Video:Caramel Cornwith Gretchen Siegchrist
This recipe for sweet, buttery caramel corn will have your little ones asking for more. Serve it as a snack or as a treat at a child's party.See Transcript
Transcript:Caramel CornHi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to show you how to make caramel corn. This is an easy recipe that is fun to make and to eat.
Caramel Corn IngredientsFor this recipe, you will need:
- 3/4 cup unpopped popcorn
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons water
Pop the PopcornPop the popcorn in an air popper if you have one, or in a paper bag in the microwave.
To pop the popcorn in the microwave, pour 1/4 cup of kernels into a small, lunch-sized paper bag. Fold the bag over tightly so that the top is sealed. Microwave on high for two to three minutes until the popping slows to about five seconds apart.
Repeat this until you have popped all of the 3/4 cup of popcorn. When the popcorn has finished popping, pour it into a large bowl.
Mix the Butter, Sugar, and WaterMelt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and the water, and stir everything together and bring the mixture to a boil.
Let this boil until it reaches 234 degrees.
Combine the Popcorn and Sugar MixtureNow, remove the sugar mixture form the heat and pour it over the popcorn. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon until the popcorn is all coated.
Now, pour out the popcorn onto baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Lightly butter your fingertips so that they do not stick to the popcorn. Now you can separate the corn into individual kernels.
Make Caramel Corn BallsIf you want to make popcorn balls, you will have to use either half as much popcorn or twice as much of the sugar mixture.
Pour the sugar over the popcorn, stir everything together with a wooden spoon, and let it cool very slightly. Butter your fingertips, and then form the popcorn into balls.
They may not feel like they are sticking together very well when the caramel is still warm, but once they cool they will be nice, solid popcorn balls that you can enjoy.
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