Make homemade caramel corn mixed with pretzels, candy corn, and other goodies for a perfect Halloween snack.
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16 cups plain popped popcorn
5 cups miniature pretzels
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
1 cup candy corn
Heat oven to 200°F.
Combine popcorn and pretzels in large roasting pan; set aside.
Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 18-20 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball or candy thermometer reaches 240°F. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.
Pour mixture over popcorn and pretzels; sprinkle with peanuts. Stir until all popcorn is coated.
Bake 20 minutes; stir. Continue baking 20 minutes. Stir in chocolate pieces and candy corn. Continue baking 5 minutes. Immediately spread onto waxed paper to cool. Store in tightly covered container.
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I am not sure if there is a typo in the recipe, or if it is meant to have that much salt. I cut the salt in half from what it requires (1/2 cup of salt to 1/4 cup) and the salt was still way too much for our taste. The recipe otherwise is really nice. I will make it again, but will definitely cut the salt down drasticaly or remove all together.
Hi Kelly! You are correct - we had a typo in the recipe. There should be a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the recipe, and we have updated it to reflect that. Thanks for the catch!
I've been making this recipe every year for Halloween as a family tradition and my kids love it! It has also been a hit at Halloween Parties with adults :)
I have made this recipe many times over the last 4 years. I make this version for Halloween and have yet to find anyone who does not eat it with relish! For Christmas I use deluxe mixed nuts and eliminate all candy, peanuts, and pretzels, and it makes wonderful Christmas gifts.
Do you thibk for a gluten free version, maybe adding Chex instead of pretzels? I might just have to try that :)
I got this recipe a few years ago and have made it several times evary year. My kids love it and so does everyone that has tried it. This will be a tradition in my home for many years to come!
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