Easy Family Recipes: Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

Sea Salt Caramel PopcornWhy not up your party snack game by making your own caramel popcorn. Not only does popcorn bring out the kid in everyone, but it's non-GMO and gluten free, and it's fun to eat! You can doctor it up to be salty, spicy, sweet - the options are nearly endless. If your kids aren't into the sweet and salty combo, just skip the sea salt.

One special note: This is a recipe that you'll want to make without little hands helping, as the caramel is scorchingly hot and requires a careful hand while pouring and stirring in the caramel. To clean your pot, just fill with water and bring to a boil. Any excess caramel will come off easily.

Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

Yield: 3 quarts

  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Line large, rimmed 17-by-12-inch baking pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.

Spray large glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place popcorn and nuts inside.

In medium saucepan, combine granulated sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Clip on candy thermometer and boil, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 290-degrees F (about 10-12 minutes). Remove candy thermometer and stir in vanilla. Carefully pour mixture (it's hot!) over popcorn and stir to coat well.

Spread popcorn mixture in even layer on prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces to serve.

Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from The Popcorn Board

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