“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Matthew 1: 23
Does anyone else hate that awkward moment between when you get out of the shower to when you are dried off? And when I say hate, I mean I hate it, that moment where you are just cold and wet. There are times right before I step into the shower, that I will hesitate for just a split second, envisioning that moment that is going to occur in 10 – 15 minutes filled with a sense of dread for what is to come. Am I the only one that feels this way? Tell me it ain’t so.
I mean the hot shower is great. The dried off, clothed aftermath is great as well. But those 90 seconds in between. Guh. Is it too early in our relationship for me to be throwing out my idiosyncrasies?? (Clears throat, pulling on collar) Moving on.
Let’s move on to our yummy recipe for the week. Caramel popcorn with chocolate drizzle. Can I just say yum! This one is a keeper guys. It is SO easy! You can’t bake, fine. Can you melt some butter and sugar and pour it onto popcorn… I bet you can. 🙂 This recipe is very basic, but the add on’s or themes are endless (S’mores popcorn, anyone?). I love adding peanuts to the recipe. But with so many people having peanut allergies, I am always leery of adding them to recipes that I am going to hand out to peeps.
This is a very simple, fun recipe and addictive. I may have eaten a few
pieces handfuls while taking pics. It seems much more difficult than it actually is. When handed out to friends they will be very impressed. And once you get past pouring the molten hot caramel on the popcorn, the kiddos can help with the recipe. They can spoon the chocolate (if you using chocolate melting wafers, they do not need to be very warm to melt) over the popcorn, toss on the add on’s, and help place in the gift bags or bowls.
Soon after I took these pics. I placed the popcorn in some little gift bags, added a little Christmas tag. And the 4 year old and I handed out the popcorn to neighbors. The kid had a blast. After he had handed out the last bag of popcorn to our neighbors, he asked if we could continue to go door to door and wish people a Merry Christmas. Lol. I tried to explain to him, that people may not be quite so happy about us knocking on their door without some delicious goodies in tow.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as well as my family did. 🙂
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 quarts popped popcorn
- 12 oz bag of Ghirardelli chocolate melting wafers
- 19 oz bag of M&M's
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
- Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Boil without stirring for 4 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in soda and vanilla.
- Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stopping a stirring to coat popcorn.
- Place on 2-3 cookie sheet, lines with parchment paper.
- Bake in oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Place approximately 4-5 feet of parchment paper on cabinet, spread caramel popcorn in one layer on it.
- Break up popcorn into chunks.
- Melt chocolate according to package. Drizzle chocolate over popcorn with a spoon.
- Drop M&M's into melted chocolate that has been drizzled onto the popcorn.
- Let chocolate cool for 2-3 hours.
- Place yummy popcorn into bowls or goodie bags.
-To make coating the popcorn easier with caramel, place popcorn in warm oven for 5 minutes prior to coating with caramel. I placed the popcorn on the cookie sheets I was going to use to bake in.
- For the chocolate drizzle, you do not have to use melting wafers. They are just easier to work with. If you are competent enough of a cook to melt chocolate chips (unlike myself), feel free to do so.
-To stir caramel onto popcorn you will need a very LARGE bowl/s, I prefer to use grocery store brown paper bags. At the checkout, they will be happy to give you a couple.
-Adapted from All Recipes