Ever heard of Chicago mix popcorn?? It's a delightful mix of cheddar popcorn with caramel popcorn. Sounds weird, I know, but trust me on this one. If you like the salty sweet mix, you will LOVE this ... if you don't .. well just use regular buttered popcorn and go for it. Really easy to make, just takes a little time in the oven. I used Paula Deen's caramel corn recipe as the base for the caramel.
2 bags cheddar popcorn (I used Orville Reddenbacher's White Cheddar)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (you can use salted butter just don't add any additional salt)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp kosher salt (you can use regular salt if you don't have kosher salt)
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup ( optional)
1/2 tsp baking soda
Set your oven to 200 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large saucepan on medium heat, add the butter, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and maple syrup. Boil this mixture for 5 minutes. Then add the baking soda and give it a good stir.
Dump your popcorn onto the lined baking sheet
Evenly pour your sugar mixture over the waiting popcorn and mix it around
Bake for about an hour, mix your popcorn around every 15 minutes or so. You want your caramel to harden over the popcorn. It's done when it has hardened.
And you're done! Quick and easy.
|Sugar mixture bubbling away|
|Ready to go in the oven|
|This is the popcorn I used|
|I call this picture CORNucopia bah ha ha|