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Easy caramel popcorn

October 5, 2012

My husband grew up in Hamburg, Iowa, which is home to a big popcorn plant, and as any resident will tell you, is the popcorn capital of the free world. They even have Popcorn Day in September every year, complete with class reunions, a parade, greased pig contests, frog jumping contests, and -- of course -- all the popcorn you can eat. So, as you might imagine, popcorn is a popular snack at my house.

If there's anything better than sitting on the couch with my family watching a movie, it's sitting on the couch with my family watching a movie and eating caramel popcorn. Of course you can buy microwave caramel popcorn, but you can make the caramel yourself, and it's even better! You can also pour the caramel into a jar and use it for topping ice cream or dipping apples.

This version of caramel sauce is super easy. Easy enough that you can whip it up while your popcorn is popping, using ingredients you no doubt have in your pantry.

2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Simply melt the ingredients together in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil for about 2 minutes, still stirring constantly. Then pour it over your popcorn and fold to coat, or put it in a jar and refrigerate for use as apple dip or ice cream topping. This recipe makes enough caramel to coat 3 bags of microwave popcorn.

It's that simple! Can you believe it? Give this gooey, soft caramel a try, and you'll be a believer!

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