Sweeten Up National Popcorn Day

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sweeten Up National Popcorn Day

Pop to It!

My kids gobble up popcorn by the handful, so I create different flavors to keep smiles on their faces. One of my favorite recipes infuses sweet caramel with peanuts (for a bit of saltiness), topped with a chocolate drizzle. And Hiland Dairy Butter adds delicious flavor to this recipe.

Caramel Popcorn With Chocolate Drizzle

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients

  • 20 cups popcorn, popped (approximately 3/4 cup unpopped)
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Hiland Dairy Butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 teaspoons shortening

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250° F. Spray large roasting pan with cooking spray. Mix popcorn and peanuts in roasting pan and place in oven.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 1

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 2

Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for an additional 5 minutes without stirring.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 3

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and baking soda (the mixture should be light and foamy).

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 4

Remove popcorn from oven and immediately pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 5

Put the popcorn back in oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 6

Line the countertop with waxed paper. Dump the popcorn onto the waxed paper and spread evenly. Let cool completely.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 7

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave for about 90 seconds, stirring once until melted.

Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Step 8

Drizzle over popcorn. Let chocolate set before serving.

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip

You can kick up the flavor by adding a drop or two of mint or banana extract to the chocolate drizzle. And, don’t forget to serve up this sweet treat with a tall glass of Hiland Dairy Milk!

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva

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