Its Halloween so we are posting two recipes for you today first is this caramel cluster popcorn. When we were kids we would all meet at my grandparent’s house and go trick or treating with all our cousins and aunts and uncles while my grandparents passed out candy. When the bags got too heavy our mom and dad would hold them for us and we would just carry the candy back to them at the end of the drive ways, by the time we got back there were absolutely no snickers or almond joys because they had eaten them all.
We would go back to their house and dump all the candy on the floor and see what we had, I would find a secluded corner so that no one tried to take anything, Emily on the other hand always sat on the floor in the living room and would have her candy incorporated into someone else’s pile a little at a time… she would cry and get upset but she never did learn and would do the exact same thing the next year. Before we would get to my grandparents we would stop at the neighbor’s houses and then stop by our other grandmother’s house. She would always have this old fashioned candy from when she was little and then these homemade popcorn balls. I don’t know if just made them really far in advance or if it was the recipe itself but they were always rock hard… sometimes it’s the thought that counts.
Here we are dressed as gypsies, and our brother as a werewolf, in the homemade costumes that our mom always made us. Check out the giant hoop earrings made out of canning jar rings…
When I made the caramel sauce the other day for Baked Caramel Apples I had 2 cups or so left over so rather than just leave it in the fridge and maybe use maybe not I decided right then and there that we should make something really good to have for dessert on Halloween. Caramel popcorn seemed like the perfect choice, I guess those popcorn balls really stuck with me, and in this case would be really easy since we didn’t need to start with the sauce. Although, I have to say that even starting with making the sauce this really is not a complicated recipe. It is slightly time consuming because the baking time is lengthy but in our case we baked it while making dinner so it wasn’t too bad. I somewhat expected this popcorn to taste like Cracker Jack’s or that Crunch N Munch stuff but this was so much better and it made the whole house smell amazing.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Pop your popcorn using your preferred method, we used my air popper. Place your popcorn in a large cooking dish or a roasting pan.
If you made your caramel sauce ahead of time you may need to reheat it slightly to get a spreadable consistency, if you are making it fresh for this recipe let it cool slightly so that you don’t burn your hands when you go to mix it. Add your peanuts to the caramel sauce and mix well, we found this technique to work best in helping the peanuts to adhere to the popcorn. Gently pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and mix well but gently, your hands work best for this. Place the caramel popcorn in the oven and cook for 1 ½ hours, mixing the popcorn around every 15 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before eating to allow the caramel to harden.
Much Love, Aislinn and Emily