Hey there! I’m back this week with another fun fall recipe. I’ve really been enjoying all of these fall treats this year. I don’t always stick to the seasons with my baking, but it’s been really fun to try out some more traditional fall recipes this year. So, if you are looking for something festive to try out while the leaves are falling and the weather is cooling off, check these out!
Ok, ok. Back to the subject at hand, salted caramel popcorn! This was my first try making caramel popcorn, and I have to admit, I’m hooked already! It’s easy to make, delicious, and would make a perfect little thank-you or thinking-of-you gift. And I mentioned that it’s delicious, right? 🙂
I found a few recipes on Pinterest and modified them a little bit to make it my own. The main one I used was this recipe from Cookies and Cups. So simple and tasty.
To start off, pop some popcorn! I popped mine on the stove top, but I have seen recipes using microwave popcorn too. Simply follow your popcorn popping instructions, and I’ll see you back here in a minute looking like this!
For the caramel sauce, you will need light brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, and salt. Get those out and head over to the stove with a medium saucepan.
Add 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar…
…1/3 cup corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon salt to your saucepan and melt over medium heat.
Resist the urge to turn up the temperature here. This will take a little bit of time, but you don’t want to burn the caramel. Stir the ingredients until melted and bring to a boil. Once the mixture begins to boil, let cook for 4 minutes without stirring.
Forgive the picture quality here, but this is how it should look when it starts to boil…
And this is how it will look at 4 minutes…
When time is up, remove from the caramel from the heat and pour over popcorn. Give the popcorn a good stir to make sure it all gets coated.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread the popcorn out on it. If desired, sprinkle salt on top to taste. I added about 1 teaspoon of salt to mine, but I think it was almost too much. 1/2 teaspoon would probably be just about right.
Ok, we are almost done! I know you are tempted to just eat everything right now, but I promise it will be worth the wait! Bake the popcorn for a total of 30 minutes at 300°. Every 10 minutes, take the popcorn out and stir. By the end of the 30 minutes, you will have a beautiful golden sheet of caramel popcorn. Mmm. You can go ahead and break the popcorn up, or you can just leave it in big ole chunks. Whatever floats your boat!
You know me, I had to add some chocolate on top of mine. 😀
If you want to do the same, simply melt a little chocolate in the microwave, pour it in a sandwich bag, snip the end, and drizzle chocolate to your hearts content. 🙂 This will definitely make it a little messier, but I can guarantee it will be delicious.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this again sometime this fall. It’s pretty addicting. 😀
I hope you all enjoy the recipe and have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
I’ll be sharing this over at Fiesta Friday!
Salted Caramel Popcorn
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Pop popcorn according to instructions & pour into a large bowl. Set to the side.
- Add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon salt to medium saucepan and melt over medium heat. Stir the ingredients until melted and bring to a boil. Once the mixture begins to boil, let cook for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat.
- Pour caramel over popcorn & stir until well coated.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread popcorn out on pan.
- If desired, sprinkle remaining salt on top.
- Bake the popcorn for a total of 30 minutes at 300°. Every 10 minutes, take the popcorn out and stir.
- Let popcorn cool and then drizzle melted chocolate on top, if desired.