Candy Caramel Corn
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups candy pieces (Milk Duds, Raisinets, Reese's Pieces, Peanut Butter Cups, etc.)
  1. Pop the popcorn kernels in an air popper or over a stove top. Lightly grease a large stainless steel bowl and place the popped popcorn inside. Line two large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan mix together sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Place a cover on the pan and allow to boil for two minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking until the mixture reaches 240º F (soft ball stage). Stir in the two tablespoons of butter until melted.
  3. Let the sugar continue to cook until it reaches 300º F, then immediately stir in the salt and baking soda. The mixture will foam. Pour over popped popcorn and stir with wooden or heat resistant spoons, folding popcorn over until covered.
  4. Spread the caramel corn over the baking sheets in a thin layer. Immediately sprinkle the candy over the caramel corn, pressing lightly to secure into the mix. Allow to cool completely. Break into chunks and serve.
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