September 2, 2011

Gooey Caramel Popcorn

My husband and I decided to try a 30-day "no sugar" challenge. The night before we kicked the sugar habit, I made a big batch of Gooey Caramel Popcorn to get my last sugar fix. It definitely hit the spot, as it does every single time I make it. I reminds me of growing up in my parents' home and my sweet, next-door neighbor that would make this for us every Christmas. Once I got my hands on the recipe, though, there was no way I could wait until Christmastime to enjoy this gooey goodness. Now I make it every few months. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy as well!

(almonds didn't make it into this batch because I didn't have any on-hand. I do prefer to have the almonds in there, though.)

Gooey Caramel Popcorn
Caramel mixture:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 bags microwave popcorn, or 1/3 cup un-popped popcorn cooked the old-fashioned way 
Almonds (optional)

Pop popcorn, making sure to remove any kernels that didn't pop (your teeth will thank you later). Put in the biggest bowl you can find. Set aside.

For caramel mixture:
In a medium sauce pan, bring all ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Let boil for 7 minutes, but if you want to really be precise, use a candy thermometer and bring mixture to 235-240 degrees, or the "soft ball" stage. (That's what I prefer so that I can get the right consistency of gooey-ness.)

Pour caramel over popcorn, mix a bit, and then add almonds if desired. Continue mixing around until popcorn is thoroughly coated. Pour popcorn onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, and allow to cool. Devour.

4 Happy Thoughts:

Paige Hanna said...

I didn't know you had the recipe! I would've asked for it looong ago. I'm glad you posted this!

Dave Allbee said...

I don't know, it's hard to beat any food we get here at the cafeteria on the Army post...... bleh

Kristie and Jake said...

I think I'm going to make this YUM!!!

Kristie and Jake said...

So I just pinned this. I didn't want to forget about it. I also think that I'm going to have my Activity days girls make this. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!