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Caramel Corn Crunch

Caramel Corn Crunch 1Once you start eating this buttery-sweet crunchy treat, it's almost impossible to stop!

Recipe Ingredients:

15 cups popped corn, unpopped kernels removed
2 cups brown sugar, firmly
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F (95°C). Place popped corn in a large, ungreased roasting pan or divide popped corn between two 13x9x2-inch baking pans (less desirable but it works, see note).
  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and mix well. Mixture will become foamy.
  3. Immediately pour caramel mixture over popped corn and quickly toss to coat. (Or divide evenly between the two pans.) Don't expect all corn to be coated, that will happen in the course of baking.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven, immediately turn out of pan(s) onto a foil-lined counter top and break up slightly. Cool. Store in tightly sealed container.

Makes 16 (1-cup) servings.

Tip: If you don't have a large roasting pan, those extra-large disposable aluminum roasting pans, available at supermarkets and discount stores, work very well and can be used more than once.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): 264.1 calories; 39% calories from fat; 11.8g total fat; 30.5mg cholesterol; 301.3mg sodium; 121.5mg potassium; 40.8g carbohydrates; 1.1g fiber; 34.7g sugar; 39.6g net carbs; 1.0g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.