Popcorn! I love the stuff and eat it all of the time. I love making fancy batches of gourmet popcorn to give. This is a simple recipe that makes a non-sticky caramel corn that has cinnamon in it, and a drizzle of white chocolate really puts it over the top. I love the cinnamon because it just feels like winter and is the perfect addition to caramel corn. If you are feeling truly decadent add a few cups of your favorite nut to the popped popcorn.
I’m hitting the point in my holiday baking that is nearing burn-out. I still have so many people that I want to give a little something to, so this recipe is a real life saver. It makes a big batch, not too much effort or mess, and doesn’t cost a ton either. I like to let my kids stamp and decorate brown paper bags and then we fill them up with this yummy popcorn and it makes for a fun and easy gift.
Don’t skip out on making this if your gift-giving is through; make a batch for movie night and your family will applaud you.
Cinnamon Caramel Corn with White Chocolate
Makes 12 cups (about 6 servings)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips or 3 squares of almond bark
12 cups popped popcorn (this was about 2/3 c unpopped kernels for me)
In a medium saucepan, combine butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat to allow sugar to dissolve completely and then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add cinnamon, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir well to combine.
In a large bowl add the popped popcorn and drizzle with the caramel sauce; stir well to coat. Spread the popcorn onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 275 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stirring half-way through the cook time and again after you pull it out of the oven.
Allow popcorn to cool. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave and drizzle over popcorn. Sprinkle with Kosher salt while the popcorn is still melty. Allow the chocolate to set and then break the caramel corn into pieces for serving.
And every time I say the word “popcorn” I think of this video. It’s hilarious.
Anyone else getting tired of holiday baking? Surely I’m not alone on this…
Keep Calm and Popcorn On,