Spiced Holiday Caramel Popcorn

Use all nuts (roughly broken) of your choice, dried fruit of your choice or simply omit them all together and just enjoy crispy, spiced caramel popcorn. I use buttered and salted popcorn because everything just seems to go so well together.

Spiced Holiday Caramel Popcorn

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

55 minutes

Serves

4 people

What I love about this homemade caramel corn recipe is that you don’t have to stick with the add­-ins I have described.

Use all nuts (roughly broken) of your choice, dried fruit of your choice or simply omit them all together and just enjoy crispy, spiced caramel popcorn. I use buttered and salted popcorn because everything just seems to go so well together.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts popcorn, popped, buttered and salted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar, dark or light
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup, regular or dark
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup mixed, dried fruit and nuts

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat oven to 250­F. Grease a large cookie pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • 2 Grease a large bowl with spray and place popcorn in it; set aside.
  • 3 In a medium saucepan, melt butter, sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • 4 When everything is melted and well combined, leave it alone and allow it to boil 5 minutes.
  • 5 In order to tell if it is ready, dip a spoon into syrup and drop some on a plate. If it is sticky, but not firm, it is ready. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  • 6 It will froth up, which is normal. Once it subsides, stir in the vanilla, spices and dried fruit and nuts.
  • 7 Drizzle evenly over the popcorn in the prepared bowl and immediately mix until everything is coated.
  • 8 Transfer to prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring it up every 10 minutes.
  • 9 Remove from oven to cool completely on a pan until crunchy.
  • 10 Transfer to a large bowl, breaking it up as you are doing so. Serve.

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