Summer reminds me of swimming for endless hours at my Gramma and Grandpa’s pool, climbing their cherry tree and eating cherries until I thought I would explode, jumping on the trampoline and sleeping out under the stars. But, summer wouldn’t have been summer without Gramma’s famous caramel popcorn.
When I got married that was one of the things I asked Gramma for, her caramel corn recipe. Well, Gramma gave me her recipe and this is about how I remember it, “Pop your corn and then in a saucepan add some Karo Syrup and a little of this, some of that, a sprinkle of this and a dash of that, mix it together and shape into popcorn balls.
That’s the way Gramma cooked, “a little of this and a little of that.” That’s mostly how I do it too! But, I’m sad to say I never really made her delicious popcorn. One of the reasons was because the first ingredient I could remember was Karo Syrup. HFCS is not something that I keep in my kitchen and not something I want to use to make a deliciously sweet treat.
Each year as summer rolls around and we go swimming, camping, and picnicking in the park I wish I had a batch of caramel corn to take with us. Well, this weekend that is just what I did. By the way, caramel popcorn and American Fork canyon go great together!
Making Caramel Popcorn without High Fructose Corn Syrup (AKA: Karo Syrup) probably would have baffled my Gramma’s mind…but it had to be done.
Careful it’s delicious! Be sure to make it when your family is around otherwise they won’t even know it ever existed, trust me I almost ate the whole batch!
Air pop 2 batches of popcorn- my popper uses 1/2 cup dry kernels per batch
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sucanat
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
In a sauce pan over medium heat add butter and sucanat, melt together, stirring constantly.
Stir in honey and vanilla and allow to come to a boil, boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, add baking soda and stir for 2 minutes.
Add salt and stir until well combined.
Drizzle over popper corn and gently toss with a rubber spatula until nicely coated.