My husband and I enjoy many movie nights at our house, he has our living room sounding and looking better than any theater. We have the full surround sound with a projector that my husband uses to put the movie on our wall; the screen size is about 96 inches. I love doing movies at our home for many reasons, to start with it is much cheaper to rent a blue ray movie for the theater quality picture and sound, it is just as good, if not better than any theater. Secondly, snacks are way less expensive at home, we consume a great deal of popcorn and who can afford the $15.00 for a soda and large tub of corn. For tonight's movie time I decided to make caramel corn, I have not made any in about 8 years. This recipe I am using came from someone my husband knows from work, her recipe and mine are the same except she uses the vanilla and her recipe uses light corn syrup but I prefer the color with the dark. I thought this would be a great new snack idea to ring in the first movie night of the New Year.
1 C. - Butter
2 C. - Brown Sugar
1/2 C. - Dark Corn Syrup (or light)
1 Tsp. - Salt
1/2 Tsp. - Baking Soda
1 Tsp. - Vanilla Extract (optional)
5 Q. - Popped Popcorn
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place the popped corn into a roasting pan (a toss out kind works well). In a large soup pot melt the butter over medium heat, stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and stir for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda, stir for about 30 seconds until the color changes and it gets fluffy. Pour the caramel over the popped corn and stir until well coated. Bake in the oven for 1 hour; bring out every 15 minutes to give it a good stir. Once the corn is done turn out onto wax paper or parchment paper to cool, once cooled break the large sections of corn into smaller pieces and enjoy.
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