Candies

Caramel Corn

Stores don't carry caramel corn this good. It's extra creamy and full of rich flavor.

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

1 hour

Servings

6 quarts

Level

Easy

Ingredients

  • 6 quart unsalted popped popcorn (air-popped preferable)
  • 1½ cups whole almonds or roasted unsalted peanuts (optional)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge Butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 250°F. Put popped popcorn (and nuts if desired) in a nonstick or buttered roasting pan or metal bowl; place in oven.
  • 2
    Microwave: Melt butter in 2-quart glass bowl in microwave (High 1-1½ minutes). Stir brown sugar and corn syrup into butter. Microwave High for 5 minutes - stopping the cooking to stir every 2 minutes. The mixture should be very bubbly (temperature 250-255°F). Note: For 650-750 Watt ovens, an additional minute or two of cooking time may be necessary; stir after each additional minute of cooking time.
  • 3
    Stove: Melt butter in heavy 2-quart sauce pan over medium heat; stir in sugar and corn syrup; bring mixture to a boil and then allow to boil 5 minutes without stirring.) Stir in baking soda into hot mixture.
  • 4
    Drizzle over warmed popped popcorn and toss using 2 wooden spoons or heat resistant rubber spatulas to coat popcorn.
  • 5
    Bake coated popcorn for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.