Snickers Caramel Corn

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My 3 old son thinks making popcorn is a pre-requisite to watching a movie together as a family.  A few nights ago, he got out Ratatouille and said “K, Mom….time to make popcorn!”  Well alright!  I had this recipe on file for a while and thought it sounded scrumptious, so we made it and then watched our movie.  I love that we are forming little traditions like this with our little family of 4 (even if it’s only popcorn with a movie…hopefully a memory he’ll remember always).
Did anyone have a lot less Trick-or-treaters than normal?  Some of my neighbors and friends said they are OVERFLOWING with candy still!    So here’s one way to use some of that candy (vs. sitting down and eating a whole fun-size bag of candy bars)!  It turned out delicious, and I loved the chunks of Snickers in it.  I was out of peanuts, but I’m sure that would have made it twice as good!
After we ate it all ourselves, I thought how cute it would be to give away as gifts in little baggies tied up with some ribbon.  Darn…better make it again! 🙂

This recipe was also posted over at Kiki Creates.

Snickers Caramel Corn

8 quarts air popped corn (about 2 cups of kernels)
1 cup salted butter
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup salted peanuts
30 “Fun Size” Snickers bars coarsely chopped
3 oz melted semi sweet chocolate (optional)

Preheat oven to 200°

Over medium heat boil butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in your baking soda.  Pour over your popcorn and stir to coat evenly.  Transfer to waxed paper lined counter and sprinkle peanuts on top. Stir until all is coated evenly.  Transfer popcorn into a large roasting pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir in your coarsely chopped Snickers. Return to oven for 3 more minutes so the Snickers begin to melt slightly into the popcorn.  Remove from pan and transfer popcorn back to wax paper to cool.

Drizzle melted chocolate on top of popcorn if desired.  Let set and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Source:  Cookies and Cups

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