Grandma Paul's Caramel Corn

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Stir well. Pour over the pop corn. Stir to coat well. Bake in large roaster or pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to dry.


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First try. Easy....but need to pay attention to each step. I added some 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup almonds, crushed. Very buttery and tasty. I did a 1/4 test batch and now Sunday I will make the main batch for my superbowl party I am attending!! I think on the next batch, I will add the almonds to the liquid before I pour on popcorn so it will stick better to popcorn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this today...absolutely delicious. I am a Chef by trade, and also a now "transplant" to Florida, from Salem, MA, where i grew up, and learned my trade . Up North, we consider a sin not to add a tad bit of molasses in our cookery...I added just 1 scant tablespoon to the the boiled ingredients...Felt like I was 12 years old, and home again item not reviewed by moderator and published
what temperature should the oven be at? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfection, this recipe is a keeper. Be sure to use 8 quarts of popcorn as everyone else says, not 8 cups. This recipe is excellent as the carmel does not get hard and crunchy, but stays soft, yet firm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We added walnuts and used 12 cups of air popped corn and this came out awesome! Easy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! We've tried many caramel corn recipes to find one we like. Here's how we would tweak this one: 1. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract along with the baking soda. 2. Use mushroom popcorn kernels, which hold caramel glaze better than regular popcorn. Regular popcorn breaks into pieces when coated, which isn't as satisfying. After much searching, we found our favorite popcorn kernels for caramel corn: http://bit.ly/gGnne item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh. My. Word. This is sooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the exact recipe that I've been using since I was 12 years old. It's the best! It's gooey and sticky and rich. I get requests for it often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. You can easily double the popcorn (or half the caramel). Yummy. Just like my mom used to make when we were kids. Added roasted peanuts to my toss before putting it into the oven. I just caught my 6 yr old snagging another handful. Some things never seem to change. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! But there must be a typo ? I used 16 cups of popped popcorn instead of 8! Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/grandma-pauls-caramel-corn-recipe.html?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
Shouldn't this be Grandma Paula's Caramel Corn instead of Paul?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the best, just like my mama,s it brings back sooo many good thing about my life growing up . thank you so much.....xoxoxo item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy - with one caveat: If I had used as little popcorn as the recipe called for, I'd have had caramel studded with the occasional kernel. I ended up using at least 15 cups of popcorn (maybe closer to 18) and it is still covered and delicious and actually tastes like popcorn. I'll be drizzling some dark chocolate on this. No doubt there'll be a request for another batch in about 2 days. It's awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Caramel corn recipe should read 8 Quarts of popcorn, not 8 cups. 8 quarts = 32 cups... item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! Who knew that homemade caramel corn could taste like this? Per the other reviewers suggestions, I halved the amount of caramel and used 1 bag (just over 8 cups popped) plain microwave popcorn. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe, make it every year. Love Paula too.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful and easy to make. I halved the caramel. I love you Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I add 1 teaspoon vanilla with the baking soda. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times and it always turns out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy! I have never made caramel corn before because I thought it would be too messy. Well, I did use a lot of pans, but it was well worth it! I was making a trial run before making for Christmas gifts, but now it will be perfect for Halloween! I did use more popcorn than the recipe called for and added salted peanuts and M&M's. It turned out fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This caramel corn recipe from Paula was fantastic. It was really east. I just made the recipe as shown and it turned out fantastic. Thanks I never made caramel corn before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! My first time making carmel corn and I will def continue! I made it as a gift, put it in a jar, super popular... I also used about fifteen cups of popcorn instead of six, and am very glad I did, it is still VERY sweet and covered in syrup! