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Caramel Apple Popcorn with Cinnamon

This Caramel Apple Popcorn with Cinnamon is sweet and crunchy with the pieces of dried apples mixed with a touch of cinnamon.,
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make caramel corn, who to make homemade popcorn
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 large bowl
Calories 319kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Popcorn

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2/3 cup popping corn
  • salt to taste
  • 4 oz. dried apples

Caramel

Instructions

Pop Corn

  • In a large pan with a lid, heat the oil.
  • Add the popcorn to the hot oil and plate the lid on the pan.  Shake the pan gently back and forth over the heat so the popcorn kernels don't burn.
  • Keep shaking the pan back and forth once the corn starts popping.  Once the corn is done popping turn off the heat, remove the lid and add salt to taste.
  • Pour the popcorn in a bowl big enough that you can stir it around.

Caramel

  • In a small saucepan add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and cinnamon. Heat to a boil, stirring the mixture. This takes about 5 minutes.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and add the 1/2 tsp. of baking soda.  This will cause the caramel to foam up slightly. 
  • Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn and apples.  Stir completely to distribute the caramel.

Baking the caramel corn

  • Heat the oven to 250 degrees.  Pour the caramel covered popcorn into a greased baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes turning the caramel corn over every 15 minutes.
  • When done pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Cover leftovers with plastic wrap.

Notes

A few tips for this recipe

Bake the caramel corn 

Once you pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and get it all mixed together,  you can start eating it, but there is another important step that will make the caramel corn extra crunchy. Make sure to take the time to bake the caramel-coated popcorn in a low-temperature.  Also, by doing this the popcorn will not go stale so quickly.

Why add baking soda

Why add baking soda in a popcorn recipe.  This is actually a really important step in making the caramel sauce, it is kind of scientific and what happens is the baking soda will make the caramel foam up and creates tiny bubbles in the sauce so when the caramel cools those air bubbles with keeping the caramel soft. What happens if you leave it out, there is a good chance you will crack a tooth because the caramel coating will be hard.

What can I do with the leftover caramel corn

Put the leftover caramel corn in a sealed container or a plastic bag and it should keep well for a couple of days.  This is another reason to bake the popcorn since it keeps it from going stale faster.

Want to change things up in this recipe, try these suggestions

  • Instead of the cinnamon, add apple pie spice - this spice adds delicious flavors
  • If you like apples, just add more dried apples to the recipe
  • For the nut lover, pecans are a great addition to this recipe
  • If you like sweet and salty add a teaspoon of salt to the recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 114mg