When I wrote that I was making Caramel Corn today on the Sarah’s Cucina Bella Facebook Fan Page, I didn’t expect the huge response that I got. Really, I didn’t. New voices chimed in to inquire about the recipe and share their experiences and likes … it was absolutely awesome.
So, I scraped plans to write about something else and instead decided to just share this recipe today. It’s adapted from a recipe a found on Tablespoon (where, in full disclosure, I write for the TBSPblog). I made some small changes, such as removing the nuts from the recipe and adding a little more salt … and it was fantastic.
It was also … and I fear that I say this too much … so incredibly easy. It’s so easy, and so much better than the store-bought stuff, that I will never buy it again. Seriously. Totally worth it.
Are you a caramel corn fan?
Nut-Free Caramel Corn
- 6 cups popped popcorn
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Heat oven to 250°F. Spread popcorn on an aluminum foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
- In large saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, water, corn syrup and salt; mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda until well mixed. Immediately pour mixture over popcorn; toss until coated.
- Bake at 250°F. for 15 minutes. Stir; bake an additional 15 minutes. Stir; bake 5 minutes. Immediately spread on foil or waxed paper. Cool 30 minutes before serving.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.