Friday Fare: Caramel Popcorn

Plan a movie night this week-end and pop up some sweet delicious popcorn!

Caramel Popcorn

free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy

4 quarts popped popcorn- use "natural" microwave popcorn or simply pop some kernels in a tablespoon of oil in a pan on your stove top.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine (I use Fleischmann's Unsalted sticks which are dairy-free but contain soy. Could use soy-free Earth Balance if soy allergic)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place the popped popcorn into a large brown paper bag. Set aside.

In a 2 quart microwave safe dish, combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Heat for 3 minutes in the microwave, then take out and stir until well blended. Return to the microwave, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave, and stir in the baking soda.

Pour syrup over the popcorn in the bag. Roll down the top once or twice to close the bag, and shake to coat the corn. Place bag into the microwave, and cook for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Remove, shake, flip the bag over, and return it to the microwave. Cook for another 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Dump the popcorn out onto waxed paper, and let cool until coating is set.

Enjoy!

If there are any left-overs, store in an airtight container.
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