Caramel popcorn is simply hot, crunchy popcorn that has been drizzled with sweet, hot caramel sauce. To make it, simple popcorn is enhanced by including a few ingredients available in the kitchen. Rich in butter, condensed milk and corn syrup, caramel popcorn emits such an enticing vanilla aroma that makes it difficult for a person to stop indulging into it. Making caramel popcorn is no rocket science. A few ingredients and some simple steps is all you need to prepare the crunchy snack for a picnic, holiday, family game or movie night. Read on further to know how you can prepare the best caramel popcorn through simple, fun and affordable instructions.
Caramel Popcorn Recipe
- 2 bags Microwave Popcorn
- 4 tbsp Butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup Brown Sugar, lightly packed
- ½ cup Light Corn Syrup
- 2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Pop both the bags of microwave popcorn. They will make 24 cups. Remove any unpopped kernels.
- Place the popcorns in a large roasting pan or two 9x13 pans.
- Set the oven to 250°F and place the popcorns in the oven, to keep them warm.
- Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter, sugar and corn syrup.
- Stir continuously, until the sugar and butter melts and the candy mixture begins to boil.
- Pour in the condensed milk and insert a candy thermometer.
- Cook the mixture with occasional stirring, until the caramel attains a temperature of 238°F.
- Remove the saucepan from flame and stir in the vanilla.
- Remove the popcorns from the oven and pour the caramel over the popcorn. Be sure to stir them while doing so, so that all the pieces are evenly coated.
- Return the popcorns back to the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, stirring after every 10 minutes. In case you are using multiple pans and your popcorns are in a single layer, the cooking time will be around 25 minutes.
- The popcorns are done when the caramel mixture darkens and bubbles all over the pan.
- Now, remove the popcorns from the microwave and leave them at room temperature for complete cooling.
- Break the caramel popcorns into pieces and store in an airtight container.
- When boiling the caramel mixture, do not boil for more than 3 minutes, else the caramel will become too hard on cooling.
- After pouring the caramel over the popcorn, you can add marshmallows, pecans, walnuts or dried cherries, for an extra treat.
- Pour maple peanut butter on the caramel mixture and stir. Shape into balls, for making popcorn balls.
- For added decadence, melt some milk chocolate and drizzle it over the cooled caramel popcorns.
- For chocolate caramel popcorns, melt chocolate chips and pour them over the caramel mixture, to coat the pieces.