Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here's what's cooking today

I promise you will think you've died and gone to heaven when you eat this.  I've been making it since my kids were barely into their teens; it's better than any of the ready-made stuff in the stores, even Topsy's.  Be sure to use real butter.  If you want a printable recipe from the Better Homes and Garden site, go HERE.


Makes 9 cups Prep time: 20 minutes Bake: 20 minutes


  •     Nonstick spray coating
  • 8  cups  popped popcorn (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup unpopped)
  • 3/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup  butter (No substitutes)
  • 3  tablespoons  light-color corn syrup
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  vanilla


1. Spray an 18x12x2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Remove unpopped kernels from popped corn. Place popcorn in pan; keep warm in a 300 degreeF oven.
2. Butter sides of heavy 1-1/2-quart saucepan. Add brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Clip candy thermometer to side of pan. Cook and stir over medium heat to 255 degree F, hard-ball stage (about 4 minutes). Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla; pour over popcorn. Stir gently to coat.
3. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Stir and bake 5 minutes more. Remove from oven; spread onto a large piece of foil and cool completely. Break into clusters. Makes 9 cups

nutrition facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 9 cups
  • Calories171, 
  • Total Fat (g)7, 
  • Saturated Fat (g)4, 
  • Cholesterol (mg)18, 
  • Sodium (mg)113, 
  • Carbohydrate (g)27, 
  • Fiber (g)1, 
  • Protein (g)1, 
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


Anonymous said...

Thing is...if I made this, I'd EAT it. And I wouldn't stop at a moderate portion.

Gabrielle Howard Gengler said...

Oh Donna this sounds so good. It's easy, yea :) Thanks for sharing. I was wondering, if you had decoded to have the knee before Cliff reitred? You have been on my mind.

Lucy said...

That looks so good and so easy plus I love caramel popcorn.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

YUM! You are busy there in your kitchen. Mine is being neglected because I'm in pursuit of a crafty Christmas sure looks good!

Lori said...

Oh, I WANT this!!! I was thinking of making popcorn balls this weekend, but I think I'll make this instead. Thank you!!!


Now if that isn't the most delicious looking thing I've seen all day. YUMMY! Thanks for the recipe.

sunny smiles said...

It looks very good! (:

Amy said...

"use real butter."

that should be everyone's motto.