Most caramel corn recipes I come across anymore use microwave popcorn. I think you need to pop your corn the old fashioned way. In a frying pan with hot oil and yellow corn kernels.
Drizzle enough vegetable oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Turn your heat to Med/High heat. Then cover the bottom of the pan with a layer of corn kernels.
My little dog does her popcorn dance while the corn pops! She loves, loves popcorn!
It usually takes a couple of batches of popping corn to get 6 quarts of popped corn. I divide them between to foil pans. I have saved these pans just for making my caramel corn.
Next I make the caramel.
Melt 2 sticks of margarine in a pan.
To the melted margarine I add 2 cups of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup.
Stir continuously until everything is mixed.
Keep stirring on high heat until the mixture come to a full rolling boil.
Set your kitchen timer for 5 minutes. Let the mixture boil without stirring.
After the 5 minutes are up, remove the mixture from the heat. Quickly stir in 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.
Stir until the baking soda and vanilla are combined. The mixture will bubble up and become frothy.
Pour this mixture over the popped corn. I divide mine equally between my 2 pans of popped corn.
With a wooden spoon stir the caramel mixture until all of the popcorn is coated.
The pans of corn go into a preheated 250.F oven. The caramel corn bakes for 1 hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.
After it has baked for an hour, pour the mixture on wax paper to cool.
I like to divide mine up between plastic bags to send with the "pipeliner" at work. But it stays fresh in a covered container for 3-5 days.
I know when the "pipeliner" opens his lunch pail tomorrow he will be thrilled with his treat. And I am sure his co-workers will be happy as well. He does like to share!
Lizzy's Baked Caramel Corn
6 quarts of popped popcorn
2 sticks of margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Bake in a 250F. oven for 1 hour