This was seriously delicious!  I normally make (gooey) caramel popcorn, but I had an idea to take it to the next level.  It sure did!!  It was amazing!  

I have a large popcorn machine so I used 1 1/2, 6 oz bags.  (It is too much caramel for one batch and not enough for two.)  If you don’t have a popcorn machine that is fine.  Use 4 bags of popcorn that are not buttered.  (You could bump it up to 5 if it is still too caramel-y for your taste.)

Caramel Apple Popcorn

What you need:

  • popcorn
  • 2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 (5 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 apples
  • sea salt (optional)
  • Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and sweetened condensed milk together over medium-high heat in a saucepan
  • Stir nearly constantly  (It won’t burn if you leave it for just a second, but try to do it constantly.)
  • If you have a candy thermometer heat to 270-290 and remove from heat.  If not (I dont!) heat until it looks thoroughly combined and have a small glass of cold water nearby.  Take small spoon-fulls and drip it into the cold water.  If it forms in hard but pliable threads, it is done.
  • Take off stove.
  • Cut apples into small pieces.  Put them in a bowl with cold water and a few pinches of regular salt.  Let them sit for about 5 minutes.  (This preserves the color of the apples without the lemon juice taste!)
  • Cook popcorn.
  • Drain apples and pour them onto a hand towel.  Rub them around to dry them.
  • Pour popcorn into a LARGE bowl.  Cover in caramel and stir.  Add apples and stir.  If you love it, leave it.  But if you would like you can add a few pinches of sea salt (to taste) at the end and stir to combine.

I took this with me to a women social and everyone LOVED it!!  

Happy Fall!

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