February 16th, 2012

Caramel Corn with Cashews

Caramel Corn with Cashews

Do you remember the old days when we looked at our family photos by way of slide shows?  I’m not talking about the slide shows of today where we can sync music and use all kinds of fun and impressive graphics. I’m talking about the slide shows of times gone by—where each individual slide was dropped down into a slot on a carousel, and we viewed them using a slide projector.  Okay, I’m probably dating myself here.  Some of you weren’t even born yet.  Alright, let’s go back.  I’m talking way back. . . to the 1960s!  Yep, the hippie days. Back then, all of my family’s photos were slides that looked like this.

And in order to look at our photos, we would make plans in advance—-an evening when the family would all gather together, put up a big screen, turn on the projector and turn out the lights. A bowl of popcorn would be passed around, and the show began. Everyone smiled in unison as we all looked at the same photo at the same time. And of course there was always at least one slide that ended up in the carousel upside down, and everybody would laugh. Times sure have changed.

As long as we’re reminiscing about the old days, I decided to include a couple of photos that I converted from those old slides.  As you can see, my mother didn’t waste any time making aprons for me and my little sister. This must be when the whole cooking thing got started.

Bedtime caps were quite fashionable in those days. (I hope!)

Okay, I just had to do this so that you could experience the total effect.

Alright, fast forward to 2012.  Are you ready to make some caramel corn?  I love this stuff.  You’re going to need a microwavable bag of popcorn, half of a can of cashews, butter, brown sugar, dark Karo syrup, salt, vanilla, and baking soda.

Pop the corn and remove any unpopped kernels. I do this by pouring the popcorn into one bowl, and then using my hands to carefully transfer the popped corn to another bowl. This leaves the unpopped corn sitting at the bottom of the first bowl.

Add half of the can of cashews to the bowl with the popped corn and set aside.

Melt the butter.  Stir in the brown sugar, syrup and salt.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Turn the heat down to somewhere between low and medium. The temperature is what determines how soft or hard the caramel will be. If you like it to be softer (I ♥ gooey caramel!), then set the temperature closer to low. If you like the caramel to be harder, set the temperature closer to medium. Boil without stirring for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, and add vanilla and baking soda. Pour over the popcorn and nuts.  Quickly mix together. Spread onto waxed paper and separate into small clusters before the caramel starts to harden.

Caramel Corn?  Yes, please!!!!!

Caramel Corn with Cashews
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4 Responses to “Caramel Corn with Cashews”

  1. That looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try it. I just showed my kids and they are very excited about your caramel corn recipe, too! I’m sure it’ll be a hit with my family just like all the other recipes from your site I have tried. Thank you!

  2. Gloria, I’m so glad you are enjoying my recipes. The caramel corn is really good, and I’m sure you and your kids will love it.

  3. This recipe looks great, also. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks- Laura

  4. You’re welcome, Loyce! I’ve been making this caramel corn since my college days when my friend Carrie shared the recipe with me. I added the cashews myself because I thought they would go well with the popcorn and caramel, but you could also try using pecans or peanuts.


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