Popcorn + Paper bag + Microwave = Mmmmm...
The other night, I made some caramel popcorn. I got the recipe when one of my friends did an enrichment mini-class on "gifts that taste good". You know...We ALL need more ideas than just a plate of cookies. It's a great recipe & pretty easy too. You end up with kind of a "Cracker Jacks" type of popcorn (not usually as dark though). Here's the recipe. Try it!
Microwave Caramel Popcorn
You need about 16 C popped popcorn. I used 2 bags of microwave popcorn - which is a little less I think. Put the popped popcorn into a paper grocery bag. Place 1/2 C butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 C brown sugar & 1/4 C light corn syrup into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high 1-2 minutes until caramel mixture bubbles. Stir, then cook 3 minutes more - stirring after each minute. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda & 1 tsp vanilla and stir. Pour mixture all over popcorn in paper bag. Fold the bag down several times (so it fits back in microwave) & cook on high 1 minute. Shake the bag. Cook 1 minute more, then shake. Cook 30 seconds, then shake and 30 seconds more & shake again. Then pour out on the counter to cool (on foil or waxed paper).
This stuff is SO good. I didn't think to take a picture until it was almost gone. Like I said, I used 2 bags of Microwave popcorn, so that should give you an idea of the batch size. I don't think I would recommend doubling the batch, because you want to be able to shake it to coat everything evenly. BEWARE - The bag gets hot! I usually hold the top where it is folded & use a potholder to pinch the bottom of the bag.
Pick up a few bags at the grocery store, you won't be able to reuse them after this.