Coy Bettie’s Carmel Corn …..my version is the chewy kind….Thanks for waiting my dear customers…
7 quarts plain popped popcorn 2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 TBS of Cinnamon
Dash of Nutmeg wax paper and/or disposable pans are your friends in this recipe (easier cleaning 🙂
1) Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans and air popper works great. (Disposable roasting pans save you a huge mess…hint) Set aside.
2) Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
3) Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don’t worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.
4) Bake for 30 to an 1 hour depending on how soft you want the finish ( chewy 30 mins ,like mine, or hard like the store-bought 1 hour) , removing the pans, and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. Line the counter top with waxed paper. Dump the corn out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags.
Making a ton for Christmas or an event?…… save time and add layers to a 5 gallon bucket…..one pan of separated popcorn in the bucket….cook next sheet….add next layer to the bucket (by the time the next sheet is done the previous layer is dried and hardened….cook the next sheet. Saves the counter and reuse the pans until you are done . Better carrying too to event. 🙂
For a 100 to 150 people: Depending on serving size
100 cups plain popped popcorn (5 cups of UN-POPPED)
7-1/4 cups brown sugar
1 3/4 cups and 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon
3-1/2 cups margarine (Vegan)
1-3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 TBS Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
Directions same as above…..