December 4, 2013

Homemade Caramel Corn

It has been unnecessarily cold outside these days. I wished for colder weather and I guess I got it. Now, it's not my fault that this weather makes me want to eat everything in sight but it does. So when I had a day off recently I really wanted something comforting and sweet. I set off to Pinterest to find something that would hit the spot, and boy did I find it. I can't seem to find the original source but if anyone knows who it is feel free to let me know so I can credit that wonderful, wonderful person. Anyway the recipe is Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn and is super simple to make. If you frequent Pinterest as much as I do, then chances are you've come across this recipe. And if you haven't made it yet you definitely should. Some pieces are soft and gooey and some are just sweet like kettle corn. Anyway, it's simply amazing and only requires a few ingredients. In other words, it's my dream recipe.
 What You'll Need

1/2 C of Brown sugar
1/2 C of Butter (it's worth it!)
Around 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
1 bag of microwave popcorn

*I admit the ingredients may seem somewhat indulgent but it's the holidays. That means indulgent foods are a requirement. Trust me. I adapted this recipe because I'm not a fan of microwaving things if I can just use a sauce pan - textures, flavors, and things tend to get weird in microwaves. I did, however, use it to cook the microwave popcorn. I totally prefer stove-popped popcorn I just didn't have any so I went with the processed stuff this time and thought it came out great. Use what you'd like though. 

1. In a small sauce pan melt the butter. Add the sugar and wait for it to dissolve. Meanwhile, pop your corn and set aside in a serving bowl. You'll be adding the marshmallow mixture to the popcorn soon so make sure the bowl will be big enough. 

2. When it's approaching smoothness you can add the marshmallows. Confession, I used all of the marshmallows that I had. Like, all those in the picture went into the butter. Minus the one's I ate of course. it was a lot of marshmallows. Now that this is off my chest we can move on. You should have this on low-medium heat just to make sure it doesn't burn. Now stir! Mix it until the marshmallows become creamy, kind of like you're making Rice Crispy Treats. 

3. When it's all mixed and smooth pour it on the popcorn. Gently stir that to incorporate all of the ingredients. Then voila, you have caramel marshmallow popcorn! I suggest eating this with a partner because it does get pretty sweet. And if you conquer this yourself then hell yeah to you! I hope everyone enjoys this. Cheers, until next time!

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