Monday, September 27, 2010
Weekly Challenge - Make a Memory (and some caramel popcorn)
Due to my recent health issues, I am trying to eat better and not eat as much junk food and overprocessed crap. Soooooooooo I found this reciped in O magazine for caramel corn and decided to give it a shot .... yes it has sugar and butter in it, but that's better than a bunch of preservatives that I can't pronounce. Yesterday me and the girlies made this and we all ate it while watching The Amazing Race last night. It might just be the best caramel corn that I have ever had.
Honey Caramel Corn Balls
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3/4 tsp. baking soda
10 cups (1 plain microwave bag, or 1/4 cup kernels) popcorn , popped
2 tsp. fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups honey-roasted peanuts (or other nuts)
Total time: 40 minutes
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugars, honey, and corn syrup and cook to 300° over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Mixture will be thick and bubbly. Add baking soda and stir carefully to incorporate.
Remove any unpopped kernels from popcorn, then place in a lightly oiled bowl. Pour caramel over popcorn and toss to combine, using oiled, heatproof spatulas or wooden spoons. When popcorn has cooled slightly but is not quite set, mix in salt and peanuts. With oiled hands, form into 2-inch balls. Keep a bowl of cold water nearby to dip your hands into if mixture gets warm or sticky. Place balls on sheet tray; once cool, store in an airtight container. Eat within a week.