This is a modification of a recipe I found on allrecipes.com for My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn.
Stacey's Caramel Popcorn Ingredients:
5-6 quarts plain popped popcorn, organic
2 tbs sunflower oil, organic (for popping)
1-2 tsp salt
2 cups dry roasted almonds, local (optional)
1 cup dark brown sugar, organic, loose and unpacked
1 cup white sugar, organic
1/3 cup light corn syrup, organic
6 tbs butter, organic
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
First I popped the popcorn in my Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper (which I love for popping popcorn). It took 2 batches to make all the popcorn and I used 1 tablespoon of oil for each batch. Probably 1/3-1/2c of kernels for each round. Just enough so that 80-90% of the bottom of the pot is covered with kernels with no overlap. Overfilling is bad.
Then I preheated the oven to 275F and spread the popcorn and the nuts in a jelly roll pan and a 9x13 metal cake pan lined with foil. I really wish I had a roasting pan. It would have been awesome. Instead I fought to not make a giant mess when I had to stir in the caramel. :)
Next, I put the sugars, corn syrup, butter and vanilla paste in a pot and cooked it until it was boiling and I didn't see anymore sugar granules. I removed it from heat and then added the baking soda and stirred to combine. Then I poured half of the mixture over each portion of popcorn and stirred as well as I could with a heat-safe rubber spatula.
I put both trays in the oven and then stirred them every 10-15 minutes for about 35 minutes so that they got an even coat. Then I took them out of the oven and let them cool.
My friends really liked it. "I want the recipe!" demanded my friend Helen. So, here. :)
Happy New Year!