1 1/4 cups popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons oil (coconut, grapeseed, canola)
2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Step 1: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 C).
Step 2: In a very large pan(or in 2 batches), heat oil until hot but not smoking. Add popcorn kernels in an even layer, cover and shake over medium high heat until you hear very few kernels popping. shut off heat and add popcorn to a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: In a medium saucepan over medium heat add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring gently for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour hot mixture over popcorn and mix gently with a spatula until popcorn is evenly coated.
Step 4: Place popcorn on 2 Silpat or parchment paper lined sheets in a single layer and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning mixture every 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy! If you would like a saltier caramel, add fleur de sel or your favorite salt when caramel corn is still hot and right out of the oven.
*I love salty, sweet and spicy treats- for adult cocktail caramel popcorn add about a tablespoon of Sriracha to caramel mixture and add 1 cup of salted peanuts before putting caramel popcorn in the oven. Salted Caramel Popcorn with Sriracha- very adult, very tasty, very addictive!
Tips: If you want to cut down on fat, you can decrease oil when popping corn kernels, just make sure you shake constantly and keep heat at a medium flame.
Dark colored baking sheets will cook the caramel corn faster and caramel will become darker in color and stronger in taste. For a milder flavor and color, stick with light colored baking sheets.
You might think twenty cups of popcorn is way too much — I promise you, this is the most addictive caramel corn you’ve ever had. Adding Sriracha and peanuts brings this recipe to a whole other level. Caramel corn will keep for at least a week, or so I’m told. Maybe you will have better luck than me with restraint!