Chunky Caramel Popcorn

Chunky Caramel Popcorn
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37 Reviews
Caramel popcorn is all dressed up with nuts and drizzled with chocolate in this yummy snack recipe.
20 min
Prep Time
1:50
Total Time
38 servings

Ingredients

Caramel Popcorn

12 cups
popped popcorn
1 (9.75-ounce) can (2 cups)
whole cashews
1 (5-ounce) bag (1 1/2 cups)
pecan halves
1 cup
firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup
light corn syrup
1 teaspoon
baking soda

Drizzle

1 cup
dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons
shortening
1/2 cup
white baking chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 250°F.
  2. Place popcorn, cashews and pecans in large roasting pan.
  3. Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 7-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.
  4. Pour butter mixture over popcorn mixture in pan; stir well. Bake 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven; place onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Cool completely. (Do Not Break Into Pieces.)
  5. Place chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening into resealable plastic food bag. Microwave 30-45 seconds; knead bag. Continue microwaving at 15 second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn mixture. Repeat with white baking chips and remaining 1/2 teaspoon shortening, microwaving on MEDIUM-HIGH (70% power). Drizzle over popcorn mixture. Let stand 3-4 hours or until chocolate is set. Break popcorn mixture into pieces.
  6. Store in container with tight-fitting lid or resealable plastic food bag.

Recipe Tips

- Chocolate and white baking chips can be melted separately with shortening in a small bowl in microwave or in small saucepan over low heat until melted. Drizzle chocolate mixtures with fork or spoon.

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Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
180
Cholesterol
10mg
Carbohydrates
18g
Protein
2g
Fat
12g
Sodium
115mg
Dietary Fiber
1g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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It looks good

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I've been making this recipe for years. It is my husband's absolute favorite. It turns out perfect every time!

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when any part of a shared recipe does not work as it should, and OTHERS have the same bad experience, then its a poor recipe. I followed this to the letter and I have been cooking for 40 years and i do know my way around the kitchen. the chocolate does not melt as the recipe calls for and others had the same issue. In addition, heating plastic is a horrible health idea. For these reasons, I gave it only one star. the recipe should perform as written.

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Solve the drizzling problem - melt the chocolate in a glass measuring cup, then just pour/drizzle over the popcorn.

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When I made this recipe for the holidays I found that the chocolate was a little thick. If necessary, you can add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon more vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate so it thins slightly.

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I just could't "Drizzle" the chocolate over the popcorn. tried several different ways. the bag way didn't work, cause I melted the bag. The chocolate just "glopped"on the top and looked like....well I won't say.

Test Kitchen Comment
From: cindy
When I made this recipe for the holidays I found that the chocolate was a little thick. If necessary, you can add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon more vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate so it thins slightly.
Posted November 03, 2014

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This recipe is the BOMB!! My family and friends love this stuff like they never had popcorn before. I did however forget to use the shortening and just used really good white and regular chocolate to drizzle over the popcorn and one thing that I found is that you should keep this in the refrig and keep it cold., especially when you put it on the wax paper, you have to put it in the refrig otherwise the chocolate and carmel never sets.

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I made this popcorn this past weekend, and had a few problems with the recipe. My pecans burned. I think next time I'll lower the temperature to 225F. I too have problems with the chocolate sticking to my fingers. I solved that problem by putting the popcorn in the refrigerator and that did the trick. I bagged it up for gifts the next day and no sticky mess. Even at room temperature the chocolate didn't soften up. I got many compliments and will give it another try this weekend with the reduced oven temperature and semi sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet.

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Does anyone know how long this will keep when stored in the airtight container? For other reviewers who have asked, I've used microwave popcorn and popped my own. I prefer the microwave. Saves time and fluffier popcorn.

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I made this and put it in tins for Christmas last year and it was a big hit, so I am trading in making a bunch of candy and doing this again this year. I will omit the nuts and it is important to use GOOD chips, such as ghiardelli. Yummmy!!!

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I tried this and it was great!!! My family & friends asked for more, so I made more. We had a fund raiser "bake sale" at work and it was one of the first items to sell out. Everyone is asking for the recipe. It is an easy and very rewarding recipe. Love Land O Lakes butter.

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When we tested the recipe we purchased the popcorn already popped in bags in the snacks and chips section in the supermarket. But, you can kuse popcorn you pop equally as well. If I do that i typically use white popcorn since that popcorn does not have as tough a hull as the yellow variety.

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Very good...the key to making the ziploc bag trick work is to get the chips mellted really good to make them like liquid in the bag and make sure to cut the corner really small...and I used freezer bags...worked great

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Whats the best popcorn to use?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: Cindy
When we tested the recipe we purchased the popcorn already popped in bags in the snacks and chips section in the supermarket. But, you can kuse popcorn you pop equally as well. If I do that i typically use white popcorn since that popcorn does not have as tough a hull as the yellow variety.
Posted December 31, 2012

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Yes, once the popcorn has cooled you can put it in a large resealable plastic food bag.

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are you able to freeze this recipe?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: Cindy
Yes, once the popcorn has cooled you can put it in a large resealable plastic food bag.
Posted December 15, 2012

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It was easy. It tasted great. My family loved it. What else matters???

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I just found second page of this recipe and had actually forgotten about it. I'm so glad I found that second page and once again, the recipe. It is to die for! I used milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. It is highly addictive. Thanks for the excellence!

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10 STARS!! Added a bunch of cool stuff like pretzels and M&M's. Easy and awesome!!!!

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This was absolutely incredible, and . . . WARNING! It's highly addictive. :-) Like a lot of others, I didn't drizzle the chocolate on, as I was afraid the recipe would be too sticky. It was so good, I can't imagine it being any better if I'd used the chocolate.

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