When Nancy and I were thinking of ideas for Halloween desserts. I said Caramel Corn is delicious. And Nancy said Candy Corn is delicious. Would they taste good together we asked? Well the answer is yes they do. We give you … Candy Corn Caramel Popcorn!
How to Make Candy Corn Caramel Popcorn
You will need:
- 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
- 1 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted)
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- Candy Corn
- Candy Corn Special M&M mix
Start with approximately 10 cups of popcorn. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels. You don’t want to bite down on one of those! We pop our popcorn on the stove (you can find our directions on How to Make Perfect Popcorn here) but you can use air-popped or microwave.
Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Stirring continuously, bring the butter and sugar mixture up to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the 2 tsp. of vanilla at the 4 minute mark.
After boiling for 5 minutes, add the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. This will cause the caramel to change colors and foam up a bit. This is the chemical reaction that you want. The bubbling effect of the baking soda will aerate the caramel and make it lighter and smoother and therefore easier to coat the Candy Corn Caramel Popcorn.
Drizzle 3/4 of the caramel mixture over the popcorn. Use a spoon to gently fold the popcorn with the mixture until the kernels are all covered. Save 1/4 of the mixture to the side.
Pour the popcorn out onto a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil or a silpat liner.
Now you need to get your Candy Corn and M&M’s ready to add to the Caramel Corn. We used the special Halloween Candy Corn M&M mix. It has white chocolate inside of the yellow, orange and white candy shells. You could also use the orange and yellow candies from a regular bag of M&M’s if you would rather have milk chocolate.
To get the candy to stick to the popcorn, drizzle the remaining caramel mixture over the caramel corn and immediately sprinkle the candy on the areas with the drizzled caramel mixture.
Our family loves this popcorn so it has never lasted longer than a day at our house. This popcorn definitely tastes best right after it is made but will keep for a few days in an airtight container. The popcorn is a little chewier the next day because it absorbs some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture but it still tastes good.
Our Candy Corn Caramel Popcorn is a fun and delicious Halloween treat and did we mention how easy it is to make? Happy Halloween, everyone!
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