SALTED CARAMEL NUTS AND POPCORN

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My daughter and my niece had a movie date (Minions) and bought this huge bucket of popcorn.  My husband and I went with them, and my husband bought another huge bucket for both of us to share.  Our combined leftovers is probably one huge bucket.  Didn’t want to throw out the leftovers so I decided to turn them into caramel popcorn.  I was able to make 2 batches, finished the first batch and still enjoying the second one.

What you need for one batch:

about 3 – 4 cups of popcorn (place this in a bowl to help the unpoppeed kernels get at the bottom as we don’t want those)

1 cup brown sugar (pack the brown sugar firmly into the measuring cup)

1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes

1/4 cup golden syrup (my favorite but you can use honey or corn syrup or even maple if you like their taste)

1/2 teaspoon salt (yeah, even if the popcorn I used already had salt; take this out if you don’t want it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

What you need to do:

Get the 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ready within easy reach as you would need to use it later and you want to be able to get it as quick as you can.

Place the popcorn also within easy reach as you would be needing to add this as soon as the caramel is ready.

In a large saucepan (use a large one so that the popcorn would fit  later), add the butter, brown sugar, syrup and salt.  Turn the heat to medium and stir them together until the butter is melted and incorporated.  Stir once in a while and wait until a few minutes, when small bubbles appear (do not leave this as it only takes a few minutes!).  See photo (sorry my photo is not that good as I was in a hurry to start the timer) below of how it should look like before you start the 5 minute time.

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As soon as the bubbles appear, stop stirring and if you have a timer, set it now for 5 minutes.  DO NOT STIR even if you want to.  Immediately after the 5th minute is up, turn off the heat and immediately add the baking soda.  Stir with a wooden spoon to mix it up — the mixture will froth because of the baking soda. Add your popcorn by the handful while mixing slowly (BE CAREFUL AS THE CARAMEL IS HOT) and stop adding popcorn when you think there is not enough caramel to cover anymore popcorn.

With the wooden spoon, place the caramel covered popcorn onto a wax paper.  Try to level it with the back of your spoon.  Cool down and when it is cool enough to touch, break into smaller pieces (if you can stop yourself from eating them at this stage).  Serve in a bowl.  Keep leftovers (if there is any!) in a sealed container.

IF YOU WANT NUTS AND POPS, add a coupld of handfuls of almonds or whatever nuts you want. I had almonds and they were yum.

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