Caramel Popcorn

I’ve never been a big fan of popcorn.  In fact, when I was younger I would refuse to eat it, along with some other random things like ketchup, all salad dressings, and tomatoes.  Good things our taste buds change over time.  I’ve come to accept this movie theatre treat now.  I still can’t say I love it, but I don’t hate it anymore.  When I do make it I prefer to have it caramel-y and crunchy.  Here’s my favorite easy caramel popcorn recipe.  I found the recipe HERE, and just made a few alterations.

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Caramel Popcorn

4 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

cinnamon (for sprinkling)

Place the popped popcorn into a large brown paper bag or a large container with lid. Set aside.

In a 2 quart casserole dish, or other heat-proof glass dish, combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt and almond extract. Heat for 3 minutes in the microwave, then take out and stir until well blended. Return to the microwave, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave, and stir in the baking soda.

Pour syrup over the popcorn in the bag. Roll down the top once or twice to close the bag, and shake to coat the corn. Place bag into the microwave, and cook for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Remove, shake, flip the bag over, and return it to the microwave. Cook for another 1 minute and 10 seconds. Dump the popcorn out onto waxed paper, sprinkle with cinnamon, and let cool until coating is set. Store in an airtight container.

Now, curl up on your couch and watch a movie as you crunch away on your yummy goodness!