Caramel Popcorn is one of the greatest parts of the holidays! It's the ultimate party snack food and the perfect gift to share with others as it's basically guaranteed to be thoroughly enjoyed. This version is chewy, perfectly sweet and nicely balanced with hints of salt.
Ready in: 40minutes
1 - 1 1/4cupspopcorn kernels,popped (use the lesser for thicker caramel coating)
2 1/4cupspacked light brown sugar
1cuplight corn syrup
2tspfine sea salt,or to taste, divided
1(14 oz) cansweetened condesned milk
1 1/2tspvanilla extract
Pour popped popcorn into two large mixing bowls or 1 giant mixing bowl. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and 1/2 tsp of the sea salt.
Once it reaches a boil, add sweetened condensed milk, then return to a boil and cook mixture, stirring constantly, until it reaches 236 - 238 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla then optionally stir in 1 1 2/ tsp of the fine sea salt.
Drizzle half of the caramel over popcorn then toss several times, drizzle in remaining caramel and toss popcorn until evenly coated with caramel.