Caramel Corn

I only ate a banana for breakfast knowing I was going out to lunch yesterday.  We had decided to go to Bite 9 – they had tons of different wraps and pitas, and Hannah had a jones for gyros.  And I had a jones for hummus, which their menu said was made fresh daily.

But guess what?  It’s closed on Sundays! 😦  So on to Plan B.  I had also read about this restaurant called Diced Fresh – salad bar, baked potato bar, fresh soups.

But we walked in and the place was completely empty except for one table.  We stood looking at the menu trying to figure out what to get, no one acknowledged us, it felt awkward, so we left!  On to Plan C.

We then went to Bentley’s Bagel and Brew.  A complete 180 from what I thought I was going to have for lunch, but it was delicious.

Where else can you eat where they spell out “I love you!” in bagels?

The service was nice and friendly.  I ended up getting a turkey breast sandwich on a cheddar jalapeno bagel – and considering this was my breakfast and lunch, worth the 13 points. 😀

And as we were leaving he gave us a bag of three free bagels – nice! 😀

I told Tony that I had seen Affy Tapple caramel corn at the store on the Halloween aisle at Walgreen’s, to which he replied “so where is it?”  Um, I didn’t buy it because a tiny bag was $3!  So I decided to make some for him for his football Sunday snack.

OMG, so easy, and after he ate the first bowl I was in the kitchen and he said “Biz, I think this is the best caramel corn I’ve ever had!”  Winning!  I couldn’t agree more – it was light, not overly sweet and the popcorn was still really crunchy.

Caramel Corn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup peanuts

Heat oven to 250.  Melt butter in a sauce pan and whisk in the brown sugar, corn syrup, alt and water.  Continue whisking until the temperature reads 250 on a candy thermometer (about 3-4 minutes) – if yoiu don’t have a candy thermometer, wait until mixture starts bubbling up.

Remove from heat – whisk in vanilla and baking soda.  Put popcorn and nuts in a large bowl and pour sugar mixture over popcorn, making sure to the popcorn is well coated.

Put on a baking sheet, bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Don’t worry – when it comes out of the oven its still really sticky, but in just 15 minutes it crisped up nicely.

But Tony had another idea, which I think I’ll do when I make this for Christmas gifts this year – add bacon bits to the mixture!  Everything is better with bacon, right?

Stats for Sunday

  • 35 points (includes 6 points in tasting while I was cooking!)
  • no exercise (although operation closet/laundry is 75% complete)
  • I was a lazy diabetic this weekend – never tested my blood sugar once!

Today is going to be a busy day at work, I have a new attorney starting and my other boss is only in today and is traveling the rest of the week.  I’ll catch up with you guys tonight! 😀 Hope you had a great weekend!



27 thoughts on “Caramel Corn

  1. Oh my! Adventures in trying to go to lunch 🙂 a good bagel is so fantastic. That popcorn is a perfect football sunday treat

  2. Wow, I think I would have gotten frustrated with lunch and just went home! Hahah.

  3. I absolutely love homemade caramel corn!!

  4. That caramel corn does sound like the best ever! I always have corn syrup in my pantry and I rarely use it. Guess I know how 😉

  5. I love the idea of making it for Christmas with bacon! It would be a tasty, unexpected surprise! I accidently got Ryan hooked on these bacon chocolate bars while he was in Afghanistan. He was obsessed!

  6. I’m bookmarking the caramel corn recipe – my mom would love this!

  7. I love reading your posts and checking out your recipes. I kind of live vicariously through reading about all your lovely carbs. I wish I could have those things but they are trigger foods. I’ll eat a little and then go back for more and more and more. The popcorn looks and sounds very yummy. Sigh.

  8. Aww, bagel love! So cute. We’ve done that before, walked into a restaurant only to be ignored, and walked out. Never surprised to see those places go out of business, either.

    That caramel corn. Between you and your sister (twin wavelength superpowers!), I want me some caramel corn!!!

  9. That bagel looks fantastic and that popcorn????? Yum!!

  10. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. Wow…what a lunchtime adventure. LOVE the idea of bacon in the caramel corn. That man of yours is a GENIUS!!! 🙂 Have a great Monday!

  11. Love the “I Love You” bagels, so cute! Glad you got a good lunch in the end. 🙂

  12. Yummy to the caramel corn- sounds pretty easy too and I love the bacon idea. Leave it to Tony to come up with that one- he is a true foodie!! Glad you had fun with Hannad and had a great lunch too.

  13. I really should try that caramel corn for Mr. Helen – he loves that stuff. Maybe if he keeps losing the football picks I’ll make him some as a consolation prize lol!

  14. I am glad that I’m not the only person who will walk out of a restaurant if I get a bad vibe!

    Can I be on your gift giving list for Christmas? That caramel corn looks so good – I use to make something like that. I will have to hunt for my recipe and see if its the same one. I made a lot of it one year for gifts but I couldn’t keep out of it myself – it was so addicting. I do think bacon makes everything better- oh yes it does!

  15. It must be nice to have so much business that the second place didn’t need yours. (That was sarcasm…LOL)

    We have a lot of October birthdays in our family too—two of my brothers and Birdie!

  16. I don’t really like caramel corn, but with some bacon I would try it, I’m also thinking this would be a great thing to send Ray around Christmas time!

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  18. Caramel corn is my most favorite treat ever in the world! I make a white chocolate version every year at Christmas and bag it up asap before I OD on it. But inevitably I always do. At this point it’s a Christmas tradition.

  19. Jalapeno Cheddar bagel sandwich?!?! Yes, please! That sandwich looks awesome!

    I need to try to make caramel corn on my own…I’ve never done that! Yours looks great!

  20. Luckily you have many good sounding options in your area! What a lunch bummer. Though the bagel looks like it turned out to be a good choice!

  21. What a great idea to give away at Christmas. Yummy!

  22. jalapeno cheddar bagel? i just died

  23. Adding bacon to caramel corn is a great idea!

  24. You had me at bacon. Your Tony is a genius. Pure genius.

    Oh, did you know that if you do a Google image search for “trader joe’s yuck” a picture of Hannah’s smiling face is one of the results?

  25. I love caramel corn and was totally eyeing that picture! I need to make my own. Only problem is, Andy hates popcorn!

  26. Aw, love that “I love u” bagel sign.
    I’ve had bacon in caramel corn before! It just tastes SO amazing. I’m certain caramel was invented as a side or dipping sauce for bacon.

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