Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn
A perfect gift for a friend; homemade caramel corn with a touch of molasses.
15 min.prep time
24 cups popped popcorn
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark molasses
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup salted peanuts
Heat oven to 250°F. Place popcorn in large roasting pan; set aside.
Combine brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt and molasses in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (8 to 12 minutes). Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 238°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball (2 to 6 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.
Pour over popcorn; sprinkle peanuts over caramel mixture. Stir until all popcorn is coated. Bake for 20 minutes; stir. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately place caramel corn on waxed paper; cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in tightly covered container.
Nutrition Facts (1 cup)
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Recipe #6379©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.