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Caramel Corn

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Category: Snacks
Recipe Created By: Karen Farr


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1-1/2 cups unpopped popcorn, popped
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp molasses
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda


Pop the popcorn and divide into 2 or 3 large bowls. Set aside.

Combine margarine, brown sugar, molasses and salt into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 full minutes. Don't worry if the oil separates out of the margarine. It will turn out fine.

After boiling 5 minutes, remove from heat and immediately sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. The mixture will bubble up and the oil will incorporate into the sugar.

Pour sugar mixture over popped corn and working quickly, stir around the corn with two wooden spoons. Mixture will be very hot. It will not cover all pieces, but that's okay. Once cool, break apart larger pieces.

Store in an airtight container. Makes about a gallon.


Tastes like Cracker Jack without the peanuts!

This is really hot, do not use your hands!

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