HOMEMADE CARAMEL POPCORN
With a rich homemade caramel sauce drizzled over fresh popcorn, this caramel corn is sure to bring back childhood memories of carnivals and fairs!
‣ 8 cups popped popcorn ‣ 1 cup unsalted butter ‣ 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed ‣ 1/3 cup light corn syrup ‣ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ‣ 1 teaspoon salt ‣ 1 teaspoon baking soda ‣ 1 cup peanuts, flavor of your choice (optional)
In a medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Cook and whisk until butter is melted and sugar has dissolved.
START THE SAUCE
Quickly add vanilla, salt, and baking soda to the saucepan, then continue to whisk. The sauce will get a thick, fluffy texture and turn a much lighter shade of caramel. Once sauce is ready, remove the pan from heat.
THICKEN IT UP
Add popcorn to a baking sheet. Pour the caramel sauce on top of the popcorn and use a spatula to toss and coat the popcorn. Be sure to work quickly so the sauce doesn’t cool and harden too early.
COAT THE POPCORN
Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes, then transfer to wax paper. If desired, sprinkle peanuts on top and toss to mix. Let caramel popcorn cool completely before eating.
BAKE AND FINISH