That's right! This irresistible caramel corn is my husband's recipe. This stuff is so delicious! Seriously, I will never buy caramel corn again. It's light, airy, sweet, salty, buttery caramel taste will have you wanting to eat the whole batch.
This recipe is pretty simple and today I am going to share with you some of my husband's tips and tricks to help you make the most delicious caramel corn. So let's get started.
This recipe calls for plain popped popcorn. We discovered it's super easy to pop plain popcorn in the microwave using a brown paper bag. Just simply add 1/3 cup of unpopped popcorn kernels to a small lunch sized brown paper bag. Fold the top of the bag down about one inch. Press the popcorn button on your microwave and let the popping begin! If you don't have that button then cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. I believe we had to do this about 4 times to get 7 quarts of popcorn.
Weeding through the unpopped kernels transfer the popped popcorn to a large bowl. If you don't have a bowl you can spread the popcorn out onto two cookie sheets. We cover our cookie sheets with my silicone baking mats for easy clean up. It's not required but it sure does make clean up much easier. If you don't have a silicone baking mat then I recommend using foil.
Now it's time to gather the ingredients for the caramel topping. For this recipe my husband uses margarine instead of butter. I tried making it with butter, and I realized margarine works much better. Which is a plus in my book because it is much cheaper!
Cook the caramel topping according to the recipe directions. Make sure to stir the mixture constantly to prevent it from burning. Once the caramel topping has finished cooking pour over the popcorn and give it a good stir. This is when my husband's tricks come into play. There are two things that he does that really keep the popcorn light and crunchy compared to thick, sticky and chewy (which you don't want).
Transfer the popcorn to the cookie sheets. Stir the popcorn every 15 minutes for one hour then transfer to wax paper to cool. Enjoy!
Oven Baked Caramel Corn
* **Make sure to read the notes before making your caramel corn.