Caramel popcorn is a great American tradition - whether you are at the ballgame or the movie theatre, everyone loves this tasty treat! In this tutorial, Betty shows you how to make this sweet and salty staple at home, fresh out of the oven. So, grab a blanket, your favourite flick and cuddle up on the sofa with this delicious snack!
You Will Need:
*5 to 8 cups popped popcorn, with unpopped kernels removed
*½ stick butter, melted
*1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
*2 tablespoons milk
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*¼ to ½ teaspoon baking soda
*½ cup peanuts (optional) (I did not use nuts, but you may add any nuts of your choice.)
*Cooking oil spray
Begin by popping the popcorn.
Then, spray a large bowl and a large spoon with cooking oil spray.
Place about half of the popped popcorn into the sprayed bowl.
Now, prepare your topping.
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt ½ stick butter. Add 1 cup light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup peanuts (if desired).
Mix together, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
When the mixture is at a full, rolling boil, cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, and add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the baking soda briskly into the cooked coating mixture. The consistency of the mixture will change, and it will bubble up some.
Continue to stir, occasionally, as the coating begins to cool. After about a couple of minutes, the coating will thicken and begin to lose its gloss.
Quickly pour about half of it over the popcorn in the greased bowl. (dont let the topping set up before you get your popcorn coated)
Gently stir the popcorn/coating mixture with the greased spoon. Working quickly, add as much more popcorn as you want to coat, pour the remaining coating over the popcorn, and stir quickly, but gently.
When the popcorn is coated to your satisfaction, pour it out onto a baking pan that has been covered wi