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Huge hit at my daughter's birthday party! Paula is the best! First try at caramel corn and it was super easy. Doubled the caramel and it made a huge batch, which very quickly disappeared. Definitely going to make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super Delicious! Super Easy! I did find it makes way more than the recommended 8 cups of popcorn. I used a little on a small apple. Worked just fine once the caramel cooled to room temperature. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicous and easy to make. This was my first try at caramel corn and it was so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The caramel was just to sticky to eat. If you have dentures you are sure to loose them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do caramel popcorn every 4th of July but normaly I do a microwave version. This year I did this one it was awesome:! The only reason I gave it 4 star is because the amount of caramel to popcorn is way to much I had to pop more popcorn. It calls for 8 cups of popcorn I used more then double that! Love it though: item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom made this every Halloween Thank you Paula and Family for this recipe My mom is gone now So thank you !!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste was delicious however I made way more popcorn because the amount of caramel was ridiculous. I would make it again but half of the caramel and still a lot of popcorn. This came out so thick and some of the finished product was crunchy some was gooey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was divine! I also halfed the coating and it was still plenty sweet. I mixed all the coating ingredients together in the microwave because I have a Chex Mix recipe that uses the same ingredients, so knew it would be OK. That makes it UBER fast to make! Thinking about using this for my sons to peddle thru the neighborhood and earn some extra spending money - an idea sparked by "The Bag Lady" - LOL! Definitely a recipe I will go to again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Works better with 16 cups cooked popcorn than 8 cups. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Important tip to make this perfect! I read and re-read this recipe and the reviews. I don't think that 8 CUPS of popped corn is correct. I also felt that 8 QUARTS was too much. I had to make a huge amount so I doubled the recipe. HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED! I made the stove top part all in one pot but doubled the ingredients. When it came to baking the caramel corn, my roaster would not hold the entire double batch. I put half in the roaster and half in a corningware casserole dish. The batch in the roaster was perfect! Cooled nicely and did not stick together or to the teeth. The casserole dish batch was chewy and sticky. Lesson learned! I will make this again and again but only in the roasting pan from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Count me in as loving this recipe. Thinking of making it for our school's fair. Paula, what a treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE YOU Paula!! This is by far the best caramel pocorn I have ever had. I used less popcorn and they all received a nice coat of caramel. Grandma Paul blows Cracker Jacks AWAY! Awesome popcorn, I plan on making this for years to come. My girls love it. I made another caramel pocorn recipe before and was sooooo disappointed. Thank you Paula!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this popcorn but the amount of popcorn was way too much. I used 8 cups instead of quarts...delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! It was very easy to make also. I was expecting to have a sticky mess but it wasn't at all! All the kids liked it and the husband too. I will certainly be making this again and I can't wait. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe, but used less popcorn. The sauce came out really thick and it sticks to my teeth really bad. Any tips on thinning it out and making it less sticky?? Other than that, it tasted really good and I've tried a few different recipes! This one is the best so far!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! this is the best carmel corn....Very easy to make...I used less corn because I like it coated more....My husband wanted me to go buy some... Instead i made it now I think i will sell it too him for $3.99...LOL! item not reviewed by moderator and published
