Celebrating love again!

Classic Caramel Corn

But this time it’s for my bestie…so you know it’s dang important.

Classic Caramel Corn

Amber has been the bright light in my life since showing up at my elementary school in grade six. She had the longest hair I’d ever seen on a girl, loved to play sports and always had a better packed lunch than me. We were (and still are) polar opposites in many ways, but we became fast friends and have been living out a real-life love story ever since.

Classic Caramel Corn

We’ve travelled around Europe together, been through break-ups, drank too much, lived through death, and toughed-out life. Having a best friend, someone to really count on when life makes you ugly cry is everything.

Classic Caramel Corn

So when I found out this gal of mine was engaged, I screamed to the high sky in glee!…and her man even let me help pick out the ring. #HardestSecretToKeepEver

Classic Caramel Corn

So naturally, a party needed to be planned. Love is in the air, after all!

I thought homemade caramel corn would be the perfect party favor to celebrate an engagement, since…you know? He popped the question!!! And I like obnoxious things like that.

Classic Caramel Corn

Perfecting this recipe took me three weeks (thanks for helping me eat all the tester-recipes Paul!), so believe me when I say this is the best possible caramel corn around! I tried a maple + almond butter version, a version made with a stout caramel, a classic cream and butter caramel, and finaallllllly this recipe.

Pure sweet perfection right here. And this recipe for peanut butter and honey caramel corn is lovely too!

Classic Caramel Corn

The caramel itself is easy to make. Just mix the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar and salt together on the stove-top, let it boil for a bit, and then add in the baking soda! The caramel turns a lighter colour and puffs up real high….this is a good thing. A VERY good thing.

Classic Caramel Corn

Ohhhhhh and this is made with sliced almonds instead of peanuts…because I can (!!) and because I don’t like whole peanuts in my baked goods.

Classic Caramel Corn

So celebrate love with me and get busy with this caramel corn…you won’t regret it.

Classic Caramel Corn

xx

Classic Caramel Corn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 8 cups popcorn

Ingredients

  • 8 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Flaked sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn with a popcorn maker or using the microwave (see notes). Spread the popped popcorn out onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top of the popcorn.
  3. In a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar, and sea salt. Stir everything until combined with a rubber spatula and bring to a boil for 5 straight minutes, stirring every so often. Remove saucepan from the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda until completely combined. The caramel will puff-up - this is normal.
  4. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir gently with a rubber spatula until most of the popcorn and almonds are coated.
  5. Bake the popcorn for 1 hour, stirring at the 30 minute mark.
  6. Once cooked, remove the popcorn from the oven and immediately sprinkle the top of it with large flaked sea salt (or regular salt). Stir the popcorn one last time and allow it to cool completely on the pan. Once cooled, break apart the large clusters with your hands.
  7. Store the popcorn in an air-tight container (I used a large freezer bag). The popcorn stays fresh for a whole week!

Notes

*If you do not have a popcorn maker at home, you can simply place the corn kernels in a brown paper bag (3 tablespoons at a time). Fold the top over. Place in the microwave and pop for 4 minutes. When the popping starts to slow to about one pop per one second, remove from microwave. Continue this process until you get 8 cups of popcorn.

This recipe is easily doubled.

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27 Responses to Classic Caramel Corn

  1. Caramel corn sounds like a great way to celebrate an engagement or maybe at my house, us all recovering from the stomachflu! That is for sure something to celebrate. I mean, there’s just no excuse for eating Cracker Jack anymore (okay, except for that tacky prize at the bottom which I still love even in my mid 30’s). Craving caramel corn for sure ~ making this for movie night even if I have to watch Frozen for the zillionth time!

  2. what a sweet treat for your bff! I am not sure I could have kept a secret for that long – bravo!!

  3. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate! This looks perfect and love the sliced almonds.

  4. Leslie says:

    This blog is so pretty! I love the striped blue and white popcorn boxes, and your photography. Lovely.

  5. I adore caramel popcorn and I don’t make it nearly enough. Looks perfect for a cozy movie night. Yum!

  6. congrats to your BFF – i have a best friend from a very long time and i can only imagine how special it feels to celebrate her big day! and you never go wrong with caramel corn, good choice šŸ™‚

  7. Nanny says:

    What an excellent idea for “popping” the question party. I can almost taste the yummy–ness . Love the containers you designed.. A party of perfection….and that’s where you and Amber are so much alike ….so excited for her. <3

  8. Friends who let you ugly cry in front of them are truly the best. What a fun and tasty way to celebrate an engagement! Now pass a big bowl of this caramel goodness to me, please.

  9. There is nothing like having a best friend, a REAL best friend who you’ve been with through thick and thin and still love each other to death. Congrats to your bestie on her engagement!!!

  10. I need to make caramel corn more often, it’s so good! This ones looks amazing, I’ll definitely need to try it since you tested so many and it must be the best! I love the sliced almonds, that would be delicious!

  11. Such a fitting way to celebrate his ‘popping’ the question! I love it, Katrina!! And now I need you to send me a case, please!!

  12. Amanda says:

    This is so fun! LOVE!!!

  13. What and adorable idea! Sounds delicious too!

  14. These pictures are too cute!!!

  15. Ahhh congrats to your bestie! That’s so exciting, and what better way to celebrate than with a perfected batch of caramel corn? Sounds delicious!

  16. That’s exciting!
    I’m in love with caramel corn. I’ve made beer caramel corn and sriracha caramel corn. SO good.

  17. Cecilia says:

    Caramel corn, OMG, that sounds so delicious. Great idea!

  18. This caramel corn looks delicious and I loved reading about the story of you and your best friend. Congratulations on her engagement and she is lucky to have you to make all of the delicious treats.

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  20. Joanne says:

    OH MY GOSH!! SO exciting. I have no idea how you were able to keep that secret…so tough! I had to do it for my best friend a few months ago and it was TORTURE. Love that you made her this caramel corn to celebrate…sheer perfection!

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