Caramel Almond Popcorn

  • Yield 4 servings

Stovetop popcorn gets dressed up with caramel and almond for the holidays.

Caramel Almond Popcorn

Microwave popcorn has convinced us that cooking fresh popcorn is hard or time-consuming. It’s not. You can do it on the stovetop, and it only takes a little oil and a few minutes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups popped popcorn
2 cups raw whole almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepot. On medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes without stirring any more.
  2. Once the caramel has thickened, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
  3. Spread the popcorn in a large baking dish. Pour the caramel over the popcorn, using a spoon to toss the popcorn and almonds around and make sure they’re all coated. As the caramel cools, stir a few more times to keep the caramel from sinking to the bottom of the dish.
Reprinted with permission from Antonia Lofaso’s The Busy Mom’s Cookbook: 100 Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals (The Penguin Group, 2012).

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