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Thread: NO baking caramel corn

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    A recipe was posted a while ago and I changed it a bit so it does not have to be baked for 1 hour or in the brown bag in the microwave. It takes about 8 minutes to boil the syrup to 300 which makes it perfect without baking.
    This kinda tastes like Cracker Jacks and it disappears in no time.
    I have been making a lot of this in the past 3 weeks and giving it to hunters and family. My 90 year old Dad LOVES the stuff and does not share.
    Will make more to give later this month to family/friends. It is also good with chocolate drizzled on top when it has cooled.

    No bake caramel corn

    * 3 bags butter flavor micro popped popcorn

    * 1 cup brown sugar

    * 1/2 cup butter

    * 1/4 cup light corn/pancake syrup(I use Log Cabin)

    1 tsp molasses

    * 1/4 teaspoon salt

    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    Can add peanuts if desired

    Pop corn and sort out any leftover kernels, place in very large roaster pan (I use my antique aluminum dish pan)
    On stove mix sugar, butter, syrup and molasses, stir/cook until sugar dissolves and cook to 300
    Add vanilla and baking soda, stir very well (add nuts now if desired)
    Pour over popcorn and stir to coat as much corn as possible.
    Put out on cookie sheets (2) to cool
    Break into chunks and store in zip bags or airtight container.

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    Sounds wonderful.

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    Never heard of baking caramel corn. My mom use to make it every year, I haven't had any in over 20 years! We use to pour it over popcorn, butter our bare hands, scoop up some of the covered popcorn and form into balls. That was the only thing she would let me do. I do remember when she added the baking soda that the hot mixture would foam up and she had to stir, stir, stir so it wouldn't run over.

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    I wonder if this would work on that butter flavored puff fake popcorn? Then there's no worry about hulls or unpopped kernels. I may have to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I wonder if this would work on that butter flavored puff fake popcorn? Then there's no worry about hulls or unpopped kernels. I may have to give it a try.
    Oh yes let us know. I love that puff "popcorn". yum

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    Yummy Thanks!

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    CoyoteQuilts, in my old Farm Journal cookbook the corn had to be baked and that is what we always did. But found out that cooking the syrup to 300 it did not have to be baked.
    raptureready, that is a great idea to use the ready made 'puff popcorn', please let us know when you try it.

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    Would you mind specifying the size of the microwave popcorn bags that use or the total cups of popped corn?
    Thank you for a delicious sounding recipe.

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    About how long does it take to cook the syrup mixture to 300 degrees? Sounds interesting and want to try it. I have made this for years and baked it in the oven for an hour but only cook the syrup mixture once it comes to a boil for 5 minutes.

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    stinker, it only takes 7-8 minutes for the syrup to reach 300 and that makes it well worth the extra stovetop time as to the 1 hour baking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee
    Would you mind specifying the size of the microwave popcorn bags that use or the total cups of popped corn?
    Thank you for a delicious sounding recipe.
    I use the regular size bags of Orville extra-butter flavor and 3 makes the right amount for the syrup. Not every piece is covered fully but each one gets enough coating.

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    Thank you - I am sure we will all enjoy this treat!!!

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    I haven't tried it, but a friend makes her caramel corn with the purchased corn puffs & it's great.

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    I want to try with the popcorn puffs but trying to figure out the amount compared to 3 bags of microwave popcorn. Any one have an idea?

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    Sounds like a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajonkarl
    I want to try with the popcorn puffs but trying to figure out the amount compared to 3 bags of microwave popcorn. Any one have an idea?
    My bulk bags do not have the information as to servings per bag, I keep them in the freezer out of the original box. Check in the store on the Orville Butter flavor to see how many it contains per bag and then use that as your measure.
    Hope that helps.

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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I wonder if this would work on that butter flavored puff fake popcorn? Then there's no worry about hulls or unpopped kernels. I may have to give it a try.
    a regular caramel corn recipe will work so this should too. i have used it before cause i hate getting the hulls stuck!

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