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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 18
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 116.7
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.9 mg
  • Sodium: 116.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 27.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g

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Caramel Popcorn

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Caramel Popcorn

Introduction

This lightened-up version of caramel popcorn is our favorite tailgate treat. This lightened-up version of caramel popcorn is our favorite tailgate treat.
Number of Servings: 18

Ingredients

    Cooking spray
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
    1/4 cup butter
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    12 cups air-popped popcorn (6 T kernels)

Directions

This recipe is from "The SparkPeople Cookbook"!



Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a large jelly roll pan or baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a medium or large heavy bottomed saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring 3-4 times to scrape down the sides of the pan and keep the mixture from bubbling up. If you have a pastry brush, dip it in cool water and use it to brush down the sides of the pan. Be careful; the mixture will burn you if it boils over. 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 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

Let the popcorn cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Serving size is about 2/3 cup.





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  • Incredible!
    136 of 140 people found this review helpful
    Just a point of interest: I have found that you can substitute agave nectar for corn syrup in any recipe and it comes out fine. Agave nectar has a low glycemic index and is better for you. - 10/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    68 of 68 people found this review helpful
    I also threw in a handful of almonds before coating with the caramel sauce. Yummy! - 10/27/09

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  • 54 of 58 people found this review helpful
    sounds delicious! for those of you worried about eating it all at once, separate it into small snack size ziplock bags and then store them some where in accessible. I keep some of my favorite treats in the trunk of my car so that I have to get dressed and go outside to get them. Less temptation - 10/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
    fantastic! i burnt the first batch, so i remade it and reduced cooking time to 32 minutes and it turned out almost TOO good. family loves it. i used light brown sugar the second time around. YUM, YUM, YUM - 9/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
    I made this with Splenda brown sugar blend. It turned out great. Thanks for the recipe. - 1/2/10

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  • Good
    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
    My only dislike was the saltiness of the popcorn. I will say that I don't like a lot of salt on things so the recipe as is, is like fine for most. I do plan to try this treat again but next time I'll leave out the salt. - 10/17/09

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  • 30 of 36 people found this review helpful
    Sounds perfect for this time of year. Once I had a recipe like this but instead of oven drying, we put popped corn in doubled brown grocery bags(paper), poured cooked syrup over corn, rolled down top and shook it to coat. Micro on high 1.5 min. Remove and shake well, micro another 1.5 min. Cool wax - 10/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    very good. very easy. Make sure to spray the pan with pam. To help with cleaning. It was so good. Hard to just stop with one serving. The whole family loved it! - 10/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Great fun for the kids! Sometimes food should just be a blast to anticipate, to prepare and to eat. This qualifies. - 10/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Sounded so good, I just had to make some. (And that glaze does make a very tasty caramel sauce!) - 10/10/09

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  • 19 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Agave Nector is a great substitute-works perfect. Also using Maple Syrup instead of brown sugar is a good idea-although pricier, it's way better for your body to process. - 12/5/09

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  • Very Good
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Holy guacamole this stuff is amazing!! 18 servings - no way - more like 4! - 11/2/09

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  • Incredible!
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    made this today....LOVE IT...I used almost 1 cup of popcorn kernels...and it's just as tasty...but I can eat more!!!! gotta love that...it's not as covered with the caramel...but still good... - 10/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic and so easy to make. - 9/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    We added a handful of mixed nuts to the recipe. Even the kids liked it! We really enjoyed this sweet treat. - 1/31/10

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  • 12 of 32 people found this review helpful
    Corn syrup and over 7g of sugar per serving! Certainly ONLY a once-in-a-while treat. I wonder if you can sub the syrup for molasses or honey - both healthier alternatives. If I were to try this, I'd work on some substitutions and, I'd cut the syrup in half for the same amount of popped corn. :-) - 10/27/09

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  • 12 of 28 people found this review helpful
    Too many carbs . . . but I may try it with a sugar subsitute. Looks so delicious that I'd worry that I wouldn't stop with just one serving! - 10/10/09

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This is a favorite of mine. I would make this for my kids when they were little. They are now grown and ask for it all the time. It is easy to make and so DELICIOUS! - 10/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Delicious.........I did substitute Splenda Brown Sugar and Agave and it turned out so good. - 10/10/09

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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    My granddaughter and myself loved it. - 10/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    mom's recipe to a tee. She would make batches for Christmas giving. always a favorite with the family - 10/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Tried this with the Girls Scouts Juniors and they loved it!!! Each of them was able to do much it by themselves and afterwards sit back watch a movie and eat to their hearts content! :D Had to share the recipe with several mothers aftwerwards but it was worth it. Thanks so much - 11/1/09

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  • 8 of 26 people found this review helpful
    i don't understand the nutritional info. only 7 grams of sugar even though you're using 2 different kinds, and less than a gram of fiber even though it's Popcorn (which is suppossed to be high in fiber, right?)
    It sounds good, and I'll make it, but it'd be much healthier w/o so much salt or sugar - 12/5/09

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  • 8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I like this very much. Thank you! - 10/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    oh, gosh this is great - 9/17/09

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