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Homemade Crunchy Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn
When I say Popcorn, which word instantly comes to your mind?  I am sure its movies.  Nothing makes the movies more fun than the crunchy salty popcorn, be it a theatre or at home.   My family loves both kinds... the regular salty, buttery and this salty sweet caramel popcorn.
If you love binging on this popular Christmas treat, you must give it a try.  Though time consuming, its worth the effort.

Ingredients:
Popcorn - about 10 cups
Light Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup (tightly packed)
Unsalted Butter - 4 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup
Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Cooking Spray or Butter for greasing

How to make Crunchy Caramel Popcorn at home:
  • I cooked 1/2 cup popcorn kernels in 4 tbsp olive oil in a very big vessel with the lid on.  You can use microwave popcorn as well.
Popcorn Kernels
  • Add popcorn to a very big mixing bowl and keep 2 big spoons ready for mixing.  Preheat the oven at 300 degrees F and grease a big baking tray with cooking spray.
  • Heat butter, water and sugar in a heavy bottom vessel.  Once the sugar melts, stir continuously until the sugar syrup becomes sticky.  Touch the syrup with your finger and see if it sticks.  Add vanilla extract, salt and cook for few more seconds. Turn off the heat and pour the syrup over the popcorn.
Caramel Popcorn
  • Mix well to coat the popcorn well.  Spread the popcorn on the greased tray and bake for about 30 minutes.  Mix the popcorn after every 5 minutes.    Bake for few more minutes or until popcorn is crunchy.  Best way to check is to eat salty sweet popcorn.
Make your movie experience fun with Homemade Caramel Popcorn.

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