Every year, I use Halloween as an excuse to make homemade caramel corn. It’s a delicious treat that both kids and adults will enjoy. It’s so easy to make and tastes much better than any caramel corn you’ll purchase at the store. It’s great at Halloween parties or as a treat for trick-or-treaters. For an adorable package, use clear plastic gloves. Fill the gloves with your homemade caramel corn, making sure to push into the fingers. Cut the back of a plastic spider ring and put a ring on one finger of the glove. Twist the top of the glove tight to close and secure with curling ribbon. Cute and delicious!!
Make sure you discard the unpopped kernels after popping. If you prefer you can use a plain or kettle corn microwave popcorn. If you don’t like pecans, try roasted and salted cashews or almonds. If you want to add candy corn, gummy bears or M&M’s to the cooled mixture it adds color and the kids love it!
- 3 quarts freshly popped corn
- ½ c. pecans, optional
- ½ c. butter
- 1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
- ¼ c. light corn syrup
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Lightly grease two jelly roll pans, set aside.
- Combine popcorn and pecans in a large, lightly greased bowl, set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in soda and vanilla. Pour syrup over popcorn and stir to evenly coat.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Cool completely and break into pieces.