Friday, February 26, 2010

crazy friday but yummy caramel corn!

its friday. yay. i am sure that this is everyone's fav day of the week, right?? let me just say that i am pumped its the weekend. i have no plans.....and thats good....great actually. i love when i can just hang at home and chill.....i have had a horrible work week. i had to travel monday and tuesday, which just adds mass chaos to the work week. it is tiring. boring. not fun. luckily for me, the hubby took both days off work to come with. that was the best part......and yummy sushi / thai food monday night (sorry no pics).....

anywho...i am babbling, as i sometimes do....i have to try and figure how to blog AND work at the same time! i have totally neglected my blog. seeing how i am fairly new to this, it might help if i was a 'regular' poster....i mean how am i going to get new followers, if i never BLOG?? der de der....key component, eh??

the boy is working a 12 hour shift tonight, so it was me and the kitchen. i finally quit working after 12 hours. blah. did i mention in paragraph one how tired of work i am? (dont get me wrong, i am thrilled to even have a good job, as i have said before......) but seriously....12 hours...on a friday.....not cool.

so as i was saying. i have to stop the insanity. i find comfort in baking. cooking. eating. this equates to great for my sanity.....not so great for the diet.....i typically have such great will power...but lately, my, not so much.....but no fault but my own....what do i do??? bake more. period. one would think i could figure this whole concept out. bake yummies. want to eat yummies. eat yummies. guilt. (i am blonde remember)....apparently i dont get it. hubs went to work....and i made this:

yes, my friends.....caramel corn. sweet. luscious. golden. pure lust in every bite....(oh, there were two of these trays also).....heaven in my mouth. so in case you want the ya go! oh and did i mention easy peasy. super duper.

caramel corn

1 cup oleo (i used 1/2 butter, 1/2 margarine)

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
6 qts popcorn

Melt oleo; sitr in surgar, corn syrup & Salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil w/o stirring 5 min. Remove from heat, sitr in soda & vanilla. Slowly pour over popcorn, mixing well. Put onto 2 shallow pans. Bake 1 hour @ 225 sitrring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven & cool. Break apart. Store in tightly covered containers.


i made my popcorn on the stove in two batches. i used my largest soup pot. poured canola oil in bottom and used a little over 1/3 cup of popcorn each time. put lid on. shake pot as popcorn starts to pop.when caramel is done, i had popped corn in two large mixing bowls and divided mixture between both. mix.  i  used two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper to pour popcorn   to bake in oven.  

this is the caramel sauce as it is boiling.....dont stir!!! 5 minutes! be patient! 

this is the easiest treat to make and you can put in bags and tie with curling ribbon and use for parties, treat bags, etc! i LOVE this stuff......oh and did i mention i am NOT getting on the scale tomorrow morning!

xoxo peace and hugs


Hoosier Homemade said...

I love caramel corn, this looks very easy to make.
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cookies and cups said...

I love caramel corn, but have never made it! This recipe looks like something I could totally that there is no candy thermometer involved...that things scares me!