This flavorful, sweet-salty candied popcorn is positively addictive and dead simple to throw together.
Keyword: date night, game night
Method: Bake, Stove Top
Skill Level: Intermediate
12cupspopcornpopped (from about 1/2 cup un-popped kernels)
1/2cuplight corn syrup
1/2teaspoonpure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or line with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Season the popcorn with salt and remove any un-popped kernels from the popcorn. Pour the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet and keep it warm in the oven while you prepare the syrup.
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water and stir gently to combine. Bring the syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of a pan and boil the syrup, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
When the syrup has reached 300 degrees, pull the pan from the heat and remove the thermometer. Stir in the vanilla, almond extract, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Stir in your food coloring of choice.
Remove the warm pan of popcorn from the oven and quickly pour the syrup over the popcorn in a thin, steady stream. Wearing heatproof gloves or using two wooden spoons, immediately stir and toss the popcorn to coat. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.
When the popcorn has cooled, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.