Sunday, July 22, 2007

I'm crazy protractor man, give me some caramel popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn, originally uploaded by mud pie gourmet.

I am obsessed with caramel popcorn. I don't know when it began. I remember eating caramel popcorn at my friend, Carrie's house and watching Adventures in Babysitting. When we lived in Charlottesville we had an Easter brunch with some friends with an Easter Egg Hunt afterwards for the kids, AND the adults. The adults wrote things on small pieces of paper that they would do for others and put them inside an egg. For example: a free dinner, free babysitting, or my personal favorite: caramel popcorn. The egg we found had a note which read "One large bowel of caramel popcorn." We had a nice laugh at the misspelling, and I ate almost all of that popcorn by myself. I eat it until I get sick. I can't stop myself.

I am a Nazi when it comes to what my kids eat, so you can imagine my brother-in-law's surprise when I made caramel popcorn for the cousins. He was also shocked that my kids had never had butter popcorn, yet they had had caramel popcorn (which has a whole stick of butter in it)! Some things are too good to be missed.

Wondering about that title? Gotta love S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night. Especially the old school days. Everyday my daughter asks me when we are going to Pumpkinville. I tell her that it's not open until Halloween time. Who doesn't associate caramel popcorn with Halloween? Adam Sandler should have said "I'm crazy newspaper face, give me some caramel popcorn!"

Caramel Popcorn

5-6 cups cooked popcorn (I have even used microwave popcorn)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, milk and salt together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda and stir. Pour over popped popcorn and mix.


henryteachers said...

We love popcorn over here! Definitely going to try out your caramel recipe. Yum Yum!

TWilton said...

You and you metabolism makes me ill:) You eat whole 'bowels' o caramel popcorn at once, and can't even weigh enough to donate at the local blood drive. On the other hand, after I just SAW the picture of the stuff on your blog, knew the next decision would be Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig?

TWilton said...

PS... I am so glad someone else I know and respect watches out for what their kids eat. I was starting to feel completely alone in the world...particularly in Utah. "No, Mrs. Nursery Leader, Maddox CANNOT have 12 Oreo cookies for a afternoon snack!"

Amanda said...

Mmmm... I remember eating that caramel popcorn like it was yesterday. It's nice to know the recipe now!

nessa said...

i will definitely be making this SOON! i mean wow, that looks good! and i used to love that skit on SNL! it took me back when i read the title!

nessa said...

so, i made this for gracie's birthday party and it was sooo yummy! thanks for the great recipe!