Thursday, March 29, 2012

baking: caramel corn

one thing i love about being a stay at home mom is being able to surprise my family with 'little- nothings' as i like to call it... and most of the time it is food related
craig scores big when i make kebobs, aspen loves melon puree and kyler loves popcorn but the kid also has a major sweet tooth
so i decided to make him an afternoon snack just up his alley:
caramel corn!
start by popping two bags of your favorite popcorn
i used the walmart brand in a light butter version
you are only going to need 5 pantry staples which include brown sugar, butter, baking soda, corn syrup and salt
now i halved the caramel sauce because i knew the first thing craig was going to ask me was, "how much butter is in this?"
so if you want extra creamy caramel corn double this recipe
take 1/2 cup a butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, one-fourth a cup of corn syrup and half a teaspoon of salt
bring to a boil for 5 minutes
remove from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt
mix well!
pout this over your popcorn in a large bowl
mix to coat
{ remember this is the part where having more caramel sauce maybe in your best interest! }
place on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for one hour
mix the popcorn every 15 minutes or so
let cool on wax paper
bask in its glory...
and eat a cup for yourself!

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