I have found Holiday Snack List Item 2. It comes from the blog Joy the Baker and is called Salty Pretzel Vanilla Caramel Corn. I would like to do a test run of this recipe and I need two volunteers to come to my house and take all of the finished product with them. I’m afraid that if I make this for just Andy and myself we will be to large to fit out the front door of our house. And if we did manage to squeeze through the door, my orthodontist would probably kill me. Caramel, popcorn and crunchy pretzels? I’m pretty sure that those are the top three “Thou Shalt Not’s” of braces. Realistically, probably numbers 2-5 since gum and granola bars do more damage.
Salty Pretzel Vanilla Caramel Corn
makes about 14 cups popcorn
adapted from Karo Syrup
about 12 cups popped popcorn
about 2 cups pretzel twists
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F, Grease a large (but shallow) roasting pan with butter or cooking spray, and add popcorn and pretzels to the pan.
In a 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt Whisk over medium heat until it begins to boil. Allow to boil over medium heat (without stirring!!) for about 5 minutes. The mixture will be deep gold and bubbling.
Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam and froth. That’s ok. Keep stirring. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture. Use to large spoons to toss the mixture, coating all of the popcorn and pretzels in caramel. Work as quickly as you can.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and toss. Return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss. Allow to cool before handling and packaging.
Caramel corn will last up to 4 days well wrapped at room temperature.
Seriously, how amazing does that look? Weekend candy making party?
Images from here.