Dec 30, 2011

Snickers Caramel Corn

I had a thought this morning that I feel is important to share with all of you. It's part confession/part illustration of how amazing this popcorn is. I was listening to the amazing Jason Mraz and I thought, "I need him to move in to my house. I need a permanent serenade-r. How could I get him to do this? The POPCORN!!! If I just pay him in this popcorn, he'll be sure to stay. Right? Then I could pretend I live in a movie where the perfect theme music comes on in all of the important moments of my life." True story. Morale of the story? This popcorn is amazing enough to convince Jason Mraz to move in with my family of 6. He totally would, ya know. Wouldn't you want to dive in to this and stuff your face, too?

 And it's whole grain (as all popcorn is) so it's totally healthy too. Right? The whole grain-ness cancels out all of the other stuff. Especially the butter. Oh and the sugar. And of course the chocolate, too. See? Guilt free never looked so good.

If I still haven't convinced you by my mindless blabbering (or if you just got distracted by the words chocolate, butter, and Jason Mraz) then just look at the pictures. And wipe the drool off your chin.

Snickers Caramel Corn
(adapted from How Sweet Eats)

1/2 cup unsalted butter*
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 cups air-popped popcorn (about 6 tablespoons before popping)
25 fun size Snickers

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Slice candy bars into sixths (in half, then into thirds).

In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add in sugar and corn syrup, whisking until dissolved, then let simmer (without mixing) until mixture begins to bubble – about 4 minutes. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes more until caramel is amber in color, this time stirring every 30 seconds or so in order for the sugar to not burn.

Turn off heat and whisk in vanilla, salt and baking soda. Gently fold in popcorn, turning it over and over again until it’s coated. Fold in about 1 1/2 cups of the candy bars, then spread popcorn on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping every few minutes to ensure that all the popcorn is coated. Remove from oven and top with remaining candy bars. Let cool completely, then break into bite-sized pieces. Or just eat while it's all ooey gooey. With a big glass of milk.

* If you don't have unsalted butter, just don't add the salt later in the recipe. Trust me on this...

*Featured on this sweets for saturday post. Thanks Lisa!


Lisa said...

Yum, I don't think caramel corn can get any better than that. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your caramel corn up.

Kim and Julie said...

Yum! Two of my favorite things combined. Saw your recipe on Lisa's sweets for a Saturday link party. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Mercure said...

Wow, I love snickers, I love popcorn. It's a no-brainer that I would LOVE this. Thanks for sharing. I saw this on Lisa's Sweet as Sugar Cookies and had to comment.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Ok, seriously? This should be outlawed. Oh. My. Goodness. That looks amazing. I love caramel corn and I love snickers.

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