I make popcorn on a regular basis, it’s one of my favourite snacks, but lately I want sweet caramel corn. Instead of the plain-Jane caramel corn I wanted to mix it up a bit, so I’ve opted to add salt, peanuts and vanilla bean. Sounds like heaven, right? It is.
Oh yeah, this is happening on a Monday night.
I didn’t want to use corn syrup for my sweet treat, so I knew I had to work with brown sugar and butter. Hey – that’s not a bad thing. I did some research and came up with the simplest way to make it. No corn syrup, no baking… just sauce and let cool caramel corn.
Here’s what you do my friends… make yourself some focaccia, then for dessert, make this. Park your ass on the couch and cuddle up. This makes for one helluva meal (sorry for the awful pics, the lighting was terrible in my kitchen tonight!)
- 1 cup organic popcorn
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 c light or dark brown sugar
- 1/3 c water
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2-4 tsp coarse sea salt
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pop popcorn as per usual then spread it out on the lined baking sheet.
Remove from heat and add vanilla and soda, continue to stir while it goes puffy.
Add peanuts and mix well.
Drizzle over popcorn and lightly stir.
Salt with coarse sea salt.
Allow to cool (if you can).