We’ve been having a lot of fun this month with the #SocialCircus. And, when talking all-things “circus”, you can’t help but think of fun foods! Earlier this month I shared some fun circus animal cookie cupcakes. And, today, we’ve got a classic carnival/circus food: popcorn!! Yum! Most carnivals & circus venues have the traditional buttery, salty popped corn. But, some take it even further with delicious sweet & salty caramel corn and that’s exactly the recipe I’ve got for you today! Too bad the smell can’t come through the screen! Mmmmmmm…homemade popcorn goodness! The recipe actually comes from a good friend of mine who has made it for numerous events. It’s actually rather easy (albeit a little time consuming). And, it tastes great! Serve it up in a big bowl. Or, for a fun circus/carnival feel, serve it in individual popcorn boxes! Here’s the recipe:
Delicious Homemade Caramel Corn
- 3 bags butter-flavored microwave popcorn about 10-12 cups popped
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 C brown sugar
- ½ C corn syrup
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- *peanuts optional
- *salt optional
- Preheat oven to 200º. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil, lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pop 3 bags of microwave popcorn. Dump popped popcorn into a large bowl, try to remove any unpopped kernels. Add salt & peanuts if desired.
- In a pan on the stove, bring brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring continuously to avoid any burning. The color will start to lighten and the mixture with start getting almost a little frothy. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
- Carefully pour the mixture over the popcorn & stir, making sure that everything is well-coated.
- Spread the coated popcorn on the 2 foil-lined cookie sheets. Place in oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let cool and serve.
- Store in airtight container or ziplock baggie.
If you're using plain popcorn (instead of butter-flavored microwave popcorn), you may want to consider adding a little butter flavoring or some extra salt.
What is YOUR favorite circus/carnival food?