Cooking spray1 cup packed dark brown sugar1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup1/3 cup butter1 tablespoon light molasses1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt12 cups popcorn (popped without salt or fat)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.
Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Let the popcorn cool completely before dividing it into holiday tins for giving. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
I've been making this 35 years, but since extra "menopause" weight, I've cut way back on sugar. So I make the regular recipe for gift-giving. For myself, I use far more popcorn per coating so there is less sugar. Still tasty, and now that I'm used to it, I find the regular a bit too sweet.
A great recipe. For those who don't want so much "sweetness" and "sugar" just cut the syrup ingredients in half. Popcorn won't get as coated. Less sweetness, less calories. You may have to adjust the oven time, also.
Corn syrup, really? Not for me when you can get yummy sugar free caramel sauce from Torino and others. It's thin, so I just use a little with a bit of "good fat" oil, like olive, for a serving. A little goes a long way.