Oooey Gooey Caramel Popcorn

Food Network’s Tyler Florence is one of my favorite Food Network chefs. His recipe for caramel popcorn is perfect for a movie night, girls night in or just a little sweet snack!

Oooey Gooey Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 1/2 (10-ounce) package marshmallows, about 4 cups
  • 10 cups hot, salted popcorn, uncooked kernels removed or if you do not have a popcorn maker or know how to pop the kernels – 10 cups of popped popcorn – kept warm
  1. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, corn syrup, vegan butter, and cream of tartar (fun food note – this bit of acid keeps the sugar from crystallizing)
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. When thesugar syrup reaches a boil, stop stirring and swirl the pan around over the heat so it doesn’t burn.
  3. As the syrup reaches the caramel stage, the bubbles on top will become smaller, thicker, and closer together. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until the caramel coats the back of the spoon. (If you have one -stick a candy thermometer in the pot and cook until the syrup reaches the “soft-crack stage”, which is about 270ºF. When you drop a bit of this syrup into cold water, it will solidify into threads that, when removed, are hard yet bendable.)
  4. Remove the caramel from the heat and stir in the marshmallows. Fold the marshmallows into the hot caramel so they all melt into a gooey caramel sauce.
  5. The caramel will coat better if the popcorn is hot, so make it while boiling the sugar or pop it first then keep it warm. Put the popcorn in a big bowl and pour the caramel marshmallow mixture over thepopcorn. Gently fold with a wooden spoon to coat each kernel.
  6. If you want to make this into popcorn balls, grab handfuls of the popcorn and squeeze it together to form popcorn balls; make them about the size of a tennis ball. Put the popcorn balls on a sheet pan lined with waxed paper to cool completely.
  7. If not, just spread the popcorn caramel mix onto a baking pan lined with wax paper and let cool then break into pieces.

ENJOY!

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Cinnamon Caramel Corn

Popcorn is a quick and easy snack that can be used in so many ways and have some many flavors. I love popcorn and there are great brands that have great gluten free popcorns. Popcorn is great by itself, extra butter, light butter or whatever your favorite might be. Kettle corn is one of my favorites and natural popcorn is always a treat.

Here is a great recipe for Cinnamon Caramel Corn.

Cinnamon Caramel Corn 

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)*
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick buttery spread (1/2 C) – Earth Balance is a great brand and come in a spread and stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 squares almond bark (or gluten free white chocolate)

*You can use air popped or microwave popcorn. If using microwave, anything works, so you can use your favorite gluten free brand.

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a large capacity microwave safe bowl.  Mix well.
  4. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture.  Pour corn syrup over the top of everything.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine.  Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes.  Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.
  5. Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  Mixture will foam and rise.  Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.
  6. Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.
  8. Melt almond bark according to package instructions.  Drizzle over popcorn mixture.  When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!