This year I am home for the holidays for the first time in over 25 years. I want to make up for all the years I didn’t do Christmas because I was “just too”... too busy, too tired, too Christmased out from seeing it since August. I’ve started a Christmas bucket list- inspired by the Hallmark movie “A Christmas List”. Unlike the movie, I already have the right guy and he is excited about doing Christmas, as in over the top, Clark Griswold style in Christmas Vacation, only we are keeping it inside.
So this week the decorating begins!
My very own Clark!
At our house, every occasion is celebrated with food and caramel corn was requested as a snack for the decorating "party". That's good, since it may take days to get all the decorating done. This recipe should be enough to last the two of us couple of days. If not, it’s easy enough to do another batch. It is a little time consuming, but between stirring I can decorate the kitchen!
So put on those Christmas carols and let's get poppin’ corn!
Oven baked Caramel Corn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 quarts popped popcorn(about 1 cup unpoppped corn)
Preheat oven to 250F.
Pop corn. I do it the old fashhion way, but you can even use microwave popcorn if you want.
Place popped corn in a large roasting pan, being sure to remove the old maids.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar, corn syrup and salt; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
The mixture will foam up so be careful.
Slowly pour the caramel over the popped corn, mixing well.
Divide evenly between two sheet trays.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. I alternate racks every stir to get a more even bake.
Remove from oven. Watch out for sticky fingers, somehow that warm popcorn sticks to my husbands fingers and he has to eat it to get it off.
Spread out on wax paper to cool. Don't leave it in the pan because it will stick and be very hard to get lose.
Break into chunks. Store in an airtight container.
You can also pack into baggies; makes a great gift item or stocking stuffer.
It's that easy! Now you can sit back, put on a Christmas movie, and enjoy your popcorn! Let me know how yours turned out.