Just in time for New Years and the SuperBowl, I present my recipe for caramel corn. The caramel itself has a lot of applications besides drizzled over popcorn but there’s just something about that salty with the sweet that makes this so addictive.
A warning – this recipe is not waistline-friendly so eat at your waist’s peril.
Ultimate Party Caramel Corn
2 bags microwave popcorn, popped
2 sticks of butter, melted
1 lb light brown sugar (half a standard bag)
1 cup corn syrup
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1. In a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk over low to medium heat.
2. Bring mixture to a slow boil, stirring continuously.
3. Boil until caramel is at a soft-ball stage*.
4. Put popcorn in a large bowl and pour caramel over the top. Mix thoroughly to coat the popcorn evenly.
*To tell if caramel is done, drip some of the caramel into some ice water. If the dollop retains its shape but is easy to squish, then it is in soft-ball stage.
Everyone have a fantastic New Year! And please, please, please, please do not drink and drive! Call a cab, call a friend, call Uber or Lyft, walk home – do anything but get behind the wheel impaired. You might even be able to get part of your fare covered. In Utah, there are several attorney’s offices that offer partial reimbursement as an incentive to keep yourself and others safe on the roads.