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salted caramel popcorn

December 5, 2009

salted caramel popcorn

Ella is experimenting with homemade Christmas gift recipes.  One year I made almond roca, and it was a huge hit.  Today’s tester recipe was Salted Caramel Popcorn.  The title itself is irresistable.  Salt with brown sugar?  I’m in!

Because this is a tester recipe, we learned a few things.  We had too much caramel sauce for the amount of popcorn made.  The whole thing is sticky!  And there should not be even one unpopped kernel in the popcorn, or we are going to break someone’s teeth.  Nobody wants a broken tooth for Christmas.

The question is:  can we make batches and batches of this and package it up and mail them to people?  Or should we go with the almond roca standby instead?

Salted Caramel Popcorn
from Thibeault’s Table

a really big bowl of well popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup golden corn syrup
1 can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
sea salt

Pop the popcorn (we did it on the stove) and put in a really big bowl.  Combine all caramel ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to melt and blend all ingredients together.

Reduce heat to low and continue a slow boil; stir constantly to avoid the caramel from burning. Caramel is done when it reaches the soft ball candy stage (approximately 10 minutes at slow boil).  A candy thermometer will read 240 degrees.

While still hot, pour caramel over the popcorn, mixing well to coat. Sprinkle liberally with the sea salt, again, mixing well for even coverage throughout the batch.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rhonda permalink
    December 9, 2009 2:10 pm

    Hi! The sea salt that you used, was it coarse or fine? How big of popcorn bowl are we talking? Like a tupperware bowl one uses to make bread, or a big mixing bowl? This recipe looks delicious. Thanks

  2. December 10, 2009 7:06 am

    I used coarse sea salt, but then be careful how much you put on…season to taste for sure. And the amount of popcorn was a HUGE mixing bowl…we actually had too much caramel and should have made more popcorn. Trial and error!

  3. rhonda permalink
    December 11, 2009 8:51 am

    Hi! I made the caramel popcorn yesterday. I might of used too much popcorn but my husband loved it. Says it doesn’t like it when it’s all “goopy.” Thanks for the recipe.

  4. January 2, 2010 1:27 pm

    happy new year 2010
    thanks for the recipe

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