Caramel Popcorn

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Caramel Popcorn

Well, we have had a great 4th of July. So great, that I almost forgot to put up a blog post today. Better late than never.

I love the 4th of July because it is a holiday full of family tradition.

Last night we watched fireworks on the front lawn of my great uncle’s house. It is always an adventure to watch the fireworks there because the fireworks are launched in the field directly across the street from his house. So as the fireworks fall, we are peppered with flaming firework detritus. We have to shield our eyes with sunglasses and make sure our blankets don’t catch fire. Every year we say we should rethink this tradition, but we don’t.  It was The Rattler’s first firework experience and he was a fan.  He didn’t flinch once at the bangs and screeches and explosions.

Then this morning my husband, The Strong Man and I woke up early and ran in a 5k Freedom Run. I ran my guts out (almost literally, I nearly threw-up at the end, but managed not to, thank goodness.) Then we went home,  gathered the children and rode our bikes back to my Grandpa’s dilapidated service station to watch the parade. I’ve watched the parade (or been in the parade) every single year since I was born. My Grandma used to be the parade chairman. So, all her grandkids would be featured on floats whenever possible. I rode on a float with Miss America and once wore a full-on lederhosen get up on a float. My Grandpa has ridden either a horse drawn buggy or his chariot in this parade since the 1960’s. Sadly, this year was the first year he wasn’t in the parade because his horses weren’t up for it.  (Keep in mind, this guy is 84 years old and he was up for it, but his horses weren’t.) Even though, I realize now, that parades are one big advertisement, I still love to go to the parade.

After the parade, we had a  barbecue with the family. We ate bison burgers, which were pretty dang good. And for the first time this year, I had a delicious watermelon.

Now, that our festivities are over, I am SPENT!

We are eating left over potato chips for dinner and watching a movie. This is a great recipe for movie night.

Some people like a gooey caramel popcorn and some people like a crispy caramel popcorn. If you like it chewy, just don’t crisp it in the oven.

I hope you all had a great 4th of July. It’s is such a blessing to live in The U.S.A.

Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 quarts popped popcorn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. It is even better if you have two large bowls, one with the popcorn in it and one covering the popcorn like a clamshell.
  3. In a large saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and cook over medium high heat, stirring every few seconds. Watch carefully and remove when it has reached the hard ball stage (150 degrees).
  4. Drizzle over popcorn and stir gently (or shake if you are using the two bowl method.)
  5. Spread in a thin layer on two sil-pat or parchment covered backing sheets. Cook for 30 minutes stirring halfway through. This will make the popcorn crispy.
  6. Remove and let cool before breaking into smaller bits and eating.
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