Summertime! Even the word, alone, conjures up images of picnics, ballgames, the beach, camping trips, mini-vacations, backyard fun, and parks.
The Caramel Corn Crunch recipe below will make summertime even more delicious. It’s one of those snacks that’s perfect for traveling – no matter where you’re headed, it’ll keep kids of all ages happy! One of my favorite things about snacks such as this one is that it makes clean up easier. Kids and husbands don’t end up getting it all over them, the vehicle, the pets…
Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch
12 ounces air-popped popcorn or 4 (3-ounce) bags
natural microwave popcorn
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar
Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Pop the popcorn, discarding any un-popped kernels. Arrange the popcorn evenly in a large roasting pan. Place in the oven.
Combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla paste and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil slowly. Boil for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly; do not burn. Stir in the baking soda and cream of tartar, which will cause the sugar mixture to rise. Pour over the warm popcorn, stirring until coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Variation: For added flavor, coarsely chop 1 cup of your favorite nuts and add to the popcorn before pouring the caramel mixture over the popcorn.
Yield: Makes about 20 cups
This recipe is courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.
More About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: Nielsen-Massey Vanillas’ Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste provides extra flavor to a variety of summer foods. Adding a tablespoon to milkshakes, fruit, whipped cream, frostings or honey makes for a desirable seasonal treat.
The flavor from the Vanilla Bean Paste is sweet, creamy and mellow. It also includes the seeds of the vanilla pod, giving it an upscale look usually found in vanilla bean ice creams and organic vanilla frostings.