are certain things that the folks in my household can depend on year after year at each holiday. For Halloween, it's caramel corn. It is a holiday standard around here, so when the Brand Ambassadors had the opportunity to partner with Karo Syrup this month,
I was ready to go!
From years of baking up batches of this stuff I've come up with a few tips that I thought I'd share in a quick step-by-step. This time around I followed Karo's recipe for
Caramel Corn Treat Bags that you can find right here on Allrecipes.
The grocery list is simple - Popcorn kernels, brown sugar, Karo Syrup (light or dark), pure vanilla extract, butter, salt, and baking soda. I use my vintage air popper and pop about 3/4 cup of kernels directly into my turkey roasting pan. This is the only pan
in my house large enough to handle a boat load of popcorn. The disposable foil variety that you can buy at the grocery store works just as well.
This gooey, delicious stuff consists of butter, brown sugar, Karo Syrup, and salt. Once it has boiled together for a few minutes, remove it from the heat. Add the baking soda and vanilla and then the magic happens. It turns into this luscious mixture that you
will pour in a stream over the popped corn in your big roasting pan. Stir and toss the popcorn until it is evenly coated with the mixture.
I have found the best way to bake the caramel corn is to split it between two rimmed baking sheets that have been generously sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake it at 250 degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes, stirring with a spoon once every 15 minutes.
The longer it bakes, the crunchier it will be.
Remove the pans from the oven and allow the caramel corn to cool. It will then break apart very easily and should be stored in an airtight container.
Although, it's not going to last long.
Karo's recipe for >
Caramel Corn Treat Bags inspired me to add in some black licorice, candy corn and pretzels. You can add anything that strikes your fancy. This makes such a pretty centerpiece for a Halloween party buffet.
How about this for a quick, clean, and easy alternative to popcorn balls? I found some inexpensive cellophane bags and some orange and black ribbon at a craft store and voila! A pretty little treat. These would be great Halloween party favors.
Happy cooking and Happy Halloween!
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