Salty Caramel Popcorn

by Jenn on May 16, 2009

in Desserts,Gluten Free,Snacks

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Oh yes, this was SO much fun to make!

My husband and I frequently make popcorn from scratch as a snack, and have tried adding sugar to create the sweetness of “kettle corn” with mixed results because we  often end up burning the sugar.  So, this time, I decided to try something new.  One snack we LOVE is Harry & David’s Moose Munch, but alas, they are not gluten free.  That puts a damper on things.  They are also too sweet, because they smother the caramel too much on the popcorn.  But homemade caramelized popcorn?  I have to be able to figure out how to make that!

First thing I did was pop the popcorn in a lot of butter and salt.  Cause seriously, butter + salt = awesomeness.  Then the trick became how to figure out how to add the caramel.  I melted some sugar and vanilla to create the caramel, and first tried like I did when I made candied walnuts.  I laid the popcorn out and poured the caramel over them, but that just created yummy flat caramel candy with popcorn stuck in it.  It was still really tasty mind you, but just not really what I was going for.  So for trial two, I thought I’d do it more “rice krispies treat” style.  I melted the sugar in a larger pot, and once it caramelized, added in the popcorn to the pot while stirring the caramel – this got the caramel all over the popcorn much better, and made it quite yummy :)  Perfect late night snack – or afternoon snack, or breakfast, ha I can’t control myself with such tasty salty caramel popcorn around!

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Oh and yes, you are looking at half of my kitchen in the background of that first pic.  I need a bigger kitchen.