Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Baked Caramel Corn

I make Caramel Corn every year for Christmas. It is great for snacks! Use cellophane bags or festive tins and you have a great gift to give. This recipe is found in the 'Carillon Festive Food Recipes' cookbook.

Baked Caramel Corn
First of all I got out my trusty old popper and popped up some popcorn. You will need:
24 cups of popped corn
2 cups of shelled peanuts..I didn't have any in the house this time but usually do add them..next batch!!)
In a 2 qt saucepan melt:
1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
Bring to boil stirring constantly, turn heat down to med heat and boil 5 min without stirring.
Remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
This will bubble up..gradually pour over the popped corn, mixing well. Put in 2 large shallow pans, I have a large bakery size pan that fits my oven exactly so I use that.
Bake at 250 oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Break apart and store in airtight containers.

13 comments:

  1. I can do this! Beautiful gift idea too! Thank you.

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  2. This sounds like a good snack. I make poppycock and love it. The difference would be poppycock has peanut butter in it! I need to post my recipe for that!

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  3. Oh Betty...this looks sooooo good. AND...great shots girl! Lovely...what a great gift. Thanks for sharing...I have never made this but would love to...it does seem like something I might make a mess of though..you know me in the kitchen...too many pots !!!

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  4. this looks lile a tasty treat for the youth this weekend.... i think that i must try this ;-). you are as sweet as the popcorn betty.....only better for the heart and soul! ;-)

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  5. O groan. . .my weakness. . .don't even talk about it. . .with peanuts. . .oh groan.
    The pictures are too good. . .it looks just . . .oh I can taste it. .

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  6. My favorite treat as a child was the Cracker Jack corn we used to get in boxes and I always loved the one with peanuts.
    Now here is the the recipe! I will make some for Christmas-I'm sure fresh is much better than the boxes! Thanks, Betty!

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  7. Delish! Thanks for the great recipe!

    LaTeaDah

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  8. It looks like 'cracker jacks' to me...which I can never resist! And if they are homemade in Betty's kitchen...you can be sure you will actually find some peanuts in there as well (unlike the last bag of cracker jacks I had!).

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  9. This looks great and makes me want some NOW!!!. Makes me want to lick the monitor lol..This is a must at our house this Christmas..

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  10. I've been craving caramel corn. Thanks for a new recipe. I will try it out. Kathy

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  11. Alright, now I NEED to buy some more popcorn! Your caramel corn looks fantastic, Betty! I love homemade caramel corn. But I've never had luck adding peanuts...they always end up sinking to the bottom of the bowl.

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  12. I made this for snack at a meeting and it was a hit! Had requests for the recipe and I eagerly shared! Making more today to give as gifts.

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  13. Thank you for commenting, Pat! I just made a batch of caramel corn today.

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