Caramel popcorn is something my mother has made my entire life. She joked with her colleagues that most days she’d serve popcorn for dinner, but caramel corn was for payday. Later I made this for all the birthday/slumber parties and the like.
The recipe came from a cookbook one of her aunts published. Since leaving home, I never make it because it’s too sweet, I can’t easily find white popcorn in Sweden, didn’t have a hot-air popper, and the original recipe calls for corn syrup.
But suddenly I had white corn, a hot-air popper and golden syrup and the ability to give the finished product away.
It’s not difficult. Here’s the recipe.
Preheat oven to 125C
Pop about 1/2 a cup of popcorn in a hot-air popper directly into a baking dish/roasting pan
In a heavy-bottomed stovetop pot:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup or golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanila
(You can also double this recipe, as my family usually did – and use a very large roasting pan.)
Melt butter, add the brown sugar and syrup on low-medium heat. Bring to a boil, stir constantly. Let boil 5 minutes without stirring.
Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will get very foamy and lightly caramel colored.
Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat. Bake in preheated oven. Stir corn every 15 minutes, turning pan halfway through, for about 45 mins to 1 hour. It should be crispy once it cools off a bit.