Dad always waited to get those "newfangled devices" until everyone else had one and the price would go down! That is TOO funny!

I think the trick to the paper bag would be to take it out immediately, give it a good shake, and pour it right on a baking sheet to cool before the caramel gets too hard. I always loved picking those remaining popcorn pieces out of the bag...extra gooey! And, I love the idea of how easy it would be to "clean up" by just throwing that sticky bag out in the trash!

Amy said...

Hey all, I have a recipe for the microwave carmel corn...it is awesome! It's not really a sticky mess because you pour it out of the bag immediately to cool in an airtight container. The best part is easy clean up...just throw the bag away! If anyone's interested, I'll dig up the recipe and share!

jamie said...

yes Amy...please share!!!

Beth said...

YES! I'd love to have it! Don't know if my Mom still has it in her recipe box or not...it might be hard to find it crammed in there with the million and one other recipes she has collected over the years!

Cindy said...

I was at the Women's retreat that Jamie prsented and have found your blog to be very inspirational! I was reading your blog and seen the carmel corn recipe and my house smells so good.. only 30 minutes to go. This is the recipe my mom had and I haven't had it in years.... I already had a couple sticky ones and can't wait for it to be done!! Thanks for your posts and everyones blogs. I also on a different weight loss journey and love to read everyone's ups and down, but you get right back on the wagon again!

Beth said...

I'm wondering how many batches of carmel corn this post has inspired... at least two at this house!!!