Movie Bites: Golden Caramel Popcorn

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I think we all know what Sunday is: the Academy Awards! After an exciting season of handing out trophies to the movers and shakers of Hollywood, the time has come for the night of the golden statue. I watch the Oscars every year, usually with several snacks within arm’s reach. I don’t want to miss a thing so I prepare everything beforehand.

In honor of the Oscars, I made a delicious Golden Caramel Popcorn. I was always intimidated by caramel and thought it would be similar to my sticky situation with Homemade Marshmallows; however, that was not the case at all. After the caramel boils and bubbles, it becomes a sweet and syrupy substance that is easy to work with if you move fast enough. This recipe was fantastic, and not only does the caramel have a golden glow to it, but it truly tastes Oscar-worthy.

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Golden Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients:
1. 1 bag of popped microwave popcorn (I used this one)
2. 2 cups of brown sugar
3. 1 cup of butter
4. 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
5.  1/2 teaspoon salt
6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
7. 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
1. Pop popcorn.
2. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
3. In a medium saucepan (you want to make sure there is enough depth to it), boil the brown sugar, butter, and syrup.
4. Bring heat to low-medium and let boil for 5 minutes. Don’t stir!
5. Remove saucepan from heat and add salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix all together.
6. Place popcorn on a deep greased cookie sheet. Pour caramel sauce over popcorn.
7. Bake for one hour, and stir the popcorn and caramel together every 15-20 minutes to re-layer and make sure the caramel covers all of the popcorn.
8. After one hour, let caramel popcorn cool down. Enjoy!

{Photos by Lauren}

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