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Light Caramel Corn

Light Caramel Corn

My kids have been really great lately – helping around the house without too many grumbles, doing their homework, and being nice to each other. I decided to reward them with a tasty after school treat so I made them this caramel corn I found on 2 Sisters 2 Cities. It was fun to make and smelled amazing while it baked. My kids gobbled up their bowls of popcorn quickly and loved every bite. My son said it was awesome and amazing and my daughter said it was the best popcorn she’s ever had. I guess that means I’ll be making this caramel corn again.

Light Caramel Corn

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat with cooking spray.

Heat the coconut oil in a very large saucepan over medium high heat. Once the oil is HOT add the corn kernels and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the corn kernels evenly. Place the lid on the saucepan and shake the pan every 10-15 seconds until the corn starts to pop. Once the kernels start popping, shake the pan continuously and vigorously. Listen closely to the popcorn, when you hear the popping begin to slow, 1 to 2 seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat. DO NOT wait for every kernel to pop or you’ll burn the popcorn. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour popcorn into a large bowl.  Set aside.

Place butter in small pot over medium. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup then stir until the sugar dissolves and butter melts. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low and allow it to simmer for 4-5 minutes without stirring.

After it has simmered, stir the mixture and continue to simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. The caramel mixture will start to become a deep golden brown color. Turn off the heat and add in the salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract; stir well.

Once the caramel is all mixed together, pour over large bowl of popcorn. Stir the caramel into the popcorn, trying to get all the popcorn mixed in. Work quickly because the caramel with start to dry and harden. Be careful – the caramel is HOT! Side Note: As it bakes you will be able to spread the caramel out more.

Spread the popcorn out on the lined baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes to spread the caramel around and to break up the clumps. The finished popcorn will have a deep amber color. Remove from the oven and let the popcorn sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes to cool. Break up any clusters and pour into a serving bowl. Enjoy!

Light Caramel Corn

 

Light Caramel Corn

Light Caramel Corn

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels when cooked it should be about 12 cups of popcorn
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then coat with cooking spray.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a very large saucepan over medium high heat. Once the oil is HOT add the corn kernels and a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the corn kernels evenly. Place the lid on the saucepan and shake the pan every 10-15 seconds until the corn starts to pop. Once the kernels start popping, shake the pan continuously and vigorously. Listen closely to the popcorn, when you hear the popping begin to slow, 1 to 2 seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat. DO NOT wait for every kernel to pop or you'll burn the popcorn. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour popcorn into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Place butter in small pot over medium. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup then stir until the sugar dissolves and butter melts. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low and allow it to simmer for 4-5 minutes without stirring.
  • After it has simmered, stir the mixture and continue to simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. The caramel mixture will start to become a deep golden brown color. Turn off the heat and add in the salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract; stir well.
  • Once the caramel is all mixed together, pour over large bowl of popcorn. Stir the caramel into the popcorn, trying to get all the popcorn mixed in. Work quickly because the caramel with start to dry and harden. Be careful - the caramel is HOT! Side Note: As it bakes you will be able to spread the caramel out more.
  • Spread the popcorn out on the lined baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes to spread the caramel around and to break up the clumps. The finished popcorn will have a deep amber color. Remove from the oven and let the popcorn sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes to cool. Break up any clusters and pour into a serving bowl. Enjoy!
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11 Comments

  1. I love pop-corn and received a pop-corn maker for Christmas. I have enjoyed it. This looks like a wonderful bowl of pop-corn to enjoy. xo Catherine

  2. Yum! This is the perfect dessert for a little before bed TV watching 🙂

  3. What a fun way to thank your kids for their good behaviour! I’d love this popcorn too.

  4. I did all my important chores before 8AM this morning, Pam. May I please have some Caramel Popcorn???

    It’s wonderful when the kids are in sync with helping around the house. It’s even nicer that you reconize and appreciate it Pam:)

    Thanks so much for sharing…

  5. I think they call that “kettle corn” hereabouts, but I’ve always thought of it as caramel corn. It looks really good; I bet it disappeared really fast.

  6. i made popcorn using coconut oil once and i’ll never use anything else!

  7. There is no way I’d be able to keep my hands out of the popcorn bowl if this were around!

  8. This is perfect for a good movie date with my kids. They love pop corn and sweets, so what if I prepare it together in one. haha.. Thanks for this I’ll surely cook this and serve with a good lemon drinks =)