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Gooey Caramel Corn

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Simple and yet addictingly delicious. This easy caramel popcorn is a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unpopped Popcorn
  • ½ cups Butter
  • 2 cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk - 14-ounce Can

Preparation

Pop 2 batches of popcorn in an air popper (1/2 cup unpopped popcorn each batch) according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove any unpopped kernels (your teeth will thank you) and put the popcorn into a large bowl. Set aside.

Bring butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil in a heavy pot over medium to medium high heat, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Continue stirring until mixture returns to a full boil. As soon as caramel returns to a boil, start timer for 5 minutes and continue stirring until the timer goes off. Remove from heat. Pour the caramel mixture over the popped corn and stir until well combined. Allow to cool before serving.

Tip: If you are bagging popcorn in cellophane bags, spread warm popcorn out onto a sheet of foil that you’ve sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and allow it to cool thoroughly before bagging.

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amyjo84 on 7.3.2012

Holy cow was this amazing! One of the local high school dance teams has been selling their “secret recipe” popcorn balls for years and I’m pretty sure they taste exactly like this caramel corn. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Jennifer on 6.20.2012

I made this today and first off, thank you for sharing your yummy recipe!
I started to pass this one by today because there was no use of a candy thermometer in the directions. But I thought I would try something different… a easy caramel corn recipe! I don’t think I have the knack for eyeballing the syrup. I need that thermometer! Outside of not having brought the syrup up to the correct temp, it was great! And easy!
I added ¾ of the mixed batch to the oven @250 for 10 min or so to try for a bit of more ‘candy shell’ and it worked great. I’m going to try this one again and try boiling for a few extra minutes. Or I’ll just use the candy thermometer ;) The color was great, the taste was great. For me it was just too gooey on my first try.

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