Once the caramel corn pops, you won’t stop snacking!
Did you know that popcorn comes in different shapes? There are two main kinds: butterfly (also called snowflake) and mushroom. Most of the popcorn you get at the movies or buy at the market is butterfly shape, which pops up light and fluffy with lots of “wings” sticking out.
Caramel popcorn, however, is often made with mushroom popcorn, which is a rounder shape (like a mushroom with a cap) and a sturdier texture. Both popcorn shapes work for this recipe, but if you fund mushroom popcorn in a specialty store or online, give it a try with this caramel popcorn recipe! Note: Use plain popcorn in this recipe, not popcorn with butter flavoring. Make sure to use dark corn syrup here. Light corn syrup won’t give you that deep caramel-y color.
Makes 7 1/2 cups
Vegetable oil spray
7 cups popped plain popcorn
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt