CINNABUN POPCORN - Warning: Addicting!

Today I had a Dentist appointment.  Ugggg...grrrr.....  I believe that this is the very first time since Motherhood ruined my teeth and my body, that I didn't have a single cavity!  I just about passed out....really.
I figured since it was such a momentous occasion I needed to celebrate by coating my polished pearly whites with this delicious Caramel Corn.  The Dentist would probably DROP DEAD!  Oh well, this popcorn was well worth the calories and the sugar rush to my clean teeth.  This popcorn does taste very similar to a nice hot Cinnamon Roll straight from the oven.  The Cinnamon is really yummy with the caramel, and the drizzle of warm White chocolate pushes it right over the top.  Try this soon, it only takes a few minutes to make, and a few seconds to eat!!!!! 

FYI:  Make sure you use Baking Soda and NOT Baking Powder!  I noticed that I made an error under a picture.  It has since been corrected, but if you get this post through subscriber email or another reader, it may still say BP. The recipe listed the correct ingredient.  Too much sugar today!



You don't have to add spiders.....they are optional!



This would make the perfect treat for your Goblin Neighbors or friends.
See....



Start by popping your popcorn.
You need about 12 cups of popped corn.
 A single recipe needs about 1/2 cup kernels popped
You could also use microwave popcorn, hot air....or whatever you like.
I always like to add more calories by using an oil popper!



Make sure that you shake out all the unpopped kernels.
or
you will also be going to the dentist!




In a microwave safe bowl, add your brown sugar.
I doubled my recipe, so I could make 2 cookies sheets.
Cut up your butter like this, and plop it on the top of the sugar.



Now....pour your Karo -corn syrup over the top.



Place your dish in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.
Remove,
Stir....it won't all be melted yet.
Put back in the Microwave, for another 2 minutes.



This is what you will get.
See how the butter...floats on the top.
You don't want this, it's not done yet.
Put the dish back in the microwave for another 2 minutes.



While it's cooking....
Get your vanilla, Cinnamon and Baking Soda ready.
Remember the cinnamon is optional, but really good.
Trust me on this one....



Now see the difference.
The color of the caramel is darker now,
and
the butter has blended with the other ingredients.
It's done.
Be Careful....it's hot!



Add your Vanilla, Cinnamon and Baking Soda.
See how it foams and rises.
Very cool!



I added nuts to half of my popcorn.
Cashews was my choice, but you could use any nut you like.
If you're not a NUT.....leave them out!



Pour your caramel mixture over the popcorn.
Mix, Stir.....eat a little.



Remember I doubled mine, so I have two pans.
A single recipe of caramel - One pan.

I added the nuts and the cinnamon to only half of my popcorn.
I made one pan of plain Caramel Corn for my husband,
who won't like caramel and Chocolate....go figure!

and
1 pan of Cinnabun.....(cinnamon + nuts added to the caramel mixture).....Oh Baby!



Place your pan or pans in a preheated 250 degree oven.
Stir every 5 minutes and rotate pans.
I wanted mine to be slightly chewy,
so
I baked mine for about 10 minutes.
If you want crunchy corn....bake 20 minutes.



Out of the oven.
Look at it's deliciousness!
Eat some right now......
See the Cinnamon?
Get ready to drizzle.



Melt your chips, wafers or bark.
Just use the microwave....stir after one minute.
Softly melt it gently.
Watch chocolate closely so you don't boil it.
It will be yuk!



see.....



Just take that spoon of warm chocolate
and
drizzle, drizzle, drizzle
Use as much or as little as you like.

Eat and get sick.....eat a little more and get sicker.
Now go brush your teeth....so you don't have to make another
Dentist appointment.

Enjoy!
I told you it was addictive.



