Caramel Caribou Popcorn

I’m heading to my moms for the weekend and I’m ready for a dose of home.  She lives in North Georgia in the same house I grew up in.  I’m hoping to see my brother and his family this weekend and a few cousins that I haven’t seen in a while.

We are planning a trip to the apple house.  Growing up in North Georgia it was tradition for my family to ride to the mountains when the air turned cool and the leaves started to change colors.  Over the years apple houses have grown into much more than they were when I was a kid.  Many of them now have petting zoos and hay rides and almost all of them have fresh baked apple treats.  I can’t wait for a fried apple pie!!

While searching the Internet for a fall type treat to take to my moms I found a blog I had never visited before…Something Swanky.  She has tons on popcorn ideas and this one really appealed to me.  I also thought this would be a great treat for my niece and nephew.  It is quite addicting. After tossing in the chocolate chips I stuck mine in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden.  Once out at room temperature the chocolate does soften a bit, but it is still delicious and I think it would be perfect for any fall party.

 

Caramel Caribou Popcorn
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 6 - 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 c. cashews
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Remove all unpopped kernels and pour popcorn into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, corn syrup and brown sugar over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a steady rate without stirring for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  5. Pour caramel over popcorn and quickly stir to coat.
  6. Spread onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and add chocolate chips and cashews, gently toss.
  8. Cool and serve or store in airtight container.
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