Nothing says fall to me like Homemade Caramel Corn! What’s not to love about it? Ok, so you may not like the sugar and I agree. But, I fall back on the 80/20 rule and let it go!
With the holidays approaching and traditional desserts coming, there is not much chance to do anything else unless I want to pull my hair out in worry!
Who wants to do that?
As I stop and think about it, I do keep treats as treats and the vast majority of our diet is “clean”. Isn’t it easy to become obsessed with what we “should” be doing, not doing, eating, …
It is just so easy to become distracted from what are the most important things in our lives, our priorities and the boundaries that protect those things! Food, among other things can become overwhelming if we have not clearly set protective boundaries.
I love the song, “Let is Go…” from Frozen and in this case it is very applicable.
If you find yourself worried about the holidays and all the sweets your family is exposed to – let it go! Just make sure that you are daily giving good-for-you foods and especially probiotics like kefir, yogurt, homemade sauerkraut….
We are fearfully and wonderfully made and our bodies can handle a lot. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I try to make sure the family is getting the best possible nutrition but there are times and seasons that splurges are good.
Just don’t stay in splurge mode! Remeber – 80/20!
If you are pushed for time and need a quick snack to take to a party, Homemade Caramel Corn is quick and easy and just the recipe you need.
This recipe is so quick and easy, that I even use it during the vineyard pruning season (when my time in the kitchen is very limited) as a treat and pick-me-up.
Homemade caramel corn is loved by children and adults alike. There is just something about the taste that brings a smile to everyone’s face!
If you remember Cracker Jack’s you will definitely appreciate this recipe. With the peanuts added, it is a great homemade replacement without all the unnecessary ingredients!
You will be surprised at just how easy making your own homemade caramel corn is – you can thank me later 😉
The hardest part is mixing the caramel and the popcorn. And, that is not really hard!
When it comes to clean up, simply let the boiler that you mixed it all up in soak in water. The water dissolves the sugar and even clean-up is a breeze!
Homemade Caramel Corn - Quick and Easy!
Yield 5 qts
- 2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. light corn syrup
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter - make your own!
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla - make your own!
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 5 qts. popped popcorn
- 1 c. peanuts (optional)I buy my real salt, herbs and spices from my affiliate, Starwest Botanicals - because of their superior quality. Their herbs & spices are organic, non-irradiated plus, I think they are more aromatic and full flavored than any others.
- Mix in a boiler the brown sugar, light corn syrup, butter and salt.
- Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla and baking soda - mix well.
- Pour quickly over the popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
- Add peanuts if desired.
- Put in oven at 200 F for 1 hour.
- Stir every 15 minutes.
- Cool on waxed paper.
- Store in air tight container.