Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gabe's Firehouse Caramel Corn

This is a delicious, chewy caramel corn recipe that doesn't need to be baked in the oven.
It's quick to make and only requires a handful of ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen!

I have been lucky enough to sample this wonderful caramel corn when Gabe has made a  batch for his crew at the fire station.  Little warning…it's hard to stop eating!!

Gabe's Firehouse Carmel Corn
3/4 cup unpopped popcorn, popped
1 stick of butter
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 rounded tsp salt
1 cup or more, optional nuts, I used salted. Mixed are delicious as well as plain peanuts.
2-3 Tbsp molasses - optional (I used this in mine)

Hand lift popcorn from one bowl into another to ensure no unpopped seeds are left. Sprinkle optional nuts over popcorn and set aside.

In a saucepan melt butter on low heat. Add Karo syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add optional molasses at this time as well. Mix well.
Bring to a low boil and cook about 2-4 minutes or until it reaches a soft ball stage. Test by dropping a small amount of caramel mixture into a glass of ice water. Remember…we want chewy, not hard.

Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and nuts. Mix well until all kernels are coated.
Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper or onto a nonstick surface. Let cool a bit or dig in!

Enjoy!  And thanks again Gabe, for letting me share your recipe on my blog!

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