@Booch Smith: I've had a similar issue and I wonder if humidity / temperature has something to do with it. I just made another batch the other day and it was shiny and buttery and perfect - but when I made it a few months ago the coating was very granular. Another issue might be the introduction of water into the caramel coating - not sure if that happened. I also use a recipe that calls for vanilla and cooks at 250°, so those two changes might help you. Good luck! This is a great recipe, by the way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What am I doing wrong? I have made this recipe for 25 yrs but it now comes out cloudy and sugary after it bakes. It used to come out with a shine and crispy. I love it but need help now as I have tried everything I can think of and have had this problem for about 8 yrs. Please help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing but happy people wanting more of this! Read most of the reviews, and even so my first batch didn't turn out so well. Tried some things that really helped the rest of the batches come out perfect. 1. Let the butter melt before adding the rest of the stuff. 2. Don't start your 5 minute timer till the mixture is at a boil. By melting the butter first, it will start to look foamy, like English Toffee does. Mixture about doubles in size. When, I added the baking soda. Instead of making the mixture rise, it actually shrinks it down. This is okay, it makes your caramel spread over the corn. Use 4 QTS of corn and this coats it all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and a great tasting caramel corn. I made it for a bake sale where there are always lots and lots of traditional baked goods so I was looking for something different. I calculated that 8 quarts of popcorn would be 32 cups. If you want a totally caramel coated mixture you should use less popcorn. This comes out lightly coated with some white from the popcorn showing. I like it better than a heavy coating--not so overwhelmingly sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First made chocolate peanut butter popcorn and was dying to make Carmel Corn. I love Paula's recipe but did not have corn syrup. Made a batch of corn syrup and it was worth it. The Carmel Corn was easy to make. I did spray my pan with butter flavored non stick spray. I'm taking it to a party tomorrow. I put it in the clear roaster bags made to roast a turkey. Don't miss out it's fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easiest and tastiest caramel corn ever but I did use a disposable foil pan to hold the popcorn. I have made 3 batches in the last two weeks for different events. I made a test batch both light and dark brown sugar because recipe doesn't specify. People liked the dark brown sugar end result better. I bought grocery store deli popcorn to save a step and it was wonderful because of the butter and salted popcorn with the chewy dark caramel coating...delish! Both were a hit at our parties! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this twice so far and had great reviews. I keep the ratio the same so as not to overpower the popcorn; I love popcorn in general and don't want to feel like I'm eating straight candy. I also sent some to my husband in Afghanistan and brothers in Germany and California...they all said it got to them still tasting great and requesting more! I'm going to make it again for Thanksgiving but I am going to try adding some roasted peanuts, so maybe I will decrease the popcorn a little on account of the peanuts. Make sure you have plenty of people to share with! item not reviewed by moderator and published
1st time trying, easy recipe that I made with my great nieces. Used my roasting pan which worked out great. thanks for sharing your recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Found this to be chewy. Baking it does dry it out some but not enough for my tastes. Not a hit with me - I have certainly found better recipes. Also found the size of the recipe to be almost unmanageable - need a bowl that will hold 8 quarts of popcorn with enough room to stir it. Not exactly a household item. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everybody Enjoy that Recipe so much Thank You Paula Deen your the best in the south item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making it and turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is my third time making it, easy and so tasty!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nom! Been using this recipe for a few years now, always get raves when I make it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe was easy to make. i changed one thing an added one teaspoon of vanilla when i put the baking soda in.. very addictive an will use again an again thanks so much ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Insanely easy and delicious! I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Otherwise, made exactly as instructed. Turned out perfectly. Kind of addictive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
hit it outta da ball park! i forgot the baking soda, so can't wait to see if that improves - mine was a tiny bit grainy. but, oh sooooo delish. I had used truffle salt the night before, and then used this recipe for the left-overs. really good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a perfect recipe, but I made an easy mistake. The first couple times I made it, the results were gourmet quality. The next couple times, the caramel didn't dry to the perfect shiny veneer of the initial batches and I realized the difference was that I had used dark brown sugar. Use the light sugar and real butter and you'll get raves from the crowd every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OH MY PAULA DEEN YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!! : This is AMAZING!!! i made it because i just got a popcorn popper and was crazing caramel corn...it is SOOO GOOD!!! my mom and dad think it is the best caramel corn they have ever had!!! i agree : i did make a little change to the recipe: i only popped 2/3 cup of popcorn (about 5-4 quarts of popped popcorn and used the whole amount of caramel mixture so the popcorn was extra-covered!!! mmmmm... and CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE IT AGAIN!!! MAKE THIS POPCORN IN IS SO GOOD YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! :::::::::::::::: item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS IS THE EASIEST AND BEST CARAMEL POPCORN EVER. I KNOW THAT IT IS GOING TO BE A BIG HIT WITH MY MOTHER. ALL SHE ASKED FOR FOR CHRISTMAS WAS CARAMEL POPCORN. SO....I MADE IT AND ADDED LOTS OF LOVE TO THE RECIPE. