Last week, we gave many different pumpkin ideas in our fall blogging chain that we are doing. This week is all about treats! When I heard the topic, my mind went immediately to the popcorn snacky treats that my mom made for us kids every year when we were kids. She still makes it, but now it is for her grandkids! There is no real title that we know of, so I made up the title, Candy Corn Popcorn Treats.
The idea is fairly simple:
- Pop popcorn and add some candy corn (and walnuts if desired) to it.
- Make the caramel mixture and combine it with the popcorn.
- Press it into a pan–and you are done! (I used my biggest cookie sheet as I wasn’t sure what size to use. It was 18″ by 12″ and was too big. Probably a 15″ x 10″ size [a medium size] would have been great!)
The hardest part is probably waiting for the caramel to get to the right consistency. The recipe says to let it get to hard crack stage, but I normally let it only get to soft crack stage as then the caramel is more gooey. If it is hard, the popcorn is harder to chew.
This is how I determined if it was soft crack stage vs. hard crack stage as I do not have a candy thermometer:
I let it boil for about 15 minutes. I had cold water in a dish, and I dropped a little spoonful of the caramel into the cold water. Then I removed the caramel from the water. If it balls up but it can still be pulled apart by your fingers, then it is soft crack stage. If it becomes hard and brittle, it is hard crack stage. If will quickly go to hard crack stage, which is what happened to me this last time–and then it is not gooey. It is more like popcorn ball consistency. If you have a candy thermometer, hard crack stage is 300-310 degrees and soft crack stage is 270-290 degrees. In the pictures below, it was more like soft crack stage, but I let it cook a couple minutes to be sure, and it was more like hard crack stage when I poured it on the popcorn.
Below I have included some pictures I took while I made it, and the recipe is at the bottom! I hope you are able to try out and enjoy these fall treats!
When it is cool, I cut it into squares and wrap each square with plastic wrap so that they will not go stale.
- 4 quarts of popcorn
- 2 cups chopped walnuts optional--I don't add walnuts as we don't like them.
- 3/4 pound of candy corn 1 1/2 cups
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
popcorn, walnuts, and candy corn in a very large bowl (I used my roasting pan.)
All the other ingredients.
Heat to a boil.
Cook until hard crack stage. (I usually only cook it until the soft crack stage.)
Pour the caramel over the popcorn, candy corn, and nuts.
Stir quickly until the popcorn is all coated. If you take too long, the caramel gets hard.
Spread popcorn mixture onto a large buttered cookie sheet or onto wax paper.
When cool, cut into squares and wrap individual squares in plastic wrap.
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