Though I am a popcorn fanatic, caramel corn was not in my rotation until last year. Salty, sweet, and crunchy, this snack satisfies me in a dangerous way. I have to remove the bowl from my side after a few handfuls, otherwise I risk falling into the abyss of total consumption. And trust me, though it seems wise at the time, finishing the entire batch of caramel corn in one sitting is not pretty.
High flying acrobatics ensue when we heat the tiny water droplet trapped inside corn bran. Learn the reason behind the sound in this quick lesson on popcorn!
I love the flavor schmaltz brings to the corn, making something already spicy and salty ever more savory. Regardless of the fat you use here, you'll have to remind yourself to walk away from the bowl. Otherwise you'll eat it in one sitting.
Though I normally skew toward the savory side when it comes to popcorn, this flavor has me eating greedy handfuls. What started as a chocolate drizzle, morphed into a cocoa dusting when I started experimenting in the kitchen.
Don't stress over appetizers at your next dinner party. Make an extra-large bowl of fancy popcorn and the crowd will be cooing.