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Author Notes: One Valentines Day I made my husband caramels and he promptly melted them down and poured it over popcorn. After I got over the shock of him melting my caramels I arduously labored over, I realized that this wasn't a bad idea. So, I took his idea, ran with it, and added chocolate. - TheDisenchantedHousewife —TheDisenchantedHousewife
Food52 Review: Is there anything better than homemade caramels? Well, TheDisenchantedHousewife has hit on it with this recipe, with caramel, chocolate and popcorn. The caramel gives a bit of resistance as you crunch into the popcorn and the salty-sweet combo is addicting. The hardest part of this recipe is trying to stop eating it! – FrozenFoodie —The Editors
Serves 8 hungry people, 16 munchers
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 packets microwave popcorn, popped
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a tall saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Boil until caramel is a warm golden brown color. DON'T STIR. Just swirl the pan.
- At the same time, bring cream and butter to a simmer in a small pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside but keep warm
- When the sugar is caramelized slowly add the cream into the caramel. Beware, it will boil violently.
- Stir in the vanilla and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the mix reached 248 degrees F (firm ball). Set aside and allow to cool slightly
- Pour warm caramel over two bags of your favorite popped popcorn. Coat completely and allow to harden.
- In a heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt all 12 ounces of chocolate.
- When chocolate becomes melted, pour over caramel corn and coat completely. Allow to cool and harden before enjoying.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Halloween Treat