Because you don't need to pop the corn or use a candy thermometer, this is faster and easier than more traditional caramel corn recipes. To avoid messy cleanup, consider using a disposable aluminum roasting pan. —Caroline Monroe, Clinton, Wisconsin
- 1 package (8 ounces) Puffcorn curls or popped popcorn
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Place Puffcorn curls and peanuts in a large roasting pan; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, bring the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring occasionally; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add baking soda; stir well (mixture will foam up). Pour over corn curl mixture and toss well to coat.
- Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Break apart and store in airtight containers. Yield: 5 quarts.
Originally published as Corn Puff Caramel Corn in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p104
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