Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Caramel Popcorn

Looking back, I don't know how my mom survived sometimes. My dad had various duties in our church growing up, making it impossible to always sit with us on Sundays. So, that left my mom trying to take six kids {all within eight years of each other} to church on her own - which I'm sure was more of a chore than most people can handle. If one kid wasn't pulling another one's hair because he stole their crayons, then she had three kids begging and whining and pleading for her to tickle their backs - that was tough to do with only two hands. I can't help but laugh out of pure shame for what we put her through at times. My parents are smart though. They had some tricks of their own. Cue "the reverence award". That sounds pretty self-explanatory right? If we were reverent during church, we got an award. Simple enough. It was always a sad day when we weren't reverent though and we were banned from the goodies that would be enjoyed by the rest of the family that night. We had all kinds of stuff - Dad's famous strawberry shortcake, ice cream sundaes, apple crisp, white chocolate chip cookies, but my most favorite of all was caramel popcorn.


The best part about helping to make this delicious treat was getting to lick the spatula after using it to pour in the sweetened condensed milk. We would fight over that thing like cats and dogs. Then, after all was said and done, we would about die in anticipation, when having to wait for it all to cool, so we didn't burn our tongues. You have got to make this pronto!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 extra strong prayer for continued health after eating this {added by the mister}

Directions:
  • Pop popcorn in an air popper; divide into two large bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and syrup. Stir until sugar is dissolved and let boil one minute.
  • Add butter. Once butter is completely melted, let boil for one minute again.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and stir well. Bring to boil and let boil for one minute.
  • Divide and pour caramel evenly between the two bowls of popcorn and stir well to lightly coat each kernel.
  • Enjoy your yummy, delicious treat!

I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but in college, my best friend {Kaitlyn from mister b. and me} and I would have sleepovers and we would make an entire bowl of caramel popcorn for each of us, eat it until we wanted to throw up, and then wake up the next morning and finish it off. Oh to live like a hooligan again. ;) I hope you fall in love with this just as much as we did. Maybe if you're lucky, it will become a family favorite of your own!

-Sarah

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3 comments:

  1. Aw, I love when a fun recipe has such strong ties to memory :) This was a sweet tale--literally :)

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  2. Oh. my. goodness!!! This looks fantastic!! Caramel popcorn is a major weakness...I'm almost afraid to make this! I'll just have to wait until Bible study when I'll have help eating it! Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. This looks so good and so easy to make. Copying it down, thanks.

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