If today had a theme, it would be popcorn. I bought a popcorn popper at Walmart just for the occasion! I love it already! I started with the caramel popcorn.
1 1/4 c. popcorn kernals -This was two and a half batches in the popper. If you don't have a popper, you could use microwave popcorn. You'd probably need three bags or so.
1 c. butter
2 c. brown sugar- I love dark brown sugar instead of light.
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
Preheat your oven to 250.
Spray a big roaster pan with cooking spray. Then pop your popcorn right into it.
Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 2 qt. sauce pan. You definitely don't want to use anything smaller. Cook it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is melted. Bring it to a boil and then boil it for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. It will look something like this:
Remove from heat and add the vanilla and baking soda. Stir it really fast as it will foam up. Pour that over the popcorn and stir it up to coat the popcorn. You don't have to worry about coating it too evenly it at this point.
Bake at 250 for a total of about 45 minutes. Take it out in 15 minute intervals and give it a good stirring. It will continue to even out the coating as you do so. And be sure to set your timer each time! My mom has a terrible habit of never setting the timer and I learned that from her. Luckily, my husband helped me break free of that.
Spread two big pieces of waxed paper on your counter. After your 45 minutes are up, stir it up one last time and then spread it out on the waxed paper to let it cool.