How many guys does it take to make caramel corn?? You need someone to pour the caramel, someone to stir the popcorn and there’s always a need for a supervisor, right?
Steve’s brother makes a delicious caramel corn and we were there to witness the magic one evening. As you can see, these guys were having far too much fun in the kitchen.
It’s easy to make and it’s a crowd pleaser – we took it to a family gathering last weekend and it was gone in no time.
Manly Caramel Corn
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 lb brown sugar (about 2 1/4 cups packed)
1 cup Karo Syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups unpopped popcorn
Pop the popcorn and set aside. Melt the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat. After mixture comes to a low boil, add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes scraping the sides and especially the bottom of the pan to prevent any burning. Stir until mixture reaches a soft ball stage (At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand. You can also use a candy thermometer if you have one). The longer you cook it the firmer the caramel will be. Once it reaches soft ball stage, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over popcorn in a large bowl and stir until evenly coated. This is a sticky corn and will remain soft.
We wrapped a few balls in saran wrap for Hallie to use in lunches and several days later they were still soft. It’s the perfect fall treat.