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Stacie’s Inaugural Post

December 18, 2009
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Hello world!

It is with great joy and honor that I present to you my very first post on Sarah, Shelly and Brett’s illustrious cooking blog. I enter this format with much trepidation, so please do not pulverize me in the comments section (or I’m afraid my ego will never let me come back). However, needless to say, I’m pleased to bring you a scrumptuous, little recipe for caramel corn!

To be totally honest, I’m kind of bummed this is my first post. I was hoping for something a little more culinarily challenging, but when you’ve procrastinated past the point of apologies, this is what you’re reduced to. So, CARAMEL CORN it is!



Ingredients
12 cups of popped corn
1 cup of roasted pecans
1 cup of M&Ms (optional)
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 large brown paper grocery bag

I’d like to preface the instructions by stating you can use whatever kind of popcorn you’d like. Precooked popcorn, microwave popcorn, stovetop cooked popcorn. I personally cooked my corn on the stovetop in oil (cheapest!).

Instructions
1) Place popcorn and roasted nuts in brown paper grocery bag. Shake it up a little to combine (If you’d like, you can add pretzels too!)

2) Melt butter in microwave for approximately 1 minute. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to a minute, and then placed back in the microwave for 2 more minutes. The mixture will bubble and boil. Do not be alarmed!

3) Add baking soda to sugar mixture. It was get foamy, but once it starts to do this… carefully pour it on top of the caramel corn. Fold over the paper bag and start to shake!

4) Throw it back in the microwave for another minute. Take it out and shake again. Then another minute in the microwave. Open the bag, add the M&Ms and shake for 30 seconds one last time!

Voila! Just spread it over a cookie sheet and let it get crunchy! You can break it up and start munching on it within 5 minutes.

Here’s an idea: For an inexpensive Christmas gift, I put mine in Christmas-themed Chinese take-out boxes. Good for coworkers or neighbors!

Either way, this is such an easy snack to make… I hope that you enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2009 1:13 pm

    Awesome! I love caramel corn and I love the Chinese gift box idea. You're so snazzy.

  2. December 18, 2009 4:50 pm

    Well lady… you're in luck, cuz I've got one for you sitting on my counter! 😉

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