Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Caramel/Candied Popcorn

 I've decided that this is what I am handing out to the neighbourhood kids this year.  I suppose I will have to offer an alternative to kids I don't know, but for the many wee'uns I do know this is what they're getting.  I have posted a caramel corn recipe before but this one is a bit easier, I think, even though it bakes for longer.  It is also a little more adaptable with the candied version.  This is a Paula Deen recipe that has been (easily) veganized and cut in half.  I certainly don't own a roasting pan that can hold 8 quarts of popcorn.  I guess everything really is bigger in America.

INGREDIENTS
- 2/3 cup popping corn
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 cup packed brown sugar (use white sugar for the candied version)
- large pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- food colouring (for candied version)
- food flavouring (optional for candied version)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda

METHOD
1. Pop the popping corn whatever way you like (hot air popper, stove top).  Your yield should be 8 cups of popcorn.  Transfer to a large roasting pan to cool, making sure you remove unpopped kernels.
2. Preheat oven to 200F .
3. Place margarine, sugar, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to bubbling and boil for 5 mins.  If you want to use a candy thermometer, you are aiming for 125F, but just letting it do its thing for 5 mins works as well.
4. If making candied version, add food colouring and flavours and mix well.  Add baking soda and mix well.  Drizzle over popcorn and stir to coat.
5. Bake for 1 hour, gently stirring every 15 mins.
6. Spread on waxed paper or baking parchment to cool.  Break into smaller pieces if needed.


The idea of the candied version is to make coloured and flavoured popcorn according to the event.  I made orange popcorn with some Wilton icing gel.  Red colouring and cinnamon flavour for Valentine's Day.  You get the idea.  

12 comments:

Simran Bakehouse said...

Are your degrees in C OR F?

Amey said...

oh, I love this post. When I was little, there was a woman in our neighborhood who handed out giant homemade popcorn balls every year, and it was so super special. I remember when she had to stop doing it, because of all the "razor blades in chocolate bars" business... and we were all sad. Long live halloween popcorn!

Chloe Verde said...

this sounds amazing!

Definitely going to make a whole heap this weekend.

I recently made caramalised macadamies in a similar way last week
(http://www.bythelock.com/2012/10/make-your-own-candied-macadamias.html)

chloe

Stephanie F said...

Looks amazingly yummy. I'll have to make this for my husband! haha!

Courtney said...

Do you think this would work as popcorn balls if I were to scoop it and press it into a ball before baking? Thanks!

Debbie said...

Looks like a great halloween treat!

I'm pretty sure few people in America have roasting pans that big. Paula Deen is, thankfully, not really representative of America in most respects.

urban vegan said...

You are awesome! I was just remarking on Facebook the other day that GMO (as in most of the stuff in mass-produced candies) is OMG backwards ;)

kzcakes said...

My partner and I were having a debate about trick or treating. I say no way, I'm not letting my (future) kids go door to door and get gross dairy-laden candy that I worked hard never to feed them their entire lives. He (vegetarian) says they will miss out on a fun tradition and demands they go. Are there any words of wisdom you might have for me, as a vegan father of 4? Is there something the kids do instead on halloween that might be better than trick or treating?

genkikitty said...

That looks amazing!

Timaree said...

If you aren't against using a microwave, put this in a large bowl (I've used a Tupperware one but plastic can melt so a glass one is best if you can find a large enough one) and microwave for 4-5 minutes stirring after each minute. Works super for more evenly coated corn than I've been able to get with the oven method.

Oscar Winston said...

This post makes me salivate! Looks sooooo good!

chinese girl said...

Love galettes--so easy yet so gorgeous when baked. Lovely!thai brides