Here is the recipe:

12 cups of Popped Pocorn
(about 1/2 Cup of kernels)

1 cup nuts...your choice 
cashews, almonds, peanuts, pecans

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/2 Cup Karo Syrup
a pinch of salt
1 stick or cube of Real Butter
I used Salted butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

vanilla wafers, chips or Almond Bark
to
drizzle over the top of popcorn

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Directions:

Place popcorn and nuts if desired, in a large bowl and set aside.  In microwave safe bowl, Measure your brown sugar, and throw in a pinch of salt.  I used 1/4 tsp for a double recipe.  Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture.  Pour Karo Syrup over the top of everything.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine.  Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes more. Remove and stir and then return to microwave for 2 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.
The butter will combine well with ingredients by now.

Remove from the microwave and add in vanilla, cinnamon (opt), and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  The mixture will foam and rise.  Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and nuts and stir very well, until everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes stirring every 5 minutes....if you want it slightly chewy.  Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes.....if you want your popcorn crunchy!

Melt your Vanilla chips, wafers or Almond Bark (about 4 oz)....and drizzle over popcorn.  Let cool, until chocolate has set.  Break into chunks and enjoy.



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HEATHER D  – (Tuesday, October 20, 2009)  

Why oh why am I addicted to your blog? Girl, I just want to come live with you for the rest of my life. I LOVE these recipes. Although it doesn't help that I have committed to a NO sugar 12 week program. It really stinks. I want to just lick my computer screen. YUM!

Table Talk  – (Tuesday, October 20, 2009)  

I seem to visit your blog after dinner, when I am craving something sweet---the pictures alone are enough to satisfy my sweet tooth! I love caramel corn---have never made it using the microwave-into the-oven method though. The last time I made it (stove top) I nearly scorched my arm off. Will give this method a try.

Lynn  – (Tuesday, October 20, 2009)  

Oh. My. Stars!
You've done it to me again!!! You are amazing. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog.

My youngest daughter's school's bake sale is on Friday. I am SOoo making these into little packages to sell. THANK YOU!

Justine  – (Tuesday, October 20, 2009)  

With this great popcorn recipe you are ruining all my exercise efforts.
Oh well! :)

Karen –   – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

Thank you so much for the great website! There is so much useful information. I have a particular problem that I am wondering if you could advise me on. I know this question is not about this recipe, but I didn't know where else to post this...sorry!

My daughter goes to an international school. Many of the students are boarders and are far away from home. The parents group at the school would like to find a way to make sure that none of the 300+ kids are missed on their birthdays, but we are a small group and cannot possibly bake and frost cupcakes every day. Is there a successful way that we could freeze baked, frosted cupcakes so that the student council would have access to them every day? Could they have sprinkles on them? How would you wrap them? If that wouldn’t work, do you have any other suggestions?

Any advice that you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Frenchie  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

I want to make this, but I am scared to. This seems like something that preys on my weakness for the salty, sweet, crunchy combo.

bBchronicles  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

OH WOW! I'll let you know HOW it turns out! Ditto on what HEATHER D. had to say! ! !

Valerie  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

Those look so good. It would be a fun Halloween treat, your're right!

Karly  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

Oh, WOW! This looks amazing. I'm going to have to try this with milk chocolate since I'm not a fan of the white, but I imagine it will still be AMAZING!

Thanks for the recipe!

Brandi  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

MMMMMMMM...that looks and sounds so good! I will have to keep that in the file for later!
Way to go on the clean bill of health at the dentist!!!

Tia  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

the choc. makes these to die for!!! tasty post. thx!

BluRibbonz  – (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)  

This looks absolutely mouth watering!!I am definately going to have to make this =P I do suggest though, using mushroom popcorn - it is sturdier and will hold up better when being mixed with all the caramel and chocolate. I buy mine in kernals - from www.justpoppin.com - and pop it myself so I dont end up adding a bunch of unneeded salt, butter, oil, etc to the mix.
The only problem with this recipe is... do I make it and keep it for myself, or should I be nice and share? LOL!!

Colleen  – (Sunday, October 25, 2009)  

Oh my hat.......Im off to make a dentist's appointment. Broke my front teeth crunching into the computer screen :o) This looks to die for. Thank you!! xxx

Ingrid  – (Sunday, October 25, 2009)  

I made this last month. It was great and so easy! Yours looks wonderful.
~ingrid

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