Monday

Caramel Corn

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This recipe is a holiday favorite of ours, and one of my Zach's most favorite treats.
He kept begging and begging and begging and begging that we have it, so we threw on a Christmas movie and made it. Just the two of us. I hope he always wants to help me in the kitchen, but I understand he may "grow out of that",  so I have made it a goal to take advantage of more opportunities like this one.  He was a great help!

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We begin with the butter. 4 sticks. Do you know what this means?
...It's bound to be delicious.
Melt that deliciousness down in a saucepan.

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Next, we are going to add 2 cups of brown sugar and 1 cup Karo Syrup. 
Stir this mixture until well blended and comes to a rolling boil. 
Once boiling, set your timer for 5 minutes and STOP STIRRING. 
That's right, nothing but boiling for 5 minutes. 
Make sure you are at medium heat and watch to make sure it isn't about to boil over- 
in that case, turn down your heat.

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Remember that helper of mine? Ain't he cute? There's some sort of crazy physiological response that comes with a 10 year old boy...any time you try to take their picture, they make a face, or a sound effect, or both. 

Every. Single. Time.

After the 5 minutes is up, remove your saucepan from the heat and add 1 can of Eagle Brand goodness and 1 tsp vanilla. Make sure you mix this well, taking time to really incorporate the condensed milk. 

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Once your caramel is mixed through, pour it over your popcorn. 
I usually pop 3 bags of microwave popcorn.

I've yet to venture into my own popcorn popping, but if you popped your own, rather than used the bags, I'm sure it would be even that more amazing.

My favorite way to do this is to pop the popcorn, pour the bags onto 2 cookie sheets and sift out the kernels- no one likes to bite into a kernel (speaking from experience here). After all the kernels are out and the popcorn is ready, I start the caramel making business.

You can even add some cashews, or pecans to the mix. Those are delicious too!

R E C I P E
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Cups Butter
1 Cup Karo Syrup
1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 Bags Microwave Popcorn

In saucepan, melt butter. Add sugar and Karo. Bring to boil. Turn to medium heat and let boil for 5 minutes. DO NOT STIR. Turn off the heat and add Eagle Brand Milk and vanilla. Also add nuts if you'd like. Pour over popcorn and devour.

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