The Best Homemade Caramel Popcorn
Homemade caramel popcorn… When most people think of homemade caramel popcorn memories of good times with friends and family, especially around the holidays, come to mind. This is the time of year when those special holiday treats are beginning to come to mind making us crave them all the more. If you are thinking about making some special treats come this holiday, then be sure to read on for some great tips and recipes for making your own homemade caramel popcorn. If you are thinking that you would rather leave the homemade caramel popcorn up to the professionals then you can always place an order for quick delivery right to your front door.
The holidays are the time of year when making homemade caramel popcorn is most popular. And although a lot of treats are geared specifically towards a specific holiday, homemade caramel popcorn is great for all holidays at this time of year, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas time. For Halloween you will find many people that like to make their own special version of homemade caramel popcorn and accordingly give them out to trick-or-treaters as well as friends and neighbors. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, some good ol’ fashioned homemade caramel popcorn that you can eat right out of the container is the most popular way to eat this delicious treat.
If you are thinking that you might like something a little more fancy then there are some ways to turn your homemade caramel popcorn into a gourmet treat! Simply add some of your more favorite (and usually more expensive!) food items with your homemade caramel popcorn for a real gourmet treat that will impress everyone you share with. Some great ideas include, pecans or walnuts, mini white chocolate chips, large dark chocolate chips, thin pretzels, chex mix cereal, and anything else you can think of that will blend nicely with the wonderfully sweet taste of caramel.
How To Make Homemade Caramel Popcorn
First you need to make sure you are buying quality popcorn. This means that when you are finished popping the popcorn there should not be more than 5% of the kernels left un-popped. A high-quality popcorn will provide a better taste as well as having the ability for any type of flavoring you would like to mix with the popcorn to attach and stay on the popcorn itself.
Second you will need to gather all the ingredients together as well as a pot for the stove top or a bowl for the microwave as you can use either method.
Thirdly, mix the ingredients together, bring to a boil, pour over the previously popped popcorn, and let cool. Super simple! Although this is indeed a really easy way in which to make homemade caramel popcorn keep in mind that there are a lot of varieties so every recipe you make will come out a little different. This means that you may have to do a little experimenting before finding that perfect homemade caramel popcorn recipe that you will love.
Most Popular Homemade Caramel Popcorn Recipe
1 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 4 quarts of popped popcorn
Preheat the oven to 250°. Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in pan and bring to a boil. After 4-5 minutes of boiling, remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Carefully pour mixture over popcorn, which is on two large baking sheets, and cook for about one hour. Let cool completely before storing the finished homemade caramel popcorn in an airtight container for fresh keeping.
Homemade Caramel Popcorn Ideas
Autumn is the time of year when many people start to think of making certain treats that are normally only made at this time of year. At this time of the year the holidays are right around the corner and the cold weather is moving in quickly, which brings about a change that people are excited to see. Some more popular foods made at this time of year includes items such as stews and soups, apple and pumpkin pies, and you guessed it–caramel covered popcorn!
Although some different twists on the traditional homemade caramel popcorn have been made and are in fact quite common, nothing is as popular as good ol’ fashioned homemade caramel popcorn. Having said that the following twists for homemade caramel popcorn are definitely worth giving a try and who knows, you may create a new version of homemade caramel popcorn that just may become an all time favorite!
Homemade Caramel Popcorn Balls
Instead of only making popcorn that you eat one (or lots!) at a time, make popcorn balls. Simply take your mixture when cool enough to handle and mold the popcorn into the shape of a ball. You can add additional ingredients if you prefer. A great tip is to butter your hands well so that the popcorn does not stick to you. Set them on a sheet of waxed paper to cool.
Homemade Caramel Popcorn Snack Mix
Simply add any additional ingredients as to make this your own recipe. Add your favorite nuts, pieces of candy, or some chocolate and you will have created a brand new taste for you and your friends to enjoy.
Homemade Caramel Popcorn Fun Shapes
When the mixture is cool enough to mold you can crush and shape the homemade caramel popcorn in to different fun shapes, such as a pumpkin or a Christmas ornament.
Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate!
When the homemade caramel popcorn is completely cool spread them on a completely flat surface such as on a cookie sheet (with waxed paper underneath) and the drizzle your favorite type of chocolate over the entire batch.
CONCLUSION: Luckily, you do not have to wait for the holidays to make homemade caramel popcorn. In fact, you do not have to make it all and can simple place an order to have some delicious homemade caramel popcorn made by true professionals that is delivered right to your front door!