It’s that season….ooey-gooey, yummy, caramel corn season! It just really isn’t Halloween with out some type of caramel corn, don’t you think? And it’s never been easier than when you use powdered milk to do it! It’s as easy as making your own Sweetened Condensed Milk (you know when you use the cannery milk to make it, you can make for as little as $1.50 a can-CHEAP!) Hopefully, you have some popping corn on hand. It’s a great addition to your food storage. Easy to pop and is a great snack for kids and adults. And this snack has just become a new staple at your house. It’s great as neighborhood gifts or to munch on during a movie. Add nuts or other add-ins to make it different every time.
- 2 C. brown sugar (2 C. white sugar + 2 T. molasses)
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1/2 C. hot water + 1 C. powdered milk + 1 C. sugar-blended in your blender until smooth)
- 1 cup Karo syrup (light corn syrup)
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup of unpopped popcorn
- Pop your popcorn in an air popper machine. My machine only allows ½ cup of kernels at a time so I had two separate batches that I had to pop.
- Cook the brown sugar (if you're making your own brown sugar, no need to mix the sugar and molasses before hand! Just pour it all in and you're done--EASY!), Karo syrup, and ½ cup of butter over the stove on medium high heat and bring to a boil. Add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir continually for about 3 to 4 minutes until it gets to the soft ball stage (use a candy thermometer or until it clings together when you drop some in cold water). It will burn if you cook it too long, so make sure you are stirring continuously and watch it closely.
- When it is finished cooking, take your pot off the stove and pour the caramel sauce over your air popped popcorn. Mix until all the popcorn is completely coated. You will need a very large bowl to mix it all together!
- If you don't like ooey-gooey caramel popcorn, pour popcorn onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake in a 275 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
MAKING YOUR OWN BROWN SUGAR
Did you notice that you can make your own brown sugar? I actually don’t even buy brown sugar anymore. All the baby-sitting, and making a mess when I measure it-blah! I purchase a large gallon of molasses from Smart and Final (check your local warehouse stores) and use it to make my own brown sugar. You don’t need to mix it together before you add it to the recipe. Just add the sugar and the molasses needed and keep going. SO EASY! And if you do it right, much cheaper than traditional brown sugar.
1 cup sugar + 1 T. molasses = 1 cup light brown sugar.