My grandma Anna Mae makes the most incredible Caramel & Molasses popcorn balls in the world every year for Halloween. I mean they are amazing! So dang amazing in fact that my family is known to drive hundreds of miles to come home and get one...yep I told you...AMAZING! So when I think of Halloween I always seem to think of caramel popcorn, again it is just the way my crazy mind works. When planning the Halloween party I wanted to find a recipe that I could make my own and that wouldn't take a lot of time (lets face it mom's never have enough time). This one definitely hit the spot.
It just takes a few simple ingredients, a microwave safe bowl or glass pitcher, a microwave and an oven if you so choose. I happen to like my caramel corn in the oven for a little while but for those of you that like it a little sticky...no oven will be needed! Pretty cool!!
I first popped 12 cups of popcorn (about 1/2 cup of kernels) in my air popcorn popper. You could definitely use microwave popcorn in its place, I would just try to find a low sodium variety.
You then combine 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of Corn Syrup, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 stick of butter (the real thing) in a microwave safe bowl or pitcher. Microwave for 45 seconds and stir to combine. Then microwave for 2 minutes, stir and then microwave again for 2 minutes. Hard stuff...I know. :)
When the carmel has finished microwaving for the whole 4 minutes and 45 seconds take it out and add ½ tsp. of baking soda and 1 ½ tsp. of vanilla. The baking soda may try to clump up so be sure to get it stirred in well. The mixture will foam a little and look like this...