Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Caramel Popcorn with Almonds & Dried Cranberries

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Caramel Popcorn with Almonds & Dried Cranberries

This is a tasty twist on the regular caramel-corn - I have added some cinnamon, almonds & dried cranberries!!
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3 quarts (or 12 cups) of plain popcorn (already popped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries

First step is to pop your plain popcorn (use a hot-air popper or pop in a heavy kettle on the stove - I would not suggest using microwave popcorn because of the oils used give it a funky flavor - not to mention how unhealthy they are for you - my opinion).
In a medium saucepan bring the butter, sugar & corn syrup to a low boil for 3 to 5 minutes (stirring all the time).  Remove the pan from the heat and add in the vanilla, baking soda & cinnamon - mix well & you will notice it bubble up - keep on stirring (see picture on the right below).   

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In a large mixing bowl stir together the plain popcorn & the almonds.  Now pour the hot caramel liquid over the popcorn/almond mixture & stir until almost everything is covered with the buttery caramel (see next 2 pictures below).

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Spread the caramel covered popcorn & almonds onto a cookie sheet (spray the cookie sheet first).  Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 12 minutes - remove from the oven & stir the corn around a little and add the dried cranberries.  Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.  NOTE - if you add the cranberries at the beginning they will become as hard as a pebble!
Allow to cool & serve!

IMPORTANT - Never leave the kitchen when the popcorn is in the oven!! - Perfectly delicious Caramel corn is literally only 30 seconds away from becoming Burned Dentist's Goldmine Corn!

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  1. Oh yummmmyyyy!!! Looks awesome, thanks for sharing with us today hun. Have a blessed evening. :-)

  2. This looks delicious! I might just have to try it tonight! thanks! I found you on Serenity You!

  3. These looks so delicious! I bet the smell amazing!

  4. My kids love caramel popcorn! I didn't know it was this easy to make. Thanks for sharing!
    Dropping by from Wake Up Wednesday. have a great week!

  5. Girl this looks so good. I love that you added the almonds. I love them covered in caramel.


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