This is our favorite popcorn! We will be giving it as neighbor gifts this year, wrapped up in a cute Christmas bag. It’ll be fun for my kids and I to make and package it together!
Cinnamon Bun Popcorn
1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped or left in half (I usually leave these out, just ’cause we’re not nut people)
1 cup brown sugar
1 teas. cinnamon
1/4 cup Karo syrup
1 stick of butter
1 teas. vanilla
1/2 teas. baking soda
4 oz or so white chocolate (I also do 4 oz milk chocolate)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
Pop your popcorn. Remove all un-popped kernels and place popcorn in large bowl. Add nuts.
In a bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Chop cold butter into cubes and place on top. Pour corn syrup over the top of that. Microwave in a safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 2 more minutes. Stir. Microwave a final 2 minutes. (I just did it on the stove top. Everything just needs to be mixed together well.)
Remove and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and nuts. Stir very well to combine.
If you like it crunchy:
Pour out onto foil-lined jelly roll plan and place in oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove and spread on large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let dry and break into chunks. Package or keep in a container.
If you like it soft:
Pour mixed popcorn onto a large rectangle of parchment, foiled sprayed with Pam, or waxed paper. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let dry and package or put into a container or plastic bag.
What are you doing for neighbor gifts this year?