Caramel Corn – Guest Post

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 11, 2009

Today, Joy shares another great popcorn recipe with us!

I have shared my love of popcorn and my discovering how frugal it can be with you all before.

Well, guess what? Popcorn can be turned into frugal food gifts for the holidays. And no, I don’t mean for you to go out and buy a $5 tin with 3 kinds of popcorn in it. :)

Here are some ideas:

-make a snack mix that includes popcorn & package it in a pretty container

-give a “movie night” gift basket that includes popcorn

-give popcorn seasoned with homemade seasonings

AND my personal favorite….make homemade caramel corn and package it in a nice container. My mom has been making homemade caramel corn for about as long as I can remember and it is delicious! We even have a few relatives who request it every year. I made it a few years ago and received lots of compliments on it.

Caramel corn is not too hard to make and it is very frugal with just a few ingredients. You won’t be sorry you tried this! You could even add a few peanuts into the mix if your heart so desires.

Caramel Corn

6-8 quarts popped popcorn

2 cups brown sugar

2 sticks butter or margarine

1/2 white corn syrup

Put all ingredients except popcorn in a heavy saucepan. When it begins to boil, cook for 5 minutes (stirring constantly). Pour over popcorn. Stir to coat. Spread popcorn on large cookie sheet. Bake at 225-250 F for 45 minutes. While it is still hot, spread out over cookie sheet. Cool completely. Break into clumps. Store in airtight container.

Enjoy!

Joy is a stay-at-home wife and mom to two precious kids. She began FrugalMenuMamas.com in January when she realized how many of her friends did not know how to reduce their grocery bills. Joy says that blogging is fun, but she still has so much to learn. You are invited to check her out at www.frugalmenumamas.com

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Courtney December 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

We love having soft caramel corn! Our recipe is similar, but includes 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Skip the baking part all together. You get gooey yummy caramel corn!

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Noelle December 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

I made this yesterday substituting 1 cup sucanat for the brown sugar. It was so good! I think this will be what we gift to the neighbors this year. Thanks for sharing.

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Shaunta December 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm

The recipe says 1/2 (no measurment) white corn syrup. Is it 1/2 cup?

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