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Butter Toffee Popcorn

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Look at this popcorn. Then think Cracker Jacks and multiply the delicious factor by about one million thousand times.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups Unpopped Popcorn Kernels, White Or Yellow
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 2-¼ cups Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cups Dark Corn Syrup
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Roasted, Salted Peanuts

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Grease two large rimmed baking sheets and set aside.

Pop the popcorn kernels, in shifts if needed to ensure your popcorn popper doesn’t burn the popcorn, and place the popcorn in a large bowl, sifting through to remove the unpopped kernels.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When melted add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil while stirring. Once the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, for 3 minutes. The mixture will be slightly thickened. Take the pot off the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. The mixture will bubble so be careful. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix slightly. Add the peanuts and mix well but gently (so you don’t break apart the popcorn) until the popcorn is evenly coated and the peanuts are distributed through the mixture.

Turn the popcorn out onto the baking sheets, spreading into an even layer. Bake the popcorn for one hour, stirring and tossing every 20 minutes. Move the bottom tray to the upper rack and vice versa each time you stir. The popcorn will deepen in color and harden a bit as the caramel bakes and sets. Cool the popcorn to room temperature. Store in an airtight container. I’ve found the popcorn will keep, stored tightly, for 1-2 weeks.

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JoannaLee on 10.18.2011

I made this tonight, and I have a feeling it’s the bomb! =)

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skor on 12.12.2010

This looks delicious, very similar to how I make caramel corn, but a nice change.

@jilltamara – unless you want the nuts, you could leave them out altogether, but pecans shouldn’t burn at the low temp. The baking soda makes the coating foamy and light, makes it easier to spread and coat, very cool to watch.

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angdaisyrose on 12.12.2010

I am going to do this for work this week. I signed up to bring snacks and didn’t know what to do. I have a bag of trail mix, I think I will mix that in.

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Marla Meridith on 12.12.2010

This popcorn looks amazing – I would prefer it to Cracker Jacks any day!

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jilltamara on 12.10.2010

We’ve got peanut allergies in our house – could I substitute pecans? I’m guessing yes, but not sure if they’d burn versus the peanuts. Also, what does the baking soda do? Just curious! This sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try!

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mamabouch on 6.29.2011

Made this for teacher gifts tonight, it was absolutely divine! I couldn’t use nuts because it was going to school, so I drizzled melted chocolate over it after it had cooled. Mmmmmmmmmm so good!
Thanks for the excellent recipe!

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haysfour on 1.10.2011

Absolutely Love It! I’m making for the 3rd time since Christmas. I substituted light corn syrup once and it still turned out great.

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emsev333 on 12.29.2010

Excellent recipe. I made it 3 times in one week! I saved a little container for myself, but gave it away in bags for Christmas gifts. Excellent gift for mailman, teachers, neighbors, etc. Even my pickiest of recipients claimed she “couldn’t stop eating it!” Thanks for such an easy and adaptable recipe.

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lulabelle67 on 12.18.2010

This is a great recipe. Very easy and delicious! I used one jar of Planters dry roasted peanuts which equaled a tad over 3 cups. I love carmel corn and this is the easiest recipe I have found yet. No need to get out the candy thermometer! Thanks for sharing!

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thebossmare on 12.17.2010

Amazing. Tried this today, it was easy, went together quickly and the taste….oh the taste. Fabulous. I will leave the peanuts out next time though, this group was all over the delicious coated popcorn, but seemed to sort out the peanuts. Better than I had a right to expect, a keeper for sure.

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