Amish Caramel Corn is one of the classic game-time snacks. Many people may say it is like caramel popcorns, but there is so much more in Amish Caramel Corn. It has that delicious savoury bite from the peanuts, and for extra crispy salty notes, we have added pretzels in it too. Of course, we always have a little extra twist with the pretzels.
Another thing that people often find hard is making caramel. Yup, it can get very hard to have the best caramel, but we have little tips on making the perfect caramel that will make you an expert in making the caramel.
So why wait? Let us make the Amish Caramel Corn for this evening and enjoy it with family and friends!
- 3 cup Plain popcorns popped or ¼ cup Popcorn Kernels, unpopped
- 1/3 cup Roasted Peanuts plain
- 1/3 cup Chopped Pretzels option
- 1/3 Light Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Light Corn syrup
- ½ cup Butter unsalted
- A pinch of Kosher Salt
- A pinch of Baking Soda
- 2 to 3 drops of Vanilla
- Cooking spray
- If you have unpopped Popcorn kernels, then start by making the popcorns. You can use the stove method or a popcorn machine if you have one.
- Cool the popcorn at room temperature.
- Now take a baking tray and spray it with the cooking spray.
- Pour in the popcorns, peanuts, and pretzels. The tray aside.
- Pre-heat the oven at 250-degree F.
- Take a saucepan and pour in brown sugar, light corn syrup and butter.
- Bring the saucepan to the stove and heat it gently on low heat so that everything is melted and combined. Make sure to stir it constantly.
- Once the mixture comes to a gentle simmer, add in the kosher salt and baking soda. The baking soda will rapidly boil but stir to avoid over boiling.
- Once everything is mixed, the mixture will be light caramel. Remove it from the heat.
- Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorns and mix with the help of a greased spatula.
- Now bake the popcorns in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure to mix them in every 5 minutes.
- Once baked, remove the baking tray from the oven and let it cool at room temperature for 5 minutes.
- Take the popcorns out from the tray and crumble with a little.
- Wait to cool it completely.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips for making Perfect Caramel
Here are a few tips on making the caramel that has the right consistency and color:
- Always start with by lowest heat possible. Sugar, corn syrup and butter all have a different melting points. Therefore we recommend melting them all together at low heat.
- Stir the mixture continuously before adding baking soda. It is important because you don’t want to bring and let it stick to the pan even on low heat.
- Once the baking soda is added, you just need a minute or two of cooking with continuous stirring.