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01 November 2010

Caramel goodness...

I know it's only one day after Halloween and there are plenty of sugary treats to eat all around.  But I couldn't resist making this yummy treat when I spied the main ingredient at the store.  We have been looking for it for weeks ever since I went to the quilt shop's holiday review and one of the girls made this for treats for all the invited guests.

So here's what you need.
 Melt the butter, Karo light corn syrup and brown sugar all together.
 Add the vanilla and baking soda.
Mix everything up and bake.
Yummy tummy treats!!!
It is so awesome, trust me.
Nothing but caramel melty goodness!!!

Here's the recipe:

2 sticks of butter (1cup)
2 cups of brown sugar
1/2 cup light Karo corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 bags Chesters puffcorn, butter flavor
parchment paper

Place the puffcorn in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  In a large saucepan combine butter, sugar and corn syrup and boil for five minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the vanilla and baking soda.  It will bubble up on you, so watch it.  Pour mixture over puffcorn and mix until well coated.  Place coated puffcorn on parchement paper lined pans and bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Then pace yourself as you are taste testing because you can go over board.  :)
It's that good.

*Just a little hint*
I mix one bag at a time in a large with bowl with half of the mixture to make sure all the little puffs are well coated.  While doing this place the saucepan back on the stove with the burner off so that the mixture doesn't cool off and harden and possibly boil over.  I also spray the mixing bowl with cooking spray so that none of the caramel mixture sticks to the bowl and gets wasted.  Can't have that.


  1. I love that "pace yourself." Pace is not in my vocabulary. Just ask my kids what happened to all that candy corn. Ahem. By the way -- I love your red countertops (I have red too!) Great minds, you know.

  2. love this~ I bet this would make a great treat for the holidays~

  3. This recipe looks yummy. I'm in Australia so I have some questions for you. Is puffcorn softer than pre-popped corn in bags. We don't have corn syrup here so would there be an alternative. Also thank you for converting 2 sticks of butter to 1 cup. I never know how much to use when I'm trying to convert recipes.
    Thanks for your help,
    Anne xx

  4. Oh Kar, how did you know I had lost my recipe for these. I was looking for it just this past Saturday and couldn't find it anywhere and then you go and post it. Thank you! You must have been getting my vibes. These are just too good, aren't they?

  5. Mmmmm, this sounds super yummy!
    Thanks for sharing, will certainly have to try this recipe.
    HAve a great week Kar!

  6. Again I LOVE your banner girl! They are always so wonderful. Carmel popcorn looks yummy and what a fun treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe I will definitely file this one in the "to make" file. Have a great week!

  7. Another new banner lover here! Gorgeous yarns! I think I prefer knitting only because it seems to work for so many types of garments. I always think of crochet for afghans/throws. Maybe that's because my mom and grandmother always made them using crochet. Crochet is much easier, though, IMO.