Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bo's Caramel Corn

"Candy-coated popcorn, peanuts, and a prize...
That's what you get in Cracker Jack!

Okay...so you don't get any peanuts. Or a prize. It doesn't come in a box with a little sailor on the front. But it IS lip-smackin'. And paddy-whackin'. My mom gave me this recipe about 30 years ago. It's one of those kinds of foods that you can't stop eating once you try it. It's THAT good. Try it. Now.

Bo's Caramel Corn

2 (3.3 ounce) packages microwavable popcorn
1 stick butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Pop popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl.

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. 

Boil 4 – 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. 

Stir until combined then pour over popped popcorn. 

Stir until all popcorn is coated then transfer onto a large GREASED rimmed cookie sheet. 

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool. 

Break into pieces.

See all of this stuff. Just wait until you see what it can do.
After you pop the popcorn...make sure you pick out all the old maids!
Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. After boiling for 5 minutes....add the vanilla and baking soda....
...which will make it foam up like this. Very normal. Don't panic.
Then CAREFULLY pour the caramel over the popcorn. 
And mix it up!
Spread the coated popcorn in a 
GREASED or LINED cookie sheet.
After it's baked..let it cool and break it into pieces. 
Then share. Or not.


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