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Caramel Corn

What you need: 

1/2 to 3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vegan margarine
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag (3 1/2 ounce) popcorn

What you do: 

1. Combine brown sugar, water, and butter in saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and boil (over medium-low to low) for 2-3 minutes. Begin popping corn.s
2. Remove sugar mixture from heat, and add vanilla. Let caramel sauce cool just slightly, stirring constantly with spoon. Pour over popped popcorn in a large bowl, and toss/fold with wooden spoon until well combined and glazed.
3. Let cool (it helps to put it in fridge), and it gets nice and crunchy. Or if you simply can't wait, dive in immediately, but it will be wet and messy.
You can also substitute peanut butter (or other nut butter) for margarine (increase the amount), and add some cinnamon. Experiment.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
3
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Wanted to update now that this has become my staple sweet tooth snack. To make a shelf stable batch follow the syrup recipe up to the end but once you remove it from the heat add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir quickly to incorperate (it will foam so be sure your pan has extra room) and pour over popcorn. It coats better and promotes hardening of the sugar so it wont get stale so quickly. Oce coated bake at 200F and stir every 15 min for about 45 min or until dry and crunchy. Ive kept this around as long as 10 days (made a mega batch) in ziploc before it started to get a little stale but honestly it usually gets eaten before then.

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ok i coulnt resist i made some tonight :p . made according to the recipe then sprinkled with salt and crisped in the oven at 200 for 15 min stir then again for 15. verdict is VERY TASTY!!! probably could have used 5 more min in the oven but still crispy and delicious. i made extra so lets hope it keeps well :)

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does this store well or do you have to eat it right away? it sounds yummy but im disabled and stove top cooking is challenging for me. if i use the oven to crisp it will that help?

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it was good quick and easy, and all the ingredients were on hand. Also tossed in some peanuts and almonds.

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Oooo I can't wait to try this! I've been looking for a semi-healthy caramel corn recipe, all the ones I've found involve corn syrup and all kinds of grossness lol I'm definitely gonna do this one!

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Wonderful! I popped my own popcorn kernels using Laur B.'s suggestion of 1/3 cup and Ponycakes/Laur's suggestion to bake the caramelized kernels at a 200 degree oven. 20 minutes worked like a charm! I also salted the freshly popped corn a little bit, and the result is super easy and perfect.
Thanks for the recipe and helpful comments all!

Warning: It's incredibly hard to stop eating

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I haven't put the popcorn in the fridge yet, but it's already very delicious! I went the peanut butter route (just used a heaping tablespoon full). I popped my corn on the stove with plain kernels (used 1/3 cup of kernels). After I poured the sauce onto the popped corn, I added a little sea salt. I'm gonna let it sit in the fridge overnight and then enjoy some caramel corn tomorrow night! Woot!

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just realized that ponycakes! already posted about baking at 200 to get it dry & crunchy...

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Thanx for the recipe.   I think I may need some guidance - I made this recipe, put it into the fridge so it would harden and get a bit crunchy and it never did...
It was good, don't get me wrong, but the popcorn got really soggy and after an hour or two in the fridge, it was just cold and soggy.  Any suggestions? 
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i had this problem too, but remedied it today by baking the popcorn after i poured the caramel over it. i stole the technique from a different caramel corn recipe on this site (http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12961.0). i recommend baking at 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes. stir after 15 minutes and then check it and stir every 10 minutes after that until it's done how you like. mine was perfectly dried and crunchy after about 25 minutes.

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GREAT STUFF!!! it's 100 times easier then making carmel corn the only way i really knew how to.. (over the oven turning the stuff for about 2 hours!) Everyone loved it.. Great late night treat.. thanks..

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