I’ve been craving this a lot lately, and one batch just never lasts long in our house. So many fall and holiday memories of my mother are wrapped around this caramel popcorn, and I think that’s why I usually start to long for it in October. A little time consuming, but oh so worth it… and it also makes a killer holiday gift if packaged nicely and you put a few add in’s to it- see below.
Today, it’s a “Betty” Classic- Caramel Popcorn
12 cups of air popped white popcorn (yes, it really is better if it’s air popped- you can get an air popper for like $10- just go for it… you’ll be so happy you did)
2 sticks of butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light karo corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
Pop your popcorn, and melt your butter…once the butter melts, add the brown sugar and corn syrup and stir over medium- let boil for 5 minutes, then add in the corn syrup, stirring constantly for 5 minutes more.
Pour over the popcorn and stir. Turn onto a baking dish and bake @ 200 degrees for an hour, stirring and “flipping” every 15 minutes. Cool on wax paper and store in an air tight container.
Make as above, but add in honey roasted peanuts, cashews, pecans, or dried cranberries.
Drizzle with white chocolate.
OR- add in M&M’s and drizzle with chocolate.
The possibilities are endless, and it looks really nice in a mason jar, holiday cookie tin, or fancied up cello bag. – I usually attach the recipe on a cute little card.
Make several batches- it goes quick.