Tags: Bake Sale Foods, Great American Bake Sale, Holiday Food, Holiday Food Gift Ideas, How To Make Caramel Corn
Posted on 05 April 2013 by noelskitchen
Happy Friday everyone! Ok…so I missed last Friday and didn’t post a Friday Favorite. Oops. We were so busy getting the nooks and crannies taking care of for our online consignment and thrift store that time just got away from me. It’s just as much work to have an online store/local consignment store as it is actually have a physical store front. So needless to say, it’s been a very busy week. I’m looking forward to ending the week with our family night.
Now for today’s Friday Family Favorites recipe, I MUST WARN YOU, if you think you’ll be satisfied after just one taste, think again. think again. You cannot just have one taste of it. Be prepared to eat the whole batch. It’s truly sinful I know. But it’s so good. I’ve been making this Oven Baked Caramel Corn recipe for a while now and it was a bit hit at the Great American Bake Sales I did a few years ago. It’s great for Halloween or around Christmas time for parties or as gifts. It’s also great with some chocolate drizzled over it.
Oven Baked Caramel Corn
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Pop popcorn and spread on two shallow sheet pans or 9- x13 casserole dishes work for me. Place in oven to keep warm and crisp.
- Melt butter in a 2-quart heavy saucepan on medium heat. Once butter starts to melt, add the brown sugar and salt, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add the corn syrup. Continue to boil to the firm ball stage (248°), about 5 minutes. (I like to add the ingredients in stages.)
- Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Syrup will start to foam. That’s okay, it’s suppose to.
- Carefully take popped corn from oven and pour hot caramel mixture over it, in a fine stream. Stir to mix well. Return to oven for 45 minutes, stirring and scraping up caramel from pan bottom every 15 minutes.
- Cool and serve or store in an airtight container for up to a week.
I think this is pretty much the standard recipe for Oven Baked Caramel Corn. It’s pretty easy. I like to use unsalted butter because with too much salt it can taste too salty. Another trick I like to do is when I’m popping the popcorn, I pop it in a strainer bowl so I can shake the seeds to the bottom when transferring the popcorn to the sheet pan or casserole dish. No one likes to bite into a seed. It can break your teeth.
Posted on 21 December 2011 by noelskitchen
There are many of us out there, me included who look for last minute gifts ideas or think we just need a few extra gifts for our loved ones. That’s why I love finding new ways to make gifts from the kitchen. If you don’t already subscribe to Disney Family Fun magazine, it might be a good idea to just pick up a copy when you’re looking for inspiration on family fun ideas. I was just browsing through it and came across these seasonal treats that are such a cinch to make. And they look just as simple and sweet!
- 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 15 (4-inch) soft or hard peppermint sticks
- White nonpareils
- In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and oil for 1 minute, then continue in 10-second burts, stirring between heatings. When most, but not all, of the chips have melted, stir the chocolate until it is smooth.
- Spread the nonpareils on a sheet of wax paper. Dip one end of each peppermint stick into the chocolate, then roll it in the nonpareils. Set the sticks on another sheet of waxed paper until the chocolate has set, about one hour.
Place sets of five candies in clear cellephone bags, staple them closed, then affix decorative paper labels.
Recipe courtesy of Disney Family Fun Magazine.
Posted on 10 December 2011 by noelskitchen
We’re a house divided when it comes to chocolate. Some of us like regular chocolate and some of us like white chocolate. So when it comes to baking during the holidays, I bake a variety of holiday treats. I try and make batches big enough to fill as stocking stuffers with a little extra for those who like to sneak in and nibble. I’m not mentioning names but you know who you are.
I like to make simple holiday candy recipes for holiday gifts that are quick and don’t require a lot of ingredients. This is great when you’re making 12 different recipes in one day. That’s why I love this Peppermint Bark recipe from Paula Deen. I’ve never tried it with peppermint flavoring until now, but’s it sure is good.
And it’s easy! Only three ingredients: white chocolate, candy canes and peppermint flavoring (which of course is optional). I love that! And after sales and coupons, it’s not expensive to make.
Do YOU make a special candy during the holiday? What’s YOUR favorite-white chocolate or regular chocolate?