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Make Your Own Moose Munch! Milk Chocolate Caramel Corn Recipe

Updated on September 12, 2013

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This recipe takes a little time to throw together, but the results are worth it. Make sure you use fresh popped corn and Dark Karo Syrup for best results.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil, I used LouAna
  • 1/3 C Popping Corn Kernels, I used Jolly Time White Kernels
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 C Dark Karo Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 lb Milk Chocolate
  • 1/4 C Peanuts
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twists
Oil and popcorn in covered pot
Oil and popcorn in covered pot
The caramel candy coating after 5 minutes of cooking without stirring
The caramel candy coating after 5 minutes of cooking without stirring
Mix the popcorn and peanuts in the candy mixture then place in greased baking dish
Mix the popcorn and peanuts in the candy mixture then place in greased baking dish
  1. Add 3 TBSP of vegetable oil and the 1/3 cup of popping kernels to a deep pot with a lid. Cover and cook over medium heat until you hear the corn popping. Give the pot a good shake every 30 seconds while the popping continues to keep it from burning. Once the majority of the kernels are popped, remove the pan from heat. Pour the popcorn into a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish; be careful not to include the unpopped kernels. Place in the oven on 250 to keep warm while you make the candy coating.
  2. Return your empty pot to the same burner, and add the butter, brown sugar, and Karo syrup. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Allow the mixture to continue to boil for 5 minutes WITHOUT STIRRING. It should resemble melted caramel--thick and sticky, bubbles and maybe even some foaming. Remove from heat and add in the salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir well.
  3. Remove popcorn from the oven and pour into the pot with the candy coating. Add peanuts. Stir the mixture together well and spoon back into the greased baking dish. Return the dish to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Stir the mixture every 10 minutes.
  4. After baking, remove the dish from the oven and spread mixture out on waxed paper. Allow to cool completely then break into bite sized chunks. The popcorn should be crunchy, not sticky or mushy.
  5. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or in a double boiler. Carefully dip some of the popcorn bites in the chocolate and allow to cool on waxed paper. You can also dip the pretzels and extra peanuts too. Once cooled, combine the chocolate coated pieces and the candy coated pieces in an air tight canister. Enjoy!

© 2013 mlowell

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      mlowell 4 years ago from Georgia

      Continue to boil without stirring for 5 minutes. Thanks for the question!

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      Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      That first picture looks really tasty!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Sounds good--but I must ask, "....continue to cook without stirring for 5 minutes." ...is that continue at the boil, or turned down to simmer?

      Voted up!