Friday, December 16, 2011

Amish Caramel Corn

As I said yesterday I am baking up a storm, in addition to that I am making candies and chocolates; caramel corn sort of falls in the middle. This is a great little gift to include with your cookie trays, send to kids at college or anyone that likes popcorn or caramel corn.

This recipe comes from a fun book, The All American Christmas Cookbook by Georgia Orcutt and John Margolis. The book has one recipe from each state and is filled with vintage post cards and advertisements from the same states. I think you will enjoy the recipes and the images.

Amish Christmas Caramel Corn

12/3 cups popcorn kernels (12 oz)
2 cups toasted almonds
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 cup(2 sticks) butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Pop the kernels according to the directions on the package. I use an air popper. Put popped kernels in 2 greased deep baking pans, add the almonds or any other nuts that you like and set aside.

Heat the oven to 250. In a pan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir until combined, continue cooking for 5 minutes. Stir constantly or this will burn.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla and the baking soda. Stir until light and foamy, be careful because this will rise up in the pan and you do not want to get hurt.

Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir to coat.

Bake pans for 1 hour, removing and stirring popcorn every 15 minutes.

Line counter with waxed paper and dump popcorn on waxed paper and separate with a spatula. After cooled place in tins to keep fresh.

Enjoy! Happy holidays, happy baking and have a happy day! I also have lots of chocolate recipes this week on my other blog Once Upon A Chocolate, come over and check it out!

One more thing, as you could tell by the last few post, I love Hermes, go to How About Orange and you will find a really great link to wallpaper your desktop in HERMES! I love it. Of course there is no time for things like that until after the holidays, way to many things going on. But file that for fun at a later date.



  1. Wow it must be so much fun to be at your house with all that wonderful baking! I would never leave your kitchen!!
    Sounds yummy, love caramel popcorn. Well, I actually love caramel anything:)

  2. Must get that book Elizabeth, sounds wonderful. I know I have been a bit absent. Hectic run up to Christmas and no time to do the thing I love most, chat with bloggy friends. Hope your days are becoming more peaceful towards the big day!

  3. My family will love you forever for this recipe Elizabeth!!

  4. Elizabeth, sweet friend, happy weekend!

    I am finally able to catch up with dear blog friends, which makes me so happy!
    I have read all of your week's posts, and I am loving the Parisian photos...keep them coming:)))
    And this caramel corn..oooh, I can almost smell it! As for my baking, it's mostly the Martha Stewart banana bread for friends and neighbors. It has sour cream in it, and I add dark chocolate chips...wowsa!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!
    - Irina


    I am so late in coming; I had a doctor's appointment yesterday, then since I was off of work, I spent the whole day CREATING!

    THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY POST...I so love to see my friends coming and I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR OF FRIENDSHIP MY DEAR!!!! Many many hugs and thanks for a super and uplifting blog, a kindness and a connection with us all that LIFTS MY SPIRITS!

    This weekend, I am relaxing and finalizing my new ideas for my Etsy. No drawings this time....little theatres and'll see!


    Oh and BTW, I LOVE POPCORN!!!!


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