Easy Salted Caramel Popcorn
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Popcorn coated with delicious caramel is simply irresistible in this recipe for easy salted caramel popcorn.
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: American
  • ⅔ cup popcorn kernels (makes 18 -20 cups popcorn) (124 g)
For the caramel:
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (161 g)
  • 4 tablespoons water (66 g)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (20 g)
  • ¾ cup / 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed (169 g)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda (7 g)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (3 g)
Make the popcorn:
  1. Pop the popcorn kernels in two batches of ⅓ cup (62 g) per batch. Follow the directions on your popcorn machine, or if using the microwave, place the popcorn kernels in a paper bag and fold the bag over; then microwave for 3 – 4 minutes. If using the stovetop, place the popcorn kernels in a deep pot with 1 tablespoon of light vegetable oil. Cover the pot and heat until the popcorn starts popping, about 4 minutes.
  2. Transfer the popcorn into a deep baking pan such as a roasting pan or lasagna dish. Scoop out the popcorn, instead of pouring directly into the baking dish, so that any unpopped kernels settle at the bottom and are weeded out.
Make the caramel:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  2. Place the sugar in a small pot. Do not use a non-stick pot. Without stirring, add the water distributing all over the sugar, then add the corn syrup. Do not stir, but swirl the pot to dampen the sugar.
  3. Turn the heat to medium high. Let the mixture boil until it starts to turn a light golden color.
  4. Still on medium heat, and without stirring, add the cubed butter distributing evenly in the caramel. Let boil until the butter is melted, about 1 minute.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat. Immediately add the baking soda. With a wooden spoon or better still, a wooden straight edge spatula, briskly stir the mixture. The caramel will turn golden at this point. Add the salt, and continue stirring for a few more seconds until well blended.
  6. Immediately pour the hot caramel all over the popcorn. Stir well to evenly coat all the popcorn with the caramel.
  7. Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes, remove from the oven to mix the popcorn again, then bake again for an additional 15 minutes. The popcorn will be crisp at this point. Give the caramel popcorn one final mix and serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe by SugaryWinzy at http://sugarywinzy.com/easy-salted-caramel-popcorn/