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Amish Caramel Corn

Amish caramel corn

So I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I love homemade gifts.  Sure, I can whip up a batch of cookies or bars for Christmas or someone’s birthday, but I’m talking crafts here.  I love hearing about older aunts and grandmas who start knitting in July so they can have everyone’s blankets or sweaters done by Christmas.

I’d love to be able to make someone a quilt…wait, let me rephrase that.  I’d like to be able to make someone a quilt and not want to pull my hair out halfway through the process.  I can crochet a little bit, but I always seem to get my stitch a little too tight or end up going at a wonky angle.  It’s a wonky scarf!!  I’d really like to knit, but using both hands seems to make the whole thing harder for my amateur craft abilities.

Now, I am not without artistic ability.  I loved to draw as a kid.  Art class and English class were always my favorites.  And I really like watercolor.  But the catch is that I can only draw really well when I have a picture in front of me for reference.  With a picture there, my waterfall looks like a waterfall.  But if you just give me a piece of paper and tell me to draw a waterfall it’ll look like a five year old scribbling huge water drops. 😃

Amish caramel corn

While I continue practicing crafts to hand out as gifts, in the meantime I’ll stick to what I know: food as a gift. I cut myself a lot less on scrapbook paper that way. 😄  And since before you know it we’ll be heading into a fall state of mind, I thought I’d turn to something that could possibly be a festive gift: caramel corn!

Now wait, wait, wait. You’re thinking “But didn’t you just have a caramel corn recipe?”  Well…yes I did. But I’m practicing recipes for fall and Christmas and I just didn’t want to wait with this one.  It was too crunchy, caramely, and delicious.

This isn’t just caramel corn, this is Amish caramel corn. What’s the difference?  Well, they’re not afraid of caramel, that’s for sure.  They may be my new best friends because of it.  And it has a rich, almost maple-y taste.  Mmm, gift giving is hard work, especially when you make food gifts.  You have no choice but to taste test everything, you know?  I mean, you have to make sure it’s perfect. 😋

Amish caramel corn

(From an Amish caramel corn recipe on All Recipes)

Amish Caramel Corn
 
Ingredients
  • 7 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Put popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans or disposable roasting pans. Add peanuts and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to combine.
  5. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be foamy.
  7. Pour over popcorn/nut mixture and stir thoroughly to combine.
  8. Baking for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

 

 

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  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen August 30, 2016, 6:15 am

    I do love handmade gifts, and my favorite ones are homemade cookies. 🙂 Amish caramel corn is so new to me, but looking at ingredients and the texture I so want to try this badly. Lovely share, Amanda.

    • Amanda August 30, 2016, 8:57 am

      Thanks so much, Anu!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita August 30, 2016, 9:11 am

    I love giving homemade gifts too, and caramel corn is a perfect one! It would definitely be much appreciated by any recipients 🙂 looks so good!

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:03 pm

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker August 30, 2016, 12:05 pm

    I’d love to be able to make gifts, too! I can crochet, but I’m just too slow – & only know one stitch. It would be 5 years before I ever had the blanket ready 😉 This caramel corn, on the other hand, I think I can handle! This would make the best gift for my neighbors!

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:04 pm

      Thanks, Megan! I think five years sounds about like my crochet speed too! 😀

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 30, 2016, 12:34 pm

    Homemade gifts are were its at! Especially when its Caramel Corn.

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:04 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  • Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss August 30, 2016, 1:56 pm

    I so envy anyone who is good at crafting things as gifts. My one friend is great at quilting and my sister can knit scarves and hats. I can certainly manage this caramel corn though. Where I lack in the art department I totally make up for in the kitchen 🙂 this will make a great gift come holiday time! I can’t wait to taste test it 😉

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:07 pm

      Knitting hats! Now I would love to be able to do that. Thanks, Jessica!

  • Manali@CookWithManali August 30, 2016, 3:50 pm

    homemade gifts are definitely the best! love this caramel corn, yum!

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:07 pm

      Thanks, Manali!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes August 30, 2016, 5:18 pm

    Homemade gifts are definitely the best! I always give out homemade treats during the holidays. They are so much better than gift cards. Love this caramel corn – I may have to borrow it this upcoming holiday season!

    • Amanda August 31, 2016, 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Eva!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks September 1, 2016, 10:23 am

    I am all about getting and giving food as gifts – both ways you know there is a lot of love in the ingredients! Definitely need to try this one – I never met a caramel corn I didn’t like!

    • Amanda September 2, 2016, 10:12 am

      I know just what you mean, Kate. I LOVE caramel corns of all kinds.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary September 1, 2016, 1:02 pm

    Homemade gifts are definitely the best… but I’m not good at anything crafty, so my gifts always come from the kitchen and THIS would make an excellent gift! Never had amish caramel corn, but I’ve never met caramel I didn’t like, so I know I’d love this! Cheers, girl!

    • Amanda September 2, 2016, 10:13 am

      Thanks so much, Cheyanne! Have a great weekend!

  • Mir September 5, 2016, 4:23 am

    Hey, if you can paint what you see, that’s called being talented. Most people cannot do that!
    And if I have caramel corn, I want it this way only. So rich and amazing! I love our local Amish market. Best baked goods ever!

    • Amanda September 7, 2016, 11:57 am

      Oh man, I would love an Amish market like that. I’d spend a few bucks there! Thanks, Mir!

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