Caramel Popcorn

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

Ingredients

16 cups of unsalted freshly popped popcorn
1 cup of packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
3 tablespoons of molasses
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Very lightly brush a large shallow baking sheet with vegetable oil.
  2. Place the popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and molasses in a Circulon saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir once and boil 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the extract, baking soda, and salt. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir well to evenly coat. Transfer the popcorn to the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the popcorn 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, transfer to a bowl and stir to break up any large clumps that may have formed. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Store in a zip-top plastic bag for up to 2 weeks.