Butter Caramel Puff Corn – No Kernels, No Hulls!
I posted my caramel corn recipe on Facebook yesterday (click here to get it if you’d like) and realized that I’d never posted my Caramel Puff Corn recipe on here! Oh mercy, where has my head been? This stuff is absolutely divine, with a capital “D”. It has a delicious honey taste to it (regardless of which ingredient options you use) and none of the pesky hulls or kernels you encounter with traditional caramel corn. Also, since you buy the puff corn in a bag, there is no popping popcorn in preparation for making it. Just walk into your kitchen, put some stuff in a pot, pour the puff corn in a baking dish and proceed as directed!
Personally, I like this better than caramel corn because it is easier on your teeth.
Oh but Christy, have we really got to the age where we have to worry about whether or not something is hard on our teeth? I don’t know about you but I sure have!
Warning: make this early in the day because you may end up eating it all yourself and if you do, you’ll need plenty of time to hide the evidence that you made it and didn’t share.
You’ll need: Corn Syrup (or Honey), Light Brown Sugar (the world won’t end if you use dark though), Butter, and a wee bit of Baking Soda.
Now I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to point out, yet again, that these baking soda boxes are annoying and surely to goodness some company out there is going to make a more reasonable baking soda container. There are some nice ones on the cleaning aisle, which I am not above using. Have y’all found a decent one?
You’ll also need some Puff Corn. This isn’t popcorn. There are no hulls or anything and it is baked. It sure is good!
Sometimes it can be hard to find, though. My Wal Mart carries the cheese flavored kind but not the butter flavored kind you need for this recipe. I got these are Krogers for $2 a bag. Each bag is 3.5 ounces, so you end up with 10.5 ounces, which is what you need for a single recipe of Caramel Puff Corn. However, Mama’s Foodland carries bags twice this size for the same price so maybe you’ll get lucky and find the bigger, cheaper bags. They’re all good.
By the way, if you’ve never looked for this before, it is usually near the cheetos and such.
See? Oven baked, no hulls, no kernels.
Easy on your teeth
Place brown sugar, butter, and honey or corn syrup in a medium sauce pot.
Stir constantly while bringing to a boil over medium high heat.
Once boiling, allow to boil for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
This will get it kind of foamy.
Stir until it’s all dissolved in there, which will just take a minute.
Spray a large roasting pan or two 9×13 baking dishes with cooking spray.
Divide puff corn among the two dishes.
Pour topping evenly over all of the puff corn.
Stir really well until it is well coated.
Place in 250 degree oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring really well every 15 minutes.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
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