Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Homemade caramel corn

Who says localvores can’t have junk food?

After eating all that healthy food, I was craving a sweet, crunchy snack. On an eat-local Internet site I found a recipe for homemade caramel corn. Using popcorn from Kiel bought at the downtown Green Bay farmers market, we cooked up a batch one night. It was great. Here’s the recipe:

— ½ cup popping corn, with oil or butter for popping
— 2 tablespoons butter
— ¼ cup honey
— salt to taste

Cook the honey and butter in a saucepan over medium high heat, stirring frequently. It burns easily. Use a fairly large saucepan as the honey will bubble up. Meanwhile, pop the popcorn and dump it into a big bowl.

Keep stirring the bubbling honey-butter sauce until it caramelizes — about 3-4 minutes. It will harden once it cools. Then quickly pour the caramel over the popped popcorn, scraping out the pan. Toss the popcorn-caramel mixture with two spoons or your hands, until all of the popcorn is evenly covered with caramel.

Adding nuts to the mix would have been even better. But in trying to crack local hickory nuts I only managed to pulverize them into a mess all over the kitchen table.

3 Comments:

Blogger Fire Fly said...

Are you noticing any cleansing effects from your new diet?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Green Bay Press-Gazette said...

From lack of caffeine, yes. No shakes or jitters from having drunk too much coffee. But I'm still having withdrawal from coffee and feel sluggish in the morning until about 9:30.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

That looks like a great recipe. I love homemade caramel corn!

9:43 AM  

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