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for xmas gifts! Easy and delcious! Thanks Mrs. Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and fun to make!! I made it to share with the girls at work and they all loved it! Paula Deen ..... you did it again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I have ever made caramel corn...I loved it and so did my three year old! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the one. I used 1/2 the popcorn, because we like it really coated. The key to me was the 200 degree oven. Other recipes I tried were at 250. That turned the caramel into a crispy but grainy coating, because at 250 and above, the caramel keeps cooking, and most ovens aren't 100% accurate. Good stuff! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty! Read the other reviews but here is what I did and recommend: popped 1 1/2 cups kernels popcorn the old fashioned way (in a pot with oil, used 1 1/2 cups brown sugar plus 1/2 cup white and boiled slowly for 5 min - perfect. Added 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (per another reviewer just before the baking soda. (Be careful when adding the soda as it will expand in your saucepan due to the chemical reaction. Placed popped corn two inches deep in roaster pan and about as high as it would go in large jelly roll pan and THEN drizzled caramel sauce over popcorn and gently stirred. Don't worry about it not covering every kernel. As you bake at 200 degrees, you will stir gently every 15 min and the sauce will coat the other kernels. Cools quickly on wax paper or parchment. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
made it as written the first time. very good, but didn't get the crunch i wanted. then made it again 2 days later using WHITE sugar and it was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe. This is the first time I have made it, and it was so easy, and pretty flexible too. I went to put in the baking soda and realized I had no baking soda. I pulled the pan off the burner and ran to the store, bout a 8 min round trip, and then came back and added the soda to finish it, and it still turned out beautifully. Will definitely make it again, it was so easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe to make caramel corn for the first time. It turned out beautifully, even without using a candy thermometer for the coating. I did read the other reviews and made less popcorn than 8 quarts and have a very generous coating on my popcorn. Definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out perfectly! I added some chopped pecans and couldn't have been happier with the results. So good my husband and I can't stop eating it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is AMAZING!! It is so so so easy and absolutely delicious!! I know what I'm making for holiday treats : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very tasty...Split the batch in half and added hazelnuts to half and pecans to the rest...Disappeared very quickly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY wife has never had homemade carmel corn,and it's been years since i had it. All i hear is the sounds of heaven since she's been eating it...lol.This stuff is WONDERFUL!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The perfect balance of gourmet and ease. Taking it to the fireworks tonight! So far, 3 kids and a mom's thumbs up!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooooooo yummy!! This is perfect for a kids snack or for family game night! Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best caramel corn recipe I've ever made (and I've tried plenty)! When I made my first batch, everyone loved it so much I had to make another the next night. It's sweet, crunchy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS!! I make this for holidays and kid parties! I sub brown rice syrup for the corn syrup and add some extra popcorn and pecans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew I shouldn't have made this but did anyway because I just couldn't shake the craving for caramel corn. It is very good, but in my opinion it is not "wonderful" and certainly not "as good as Garretts". Which is a good thing because by my calculations the syrup mixture is no less than 4000 calories. It's a cruel cruel (delicious thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for the first time and it was WONDERFUL so easy to make...the hardest part is the waiting on it to cool off enough to eat... item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Yummy! I usually use a different recipe, but today I couldn't find it. Lucky me! This is so buttery and yummy I am not going to bother to look for my old recipe. Another home run Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Best Caramel Corn Ever!!!!! So easy to make and very tasty. I made it in my roaster oven and it turn out great. I even added a cup of peanuts. So very very good!