Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn – 2 Ways

 

When I was kid we used to get those giant popcorn tins every Christmas! Those are still around today, but now we also have a whole host of gourmet popcorns to choose from for holiday parties and gift giving.
Today I’m going to show you  how easy it is to make your own gourmet popcorn at home using 2 different methods!  Not only will it make a fabulous homemade gift, but it’s also a lot cheaper than a lot of the gourmet gifts on the market!

Recipe for Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn – Method 1

Ingredients:
3 quarts lightly salted popped popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sweet unsalted butter (USE REAL BUTTER)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup peanuts (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 lb dipping chocolate or 1 bag of chocolate chips

(If using two kinds of chocolate like I did here, use half a pound of each, or 2 – 1/2 bags of chocolate chips.  Be sure to have extra chocolate on hand in case you need more.)

Directions: Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Place the popped corn in two 9×13 baking pans. (Must be deep enough to stir popcorn)
To make caramel, melt butter in a very large saucepan.  Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir CONSTANTLY to prevent sticking and scorching. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.  Add peanuts (if desired).  Add soda (will foam up, so be sure to keep stirring).
Pour caramel over popcorn and mix well.
Bake popcorn one hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes.Remove from oven and cool completely.
You’ll have to stir it every once in a while so it doesn’t stick together.Next line some cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pour popcorn out onto the cookie sheets.
Meltchocolate per package directions.  I always use the microwave, stirring every 15-20 seconds to prevent scorching.  (Again, you may want to melt more chocolate than the recipe calls for to make sure you have enough.)
Once the chocolate is melted, drizzle over the popcorn.  Store at room temperature or refrigerate.
Recipe for Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn – Method 2

Ingredients:
3-4 boxes of Crunch N’ Munch
1 lb dipping chocolate or 1 bag of chocolate chips

(Again, if using two kinds of chocolate like I did here, use half a pound of each, or 2 – 1/2 bags of chocolate chips.  Be sure to have extra chocolate on hand in case you need more.)

Directions: Pour the Crunch N’ Munch out on to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. 

Melt chocolate according to package instructions.  (I use the microwave, stirring every 15-20 seconds to prevent scorching.)
Drizzle chocolate on to popcorn.


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Comments

  1. Whitney Reed Cypert@Keeping Up with the Cyperts says:

    This looks so yummy! And it's pretty…what a great bonus! : )

  2. yummm

  3. Theophanie says:

    Cool, thanks!

  4. I'm sure this must be addictive!

  5. We love homemade caramel corn – but I've never tried it with chocolate. Hot diggity! We may have a new obsession!

  6. This looks delish! Thanks for linking up to Sew Chatty! I'm featuring you on the FB page today! http://www.facebook.com/SewChatty

  7. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    Yum! Looks tasty :)

  8. I LOVE caramel popcorn. The fact that there is chocolate on this makes it so much better. This would be perfect for our upcoming Christmas party. Thank you.

    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.
    P.S.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

  9. Can't wait to make this!

    http://twochickscooking.blogspot.com/

  10. yum!!!! I have to make that!!

  11. shopannies says:

    love how pretty they look I can imagine very tasty as well have poured chocolate over regular popcorn before so the caramel would be even tastier i believe come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  12. Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse says:

    That first recipe actually looks like something we could make for our family (we have allergies). I have been looking for treats to make this Christmas. Thank you.

    Thanks for visiting my blog (Sunflower Schoolhouse)

    Blessings
    Honey

  13. I used to love getting those popcorn tins! The caramel corn would always be the first to go : ) Thanks for the these yummy ideas!

  14. carolinaheartstrings says:

    That looks so incredible. Just delicious. Come visit us. We would love to have you. We have a great appetizer for the holiday season today.

  15. Hi Jerri,
    Your Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn is a wonderful treat and a great gift item. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. This looks so great! I have always wanted to try and make my own caramel popcorn, even better with chocolate. Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

  17. I love popcorn and throw yummy toppings on it and I am in Heaven. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now. http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-6.html

  18. craftytexasgirls says:

    Wish I had some of this right now! Visiting from TT&J.
    :)crafty texas girls

  19. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more says:

    That looks so good, I would love that.

  20. Couscous & Consciousness says:

    My partner adores caramel popcorn – never would have thought of adding chocolate though. He's going to love it!! Will make some great Xmas gifts too. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Sue :-)

  21. Jenn "Rook No. 17" says:

    Mmmm….I bet I'd devour a whole batch by myself ;-)

  22. Oh Yummy!! we have been buying ours from Popcorn Indiana… they have some very Yummy Flavors… But how fun would it be to make your Very Own… I would love for you to link up with me over at http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/12/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-party1/

  23. The Arizona Russums says:

    This looks delish! I am for sure making this next week. Thank you!!! :)

  24. Feral Turtle says:

    I love your recipe #2! So fast. I think I might do this for some last minute baking. Visiting you from the Trendy TreeHouse Linky Party. Cheers!

  25. My neighbor just shared some chocolate covered caramel popcorn with me and I was thinking what a great idea, and was going to try to make some myself! Thanks for sharing :) http://www.happyhouseof5.com

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