Today I’ve got a Recipe Redo for you. This recipe has been a family favorite for a long time – over 25 years. I first shared in back in 2008.
I got the recipe from my friend Pam. We were in a family home evening group together with some other moms. Each month we took turns putting together a lesson, visual aids and a treat idea for everyone that could be used for our weekly family home evening.
One month my friend Pam shared her family’s caramel corn recipe for the treat. We all totally fell in love with it and have been making it every since. The fun thing about this recipe is how easy it is – you don’t need a candy thermometer or have to worry about it hitting a certain temperature. The whole thing is made in the microwave!
Besides being easy the thing I love about this recipe is that it makes a dry, crunchy caramel corn. I know there is a divided camp on caramel corn, some like it gooey and sticky and some like it dry and crunchy. I’m a dry and crunchy girl!
The other great thing about this recipe is the caramel corn is made in a brown paper bag so clean up is easy too. After you cook it for the set amount of time in the microwave you spread it out on wax paper on the counter to dry.
Then spread the caramel corn out on the counter-top on wax paper to dry.
It is easy to dress this caramel corn up too. For a Snickerdoodle version you will want to add a couple teaspoons cinnamon sugar mixture into the brown bag when you pull it out of the microwave for the last time – be sure and give it a good couple of shakes to get it distributed evenly. Do it quickly as the caramel sets up quickly and the sugar will not stick to the kernels if it is too dry. It is also awesome with white chocolate drizzled over the top.
The white chocolate caramel corn was a HUGE hit at a party I took it to and everyone kept asking me where I bought it – not believing that I actually made it! One of our friends even suggested that maybe I should go into business and sell it -don’t think so but thanks for the compliment Dave!
Here are some other fun flavor combinations I have put together.
- 16 cups popped corn (I used my air popper)
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C Karo syrup
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2-1 tsp vanilla
- Cook sugar, syrup and butter in a glass bowl in microwave on high for one minute
- Stir and repeat for a total of five minutes
- Should be hot and bubble
- Add baking soda, vanilla
- Mix until foamy
- Put popped corn into a brown grocery bag
- Pour syrup into bag
- Stir to coat
- Fold bag over
- Place in microwave and microwave for one minute and shake
- Microwave 30 seconds and shake
- (Sprinkle with cinammon sugar if desired and shake again)
- Pour popcorn out to cool on wax paper