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good and so ridiculously easy, I HATE that I know it exists! I made it with 2 bags of microwave popcorn and it's the PERFECT ratio of caramel:popcorn. Because the popcorn was salted, I used a scant teaspoon of salt so it wouldn't be too overpowering. It's so good, every time we take it out of the oven at 15 minutes to stir, my husband and I steal a few bites. Heaven. Next time we're gonna add some peanuts ... and maybe a little chipotle for a warm kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love, love this recipe! I have had to make on multiple occasions and many friends keep calling to ask for more. The recipe is great if you use less popcorn. I think I will try to use the Chester's Puff Corn as another reviewer has suggested. You do not know what you are missing if you do not try this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Any recipe from Paula Deen involving a stick of butter is without a doubt bound to be incredible. I like my caramel corn chewy, so I skip the last step of putting it in the oven-this stuff is downright addictive!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Christmas gifts and got rave reviews. Just the right amount of carmel for me and it distributed nicely during the hour of cooking and stirring. After it cooled I drizzled some chocolate all over it. Yum!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only gave this a 2 because I expect more accuracy from a professional's recipe. This recipe had two problems. First, as previously noted by others, there was nowhere near enough caramel coating for 8 quarts of popcorn. The second time we made this, we did 5 quarts of popcorn with the same amount of caramel and it was perfect. Also, boiling on a medium heat for 5 minutes created a caramel that was much too stiff to stir into the popcorn without breaking the popcorn. The second time we made this, we cooked it for about 3 minutes at a lower boil. Perfecto! Also, we didn't have light corn syrup so I used dark, which works fine, but does give a stronger 'browner' flavor. Next time I'm going to try it with honey which is also a good substitute for karo syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious and easy to make. Everybody loves it. I use 2 bags of Chester's Puff Corn instead of popcorn. There aren't any hulls or hard kernels this way. I have made 3 batches since Thanksgiving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fun one...I am making it for Christmas gifts this year...I save pretty jars all year long and make a home-made gift for friends and Church nursery workers :)...last year I made latte mix w/chocolate covered spoons...this year I am putting this caramel corn in the jars and then decorating them...it was simple to make, and tasted great!...I didn't have enough brown sugar..so I subbed some white sugar..it worked fine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a get together and someone thought is was Garrett's (world famous popcorn company. And I bagged them in cute baggies with red ribbon and gave them as Christmas gifts to my mom's group--the compliments kept rolling in. Thanks, Paula! This is clearly a winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm SO glad that I found this recipe! It's exactly like the one that I've used for years, but couldn't find my copy this year. I actually did the "Happy Dance" in the kitchen when I found it, as everyone is wanting my caramel corn already. A few of things that you should know before making this... 1) always use real butter - not margarine 2) do NOT double the recipe - you can always make multiple batches 3) 3 bags of microwave popcorn is just the right amount item not reviewed by moderator and published
Here are tips I've come up with: -Three 3.3 oz micro bags of name brand butter flavor makes just right amt corn. --Empty each into big bowl, bad kernels go to bottom, then scoop by hand into your big pot. --Used 1/2 tsp more salt, also added 1 tsp vanilla right before soda --Don't worry about candy thermometer-just get a good goop going, 5 min is fine --Take bottom rack out of stove and use a big soup pot for baking part. --Stir with Teflon spatula coated w/cooking spray. Hope these tips helped; I am inept with this type of thing but in second year finally am in my caramel corn groove! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM! Takes a while with all the stirring but really worth it. Yield is huge and doesn't cost much at all to make. Careful not to have your caramel too hot when you put the baking soda in, yikes :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe but how can you go wrong with Paula and butter. I did add some vanilla just for that little extra. Taking it to a Halloween party this weekend I can not imagine that I will be bringing any home item not reviewed by moderator and published
