Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn
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Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn

A perfect gift for a friend; homemade caramel corn with a touch of molasses.

6
quarts
15 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

24 cups popped popcorn

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Margarine

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 250°F. Place popcorn in large roasting pan; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt, and molasses in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8-12 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 2-6 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 238°F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.

  3. STEP 3

    Pour over popcorn; sprinkle peanuts over caramel mixture. Stir until all popcorn is coated. Bake 20 minutes; stir. Continue baking 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately place caramel corn on waxed paper; cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in tightly covered container.

Nutrition

250Calories
13Fat (mg)
0Cholesterol (mg)
290Sodium (mg)
32Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
3Protein (g)

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  December 23, 2009

I've been making this recipe for many years, and our family really loves it. It's hard to stop once you start munching! We use 2 cups of cashews in ours instead of salted peanuts, yum!

— says lisa
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  August 10, 2008

I have made this for my sons Election Day bake sales for years and it was a smash hit. I used to get requests for this every year. The family and friends I would give this to on the holidays always raved, of its buttery flavor. The one thing I would suggest to anyone who has not made this is, start with a deep pan, because of the chemical reaction you get at the end, makes it puff up. This recipe has a rich butter flavor and tastes like it was bought at a specialty shoppe. A sure win with the kids and adults. If you like it real crunchy bake it longer. ENJOY!!

— says Debra
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