This recipe has been on my "to make" list for some time. I wanted to make it during the holidays, but I never got around to it. I can't believe I waited so long to try and make caramel corn - it is SO easy and SO good! The cinnamon was a nice touch - makes you feel all warm and toasty inside; which is good because it is 26 degrees outside! Whip up a batch today and eat it while you watch one of your favorite movies this weekend! Be careful - this stuff is addictive. We are calling it "popcorn crack".
Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans
Recipe by Our Best Bites
12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels or 2 bags of microwave popcorn)
1 C pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 C brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C karo syrup (or honey)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.
Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.
Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy!