Introduction: Not-For-The-Faint-of-Heart Caramel Pop-corn

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Fat, sugar, salt, you get it all!! But the taste... you'll remember forever!

This is my very own version of toffey-caramel popcorn. The measurements are approximatives but it doesnt really matter. The texture will get better after you have done this recipe a few times and you'll adjust it to your own standards.

You can keep the caramel popcorn for a few days until they become too soft. (my kids dont mind though...!!!)
here is what you'll need:

about 4 onces of cream (in canada: 15% cream; elsewhere: whipping cream)
about 2 cups of brown sugar
a bit less than 1/4 cup of butter
popcorn (equivalent of 1 microwavable bag)

The caramel recipe can be use many ways:
-icecream topping
-cake topping
-cook it longer, add nuts and make caramel bars

You can keep the caramel in a sealed jar for a long time, just microwave it a bit to soften it.

Step 1: Preparing the Caramel

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First, you'll start by popping your popcorn your favorite way.

Meanwhile, stir the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Do not over heat, the butter and/or brown sugar will burn.
as soon as the butter has melted, add your brown sugar.
Stir constantly, until the sugar is completely melted. Add cream, stir.

Step 2: Stirring

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You'll continue stirring your caramel until it gently boils. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Dont over cook it, you'll have a hard time covering your popcorn since the caramel thickens after it stops cooking.

Step 3: Mix the Heavenly Caramel With Your Popcorn

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Once your popcorn is ready, put it in a big bowl, you'll need space in your bowl to stir the caramel so use a big big one.

Remove your saucepan, quickly pour over popcorn and stir non-stop, to cover every popcorn.

If your caramel is too thick, you will have a hard time doing this and your popcorn will stick together in chunks. At this point, your only options is to make more caramel, cook it less longer and add to your batch, or eat your chunks of popcorn!

At this point, you could add nuts to your mixture, if you want to. (peacans and walnuts are great...)

Step 4: Spread the Joy!!

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Spread your popcorn on a sheet of non-stick paper (i use clingwrap type, wax paper would work just fine too) until the caramel harden. If you skip this step, in less than 5 minutes you'll end up with a huge block of popcorn!!

Once the caramel is set, (takes 5 to 10 minutes, serve, enjoy and watch for the heart attack!!


candyqueen26 (author)2010-01-15

I just made this and it is delicious :)

lax1212 (author)2008-06-28

as a substitute for cream could I use whipping cream?

vingtdeux (author)lax12122009-07-09

yes! it is what i meant by 15% cream.

Kaiven (author)2008-08-06

WOW. i just made some with milk instead of cream and halfed the ingrediants. there is still alot of caramel and it tastes great! my only problem was i overcooked the caramel juuuuuuuust a tad, and it has too much of a burnt flavor

555mst555 (author)Kaiven2009-06-23

what milk did u use...normal or full cream or whatever?.....pls reply....i wanna try this thing :)

Kaiven (author)555mst5552009-06-23

I used "heavy whipping cream." I think whole milk might work if you have it, but if not just buy the whipping cream.

555mst555 (author)Kaiven2009-06-23

can i use normal for drinking?

Kaiven (author)555mst5552009-06-24

Oh, well whole milk is drinking milk. I don't know what kind of milk you drink, like 2% and stuff might work.

555mst555 (author)Kaiven2009-06-25 anyway :D

Kaiven (author)2008-09-18

Here is images from some Caramel Popcorn I made. It's awesome, and I'm making more for a school party :D First image is popcorn. Second is sister inspecting popcorn. Third image is a chunk of hard caramel that is oh-so delicious!

Lextone (author)2007-09-10

WARNING! Caramel is yummy and delicious but refrain from dipping your finger in the pot to test hurts really bad! And if you are a dumbass like me you will lose the use of your taste buds for a few days after you stick your caramel covered blistered finger in your mouth. It was so yummy though....

Kaiven (author)Lextone2008-08-06

LOL how were you felling at the time? too much booze? xD

Kaiven (author)2008-08-06

what do you mean by cream (15%)? 15% of the caramel is cream? is it 15% whipping cream? can i use milk?

DuctTapeRules! (author)2008-07-29

The popcorn sticking together just gave me an idea- CRAMEL POPCORN BARS!!!!

Kaiven (author)DuctTapeRules!2008-08-06

:O im going to do that now :D

samuraijack (author)2008-06-14

awesome cook,awesome recipe,awesome candy......Definitely an A+....

wastedkila (author)2008-03-06

man this looks sweet, looks like kernels popcorn which is amazing for their double hit caramel corn. i'm making this tonight when i get home!

selaja (author)2008-01-26

about how many cups of popcorn kernels is equivalent to I microwavable bags ?

razany (author)selaja2008-02-08

before popping microwave popcorn you can get an estimate by just feeling the amount of popcorn in the bag.

selaja (author)razany2008-02-11


selaja (author)2008-01-26

Also a don't: after you have mixed your caramel and popcorn, don't switch the pan and caramel burners, but leave the burner on, so the burner melts the plastic onto all the popcorn and you end up having to throw it all away.

majjck (author)2007-12-06

Wow, screw cracker jacks! It is very good, but it was a little soft. (the caramel) I also used milk, not cream. It still was very good. I was afraid to cook it longer because it was burning very easily. Oh well, I will just cook it longer next time. THANKS!!

345138 (author)2007-08-08

when u add it *ive tried with the store bought one* it tastes bad!

skeksil (author)2007-06-01

Thanx, I do have another problem though. I was never able to have the caramel set properly. In other words, it's still soft. I'm wondering if you might have any idea how this happened. Granted, humidity has been running high around here. Still, I would have thought that it would eventually have hardened. Any ideas?

vingtdeux (author)skeksil2007-06-02

try cooking it a bit longer. maybe a minute more. caramel will be harder depending on how long it boils and what temperature it reaches. Since i do not use a thermometer, i simply do it by eye. Remember though that this is NOT comercialized caramel, so it will not have any chemical making it really hard or to help with preservation. This popcorn will never look like CrackerJack. Good thing though, it'll never taste like CrackerCrap either! :-P

skeksil (author)2007-05-30

OMG! This is amazing! Although, cleanup is also not-for-the-faint-of-heart. Still, so far I am impressed. I'll be taking it tonight for some friends to try. I wonder, have you added additional flavors, such as cinnamon, vanilla, or maybe something fruity?

vingtdeux (author)skeksil2007-05-30

hmm, no, apart from nuts, i havent tried any other 'flavor'. But come to think of it, you could try to melt some dark chocolate and add some to the popcorn after the caramel is set. oh... that would be so perfect!! if you it, let me know!!

vingtdeux (author)vingtdeux2007-05-30

as for the cleaning, yes, caramel is sticky, make sure to add very hot water right after so it is easier to clean later.

crestind (author)2007-05-29

Wow caramel is surprisingly easy to make! Looks tasty!

vingtdeux (author)crestind2007-05-30

surprising, hmm? try surprisingly easy and the greatest secret you'll want to keep from friends! lol

TheCheese9921 (author)2007-05-29

yum I HAVE to try this this is a +

LasVegas (author)2007-05-29

What? No peanuts? Great Instructable! :)

vingtdeux (author)LasVegas2007-05-29

yup, step 3, it's mentionned that you can add nuts at that step. (although i suggested peacans and walnuts... lol) thanks for the comment!

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