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HOMEMADE CARAMEL POPCORN

When you need a sweet, salty, crunchy snack that everyone loves – homemade caramel popcorn is the answer! It’s easy to make with a rich caramel flavor that’s full of depth – plus a little saltiness for the perfect balance.

INGREDIENTS

- popcorn kernels - butter - brown sugar - maple syrup - corn syrup - vanilla extract - salt - baking soda

Do I need corn syrup?

I highly recommend using just the little bit that I do (the rest is substituted with maple syrup) because it helps prevent the caramel from crystalizing - keep it smooth and grain-free!

1

Pour oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot or Dutch oven.

2

Add 3 popcorn kernels over high heat. Cover, and wait for them to pop.

3

Once the kernels have popped, it's a signal that the oil is hot enough and the popcorn will pop evenly.

4

Immediately add the popcorn kernels to the pan.

5

Immediately cover and remove from heat, swooshing back and forth for 20 seconds.

6

Return back to the heat, and allow the popcorn kernels to pop away!

7

Pour the popcorn into a large serving bowl. Set aside while you prepare the caramel.

8

Over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, syrups, butter, and salt until melted. 

9

Simmer without stirring for 4-5 minutes.

10

Whisk in baking soda and vanilla, then quickly pour over the popcorn.

11

Toss to coat completely - work fast, it's sticky!

11

Spread in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 mins.

12

Let cool, then transfer to a storage container or bowl for serving. Enjoy!

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