Popcorn is the perfect treat to snack on whether you are watching a movie, hosting a family party, or trying to enjoy a sports game. This recipe is based on Chicago’s distinct popcorn combination. You can mix caramel popcorn and cheddar cheese popcorn to create one deliciously addicting snack.
Cheesy Caramel Popcorn Recipe
- 25 cups popped corn
- 2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup salted butter
- 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Prepare the caramel by combining brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
Stir until the mixture has melted and reached a smooth consistency. Increase heat to medium and stir until caramel begins to boil.
Stir periodically and let it boil for 5 minutes or when it reaches 235°F. Immediately remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract, baking soda and salt. Stir down the mixture until boiling begins to stop.
Preheat oven to 250°F and lightly butter a large roasting pan.
Place popped popcorn on the pan. Pour caramel over popcorn and evenly coat.
Place in oven and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
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