Need a delicious snack to bring to work? Make this.
Love caramel corn? Make this.
Love snickers? Make this.
Wanna make something that everyone will love? Make this.
What else to say? This is a crazy good snack that will leave you eating it out of the bowl and then wonder why your pants are tight the next day. Hubs tried it when he got home and could hardly stop popping pieces of it in his mouth to rave about it. He took it into work the next day and the marketing folks loved it. It was a hit all around.
The first thing you need is popcorn. I used our popper thing but didn’t add any oil or salt—just air popped it. The first round, I used 1/2 cup of kernels. As you can see, it was a tad too much. It was literally popping out of the microwave when I opened the door. So then I cut it down to 1/4 cup at a time. I did about 2 cups of kernels. If you are just making this for you, cut that in half.
Next comes the sauce. Yum. Probably the easiest caramel topping ever. Brown sugar, butter and Karo go in the pot and boil for 5 minutes. No need to bust out the candy thermometer for this. When it gets thick, light colored and puffy, it is ready.
Once the caramel is cooked, it gets poured on the popcorn. I had to do it batches since I had so much popcorn. If you do it in batches, keep the sauce on low so it will stay warm and fluid. Once it cools, it hardens and is hard to stir on the popcorn.
When the poppycorn is all coated, it goes in the oven to cook. It gets all nice a crunchy. Mmmmm. Caramely goodness. Toss some peanuts in if ya want so that they get coated too. Be careful when you stir it around. Hot, sticky caramel is not fun on your fingers.
The last touch is the snickers. Now, if you are not a fan of the snickers, sub any candy ya like. We love them, so snickers it is. I chopped each fun size bar into 6 pieces. They got scattered on the finished popcorn and went back in the oven—just long enough to melt them into the popcorn. ooey, gooey, chocolaty popcorn goodness.
When I say it made a TON of popcorn, I am not kidding. I barely had enough counter space for it all. When it is all done, spread it on the counter to cool and harden up. And of course, doing this when it is dry is a must. Any humidity in the air and this will not set and be too sticky. This was such a hit that I will absolutely make this again. I will say that it was extremely time consuming and made a mess. I had popcorn all over the place when I was done. I guess that is ok, when you get to have such a yummy treat! Enjoy!!
Snickers Popcorn (recipe adapted from www.cookiesandcups.com)
- 8 quarts air popped corn (about 2 cups of kernels)
- 1 cup salted butter
- 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 30 “Fun Size” Snickers bars coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 200°
- Over medium heat boil butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in your baking soda.
- Pour over your popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
- Transfer to waxed paper lined counter and sprinkle peanuts on top. Stir until all is coated evenly.
- Transfer popcorn into a large roasting pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in your coarsely chopped Snickers. Return to oven for 3 more minutes so the Snickers begin to melt slightly into the popcorn.
- Remove from pan and transfer popcorn back to wax paper to cool.
- Drizzle melted chocolate on top of popcorn if desired.
- Let set and store in an airtight container.