Happy Monday! It’s a happy Monday for me because I am officially on Winter break! That means two weeks of sleeping late and being lazy! Well, that’s not really good because the less I do the lazier I get…need to avoid that!
My mom is pretty much recuperated from being sick so things are getting better for her and for me! I am able to kind of get back to a regular routine which include doing some cooking and baking.
This year I have obviously been a procrastinator but I was put over the edge last Thursday! My baby wanted to go to the mall and I was busy making a treat to take to work for our Winter luncheon. After back and forth arguing he won and we went to the crazy, packed mall! UGH! But he was a happy camper at the end so I’m glad it all worked out for us. I was able to finish making this delicious popcorn that I took to work on Friday. I received tons of compliments on it so I am sharing the recipe right now.
I was so exhuasted after the mall that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of the popcorn in its cute big container.
I am making tons of this for Christmas Eve. It will also be our neighbor gifts.
Salty Vanilla Pretzel Popcorn (makes about 14 cups popcorn)
- about 12 cups popped popcorn
- about 2 cups pretzel twists
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F, Grease a large (but shallow) roasting pan with butter or cooking spray, and add popcorn and pretzels to the pan.
In a 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt Whisk over medium heat until it begins to boil. Allow to boil over medium heat (without stirring!!) for about 5 minutes. The mixture will be deep gold and bubbling.
Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam and froth. Keep stirring. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture. Use to large spoons to toss the mixture, coating all of the popcorn and pretzels in caramel. Work as quickly as you can.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and toss. Return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss. Allow to cool before handling and packaging.
This really is outstanding popcorn. It’s easy to make and has regular every day ingredients in it. YUM!
Have a great day!
Recipe Source Joy the Baker