just plain good item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good, so easy! OK folks, give up on the microwave bags! I love my Power Pop microwave popper. Easy, cheap and no chemicals. Two minutes and it's done! I put the popcorn in a big bowl, then shake to make the seeds fall to the bottom. Then I scoop out handfulls into another bowl and leave the seeds behind. I make 1/2 batch of caramel at a time to make things easier. I usually use a thermometer too (like in previous comment), but I find that 5 minutes is just about right. Once I left it a little longer and it was even better. I can't wait until Halloween so I can make a big batch for the neighborhood (and leave a little for myself :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, but my roaster pan isnt even CLOSE to big enough. Used 3 cake pans & still spilled at every "stir". Yummy, though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This caramel corn is easy and tastes like you spent hours slaving over a hot stove. I make it for every family get together and it's gone in no time at all. Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy Cow Paula!!! This is the first time I have ever made caramel corn because I thought it would be hard... NOT!! This was so easy and I keep taking pieces every time I stir it! I added walnuts for a extra treat!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is soo good! my mom and i made this today and it is addictive and once i pulled it out of the oven i put rergular white sugar on top and mixed it it was soo good!! i'm eating it now!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used three 3.3oz, normal bags of microwave popcorn because I like it to be really caramel-y. Four bags would probably been fine too, just not quite as coated. I boiled the caramel 5 minutes, to 255 degrees on the candy thermometer. It turned out good--shiny and smooth. Does anyone else have an opinion on this? I like to use a candy thermometer whenever I can because I don't like to guess. I think adding the 1/2 tsp vanilla is a good idea too, and I also tried to pick out all the unpopped kernals--ouch, be careful!! Also make sure your roasting pan is large enough to comfortably stir the popcorn in. The more spread out it can be the better it will "toast". A couple no-brainers that I still fell victim to: #1 Caramel is HOT (duh), so be sure to use long-handled utensils to stir in caramel, and turn corn over with in pan. Table knives worked well. If caramel gets on you it WILL burn. Probably not the best recipe to have kids help with--except with the corn popping. #2 Someone else made this comment too, but the 2qt sauce pan overflows once you add in the baking soda, so a 3 qt would be better. Addictive!! :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stuff is amazing! I'm going to add it to my Fourth of July snack menu and make it again at Christmas! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I MADE THIS A FEW TIMES AND I NEVER GOT TO TAKE ANY HOME WITH ME THEY WERE ALL FIGHTING OVER IT...IT ALSO WAS THE BOWL EVERYONE WAS HANGING AROUND AND LOTS OF YUMMY COMMENTS. I MADE IT IN ONE OF THOSE THROW AWAY ALUMINUM PANS AND WAS ABLE TO COVER IT AND TAKE IT TO THE PARTY. I HAVE ALSO JUST USED PLAIN POPPED POPCORN FROM THE GROCERY STORE AND IT WAS GREAT--NEVER USED MICROWAVE POPCORN. I ALSO THREW IN SOME CHOCOLATE PIECES AND PNUTS DEPENDING ON THE CROWD. ALL AGES LOVED IT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So after a little calculating (as I had actual popcorn in a jar and not just microwave bags) I took other reviewers advice and used 1/2 cup in a deep heavy-bottomed pot. The only problem was, 1/2 the kernels didn't pop. So I had a few mini-bags of 100-calorie microwave popcorn, and once they were cooked, I dumped them onto a cookie sheet so all the unpopped kernels would sift to the bottom and I wouldn't have to worry about an unwelcome crunch, or broken tooth. So all that popcorn went into a roasting pan (don't attempt this on a cookie sheet, because you won't be able to stir it like you need to) then I topped it with about 1 cup of raw peanuts. I, too, boiled this for a little over 5 minutes (maybe closer to 6, as I wasn't sure when really, really boiling meant - I mean, just bubbles around the edge of the pot, or a rolling boil?) so I compromised, started with the bubbles, then when I got to 5:30 I added about another minute. But here's a warning - make this in a saucepan large enough (I used a 2 1/2 qt) because when you add that baking soda, when you start to stir it in it REALLY puffs up, nearly boiled up over the edge so I mean watch it. I also added 1/2 tsp of vanilla after the baking soda. How does it taste? That reviewer that said the only problem is you just can't stop eating it - wow - they were right. This is not hard at all - and totally worth it. I wanted to have something that rivaled the caramel corn at the Arclite Theater in LA - and this is IT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
oops, just saw it. 200 :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
No, Paula is referring to her Grandma Paul. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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