caramelcornMake it a family night and prepare this classic recipe that the whole family will enjoy.  Small kids can pop popcorn while older kids or parents can heat up the caramel.  Break out a board game or moive and enjoy family time tonight!


Caramel Corn

Prep:  20 Minutes, Bake 20 Minutes


Nonstick spray coating

8 cups popped popcorn

3/4 cub packed brown sugar

1/3 cup butter (no substitutes)

3 Tablespoons light color corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1.  Spray an 18X12X2 baking pan with nonstick spray.  Remove unpopped kernals from popped corn.  Place popcorn in pan; keep warm in a 300 degree oven.

2.  Butter sides of heavy 1 1/2 quart saucepan.  Add brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup.  Clip candy thermometer to side of pan.  Cook and stir over medium heat to 225, hard-ball stage (about 4 mins.) Remove saucepan from heat.  Stir in baking soda and vanilla; pour over popcorn.  Stir gently to coat.

3.  Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Stir and bake 5 minutes more.  Remove from oven; spread onto a large piece of foil and cool completely.  Break into clusters.

Nutrition facts per serving:  171 calories, 7g total fat, 4g saturate fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Recipe is available in the “Now That’s Cookin'” cookbook available at the Machine Shed restaurant.