This recipe is from a friend I went to high school with. It was her grandma's special recipe. I have never found another baked caramel corn recipe I liked better. This is the real deal right here!!
This caramel corn can be made with or without nuts and with either light or dark corn syrup. The caramel corn will be light, crunchy, and sooo delicious you will not be able to stop at one or two handfuls!!
1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
6 qts. popped popcorn. Remove any kernels that didn't pop.
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts, cashews or peanuts. (optional)
Preheat oven to 250.
Melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil and gently boil for 5 minutes, stirring entire time. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and vanilla.
Pour mixture over popcorn and add in nuts if you choose. Mix well.
Divide coated popcorn onto two large baking sheets with edges. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour turning over or gently stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.