Sunday, January 23, 2011

Another food item I’ll never be able to buy

I got a recipe for caramel corn from my Mom a few weeks ago.  For reasons unknown, I’ve always thought that making caramel corn was a long & drawn-out process.  But now that I’ve made & tasted it, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat store-bought again.  I’m telling you, this stuff is addicting!  And not that difficult to make.  Just be sure to store at least half of it out-of-sight because if you are looking at the bag of it all day, it won’t last very long.
8 Quarts Popped Corn                        1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Sticks Butter or Margarine               ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2 Cups Brown Sugar                          ¼ teaspoon Salt
½ Cup Corn Syrup
Pop the popcorn & pour into a LARGE bowl (big enough to hold the popcorn and to be able to stir the syrup into it). 
In a large pot (I used a 3-qt. pot), combine butter, brown sugar & corn syrup & heat to a boil.  Keep at a boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly.  Remove from heat & add the Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar & Salt all at once & stir (it will make the syrup increase in volume by at least double, so make sure your pot IS large enough).
Pour syrup over popcorn & stir until popcorn is evenly coated.  Pour into greased baking pans & put in a 250 degree oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Take out of oven & break large pieces apart.  Let cool & store in airtight containers or bags.

Oh my, yummy!


  1. Nice blog I'll be back as I can lean some things from you!

    Now that caramel corn looks good! I will try it soon, thanks for the recipe.

    I'm wondering if you have a recipe for granola bars? I've tried two different ones from the internet but both of them turned out too soft and on the gooey side. I'd like to have them a bit more crunchy. Any ideas?

  2. I've "heard" (never tried it yet) than in order to make granola BARS, you have to add oat flour to it. I think the oat flour (along with a bit more honey or sugar syrup) gives the granola bits 'n pieces something to stick to.

    Funny you mentioned this as I'm sitting at the computer (duh) eating a bowl of granola cereal right now & my stash is almost gone. Maybe I'll get around to trying to make a granola bar in the next day or so & let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks for joining my makes me feel like I'm not just talking to myself all day! :)