perfect baked caramel corn

I'm re-posting an old recipe today, because the post I had planned didn't happen.

And, because you need to make this caramel corn.  You really, really need to make it.

Trust me.

Make this caramel corn today.

You can thank me later!

This is not originally my recipe...  it has been in my family for years and we have all enjoyed making and eating it!

Seriously the BEST caramel corn you've ever had!  (If I do say so myself...)

Oh, and by the way...  Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!!!

Baked Caramel Corn Recipe

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup popcorn kernels, air popped (about 6 quarts)

Preheat the oven to 250ºF.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, and then let it boil without stirring for 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla.  Gradually pour the hot caramel over the popcorn, stirring well until well-coated.

Spread the caramel corn onto 2 greased rimmed baking sheets and place them both in the oven.  Bake for 15 minutes, take the pans out, stir the caramel corn and rotate the sheets (top to bottom) and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven and let cool before breaking into small chunks and storing in ziploc bags!  (This caramel corn freezes really well!  Perfect make-ahead holiday gifts!!)

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by kerrygold.

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