September 24, 2012

Caramel Apple Popcorn

Fall is here despite me feeling like it should still be summer, especially since my 1-year-old loves to be outdoors as much as he loves pulling off his socks. I don't think he's going to understand that more clothes are necessary as the weather cools.

My husband had a potluck at work today for Monday Night Football. In addition to Smores Cupcakes, he agreed to take this popcorn that I found on Cookies and Cups. I'm not a huge caramel apple fan, but I'm not opposed to the flavor combination. This popcorn is good, not quite as addictive as some of the others I've made like Cinnamon Roll Popcorn or Peanut Butter Popcorn, but still a nice fall snack.

Caramel Apple Popcorn
1 cup unpopped corn kernels
2 cups apple chips, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. salt
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 250°F. In an air popper, pop your kernels into a large bowl. Pick out any unpopped kernels. 

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat until melted and the mixture begins to boil. Once boiling, pour in sweetened condensed milk, and stir continuously for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour directly over popcorn and apples, stirring until coated evenly.

Spread popcorn evenly onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Place in preheated oven, and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly. Remove from oven, break into pieces and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for about a week. Makes about 14 cups.

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