Cinnamon Caramel Corn

It's just like the yummy stuff you'd gladly wait in line for, but better.

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  • Yield: Makes 12 cups

Photography: Nick & Chloe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2012

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped popcorn (from 1/2 cup kernels)
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Melt butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, food coloring, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Raise heat; bring to a boil (do not stir). Cook until syrup reaches 245 degrees to 250 degrees (firm-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, 2 to 4 minutes. Add caramel to popcorn; stir to coat.

  2. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until crisp, about 45 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with remaining salt. Let cool, then break into clusters.

Cook's Notes

Caramel corn can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.

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