Crunchy Caramel Popcorn: The Year in Review

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Things I have learned in 2014:

January- My boyfriend isn’t as perfect as I thought he was. Surprisingly, I still love him like crazy. 10 days driving from New York to California in his little VW with all of his things jam packed in the back will help you with this realization.

February- It’s been confirmed. Valentines day is not that big of a deal. I like not making a ridiculous ordeal out of it and hate the rain of the Seattle winter instead.

March- Feature: Making the biggest decision of your life can be the easiest “yes” you’ve ever said. I’m getting married!

April- Never underestimate the magic of a college dorm lounge. Things happen there.

May- My future family isn’t weird or scary or boring! Hurray! Future hubby walks, grabs his diploma, and officially becomes a Cornell graduate. I find out that it is possible to worry about literally bursting with pride.

June- The month of nanny torture. Small crabby children and a 45 minute commute are my enemies.
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July- My sister is invaluable. I’ve always known this, but seriously. Wedding planner extraordinaire, people!

August- Airports are awful. Saying goodbye at 4 or 5 in the morning will ruin your day. It’s still worth it, though.

September- Dreams come true, prayers are answered. You really can feel like a Disney princess when you wear a dress like that. Married life, here we come!

October- Europe will never feel as good as HOME. But happiest of happy moments: a collection of Carravaggio paintings was seen by the newly weds and I died. Also, my parents are superstars and IKEA is overwhelming.

November- I learn that just because something is difficult and exhausting doesn’t mean that it’s the best thing to happen to you. It’s so worth it. Hosting my very first solo Thanksgiving was a success!

December- I don’t have to be an adult all the time. I remember what it is like to be 10 again. Funnily enough it wasn’t Christmas back with my family that made me realize this, but a Birthday excursion to Chuck E Cheese for the Hubster to turn 24. I beat him at Ski Ball three times.

I am ready for 2015! Nifty Spoon will only grow and hopefully you will all see more recipes, improved food photography, and tips because I’m here for the long haul. Happy New Year to all of you that take the time to read my little corner of the internet. I appreciate every one of you! I hope 2015 starts off great, this homemade caramel popcorn will help a little whether you are going out to a friends, staying in to watch the ball drop, or running about town living it up. Best Wishes.

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Crunchy Caramel Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 15 cups of plain popcorn
  • 1 and ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for coating the pan
  • ¼ cup and 2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F and arrange the rack to the middle. Coat a large pan with butter and place popcorn in the pan, spreading evenly. I recommend a roasting pan since it keep the popcorn from spilling everywhere, but is still large enough.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan placed over medium heat, bring the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt to a boil. Stir with a rubber spatula consistently for 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
  3. Add the vanilla and baking soda and whisk until the caramel is light and foamy, about 10 seconds.
  4. Immediately drizzle over the popcorn and stir with the rubber spatula until all the kernels are coated. Spread in an even layer.
  5. Bake the popcorn, uncovered on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so, scraping up any caramel from the bottom of the pan. Your cooled popcorn should be crunchy.
  6. Transfer the popcorn to a cool baking rack or sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

 

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