Popcorn Brittle

What is wrong with me?  I see a recipe for anything caramel corn-like and it’s as though I lose my sense of right and wrong.  I immediately want to make it and eat the whole batch.  I’ve never seen a recipe like this one before.  Usually my caramel corn needs to bake in the oven so the caramel permeates the popcorn.  I think this one could use a little oven time, but I’m on a real lazy-butt kick today, so what you see is what you get.

If there is a next time for this recipe, I would make a few changes.  I would definitely need a way to separate the popped from the unpopped corn.  Those leftover kernels are a dental bill waiting to happen.  I tried using my Chinese strainer, but the holes weren’t quite large enough.  I would also not use mini M&M’s.  They melted when I poured on the caramel and made it look a little on the dirty side.  See how colorful the first picture is before the hot caramel and how uncolorful the last picture is post caramel.   Using holiday M&M’s would be fun though if you’re careful.

This is another church cookbook recipe.  Big kiss, Pat.  I keep telling you what a goldmine they are.  I wish I had all of my mom’s back, but I never imagined back then how much I would enjoy having them as a resource.  I’m going to be much wiser my next life instead of so cute.

2 bags microwave popcorn

1 cup M&M’s

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup peanuts

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Pop popcorn, removing all the unpopped kernels you can.  Put in a large bowl.  Add M&M’s.  Melt sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add peanuts.  Cook another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and add baking soda.  Pour over popcorn.  Mix well and place on a cookie sheet.  When set, break into pieces.

*  From the Recipe Box:

I used mini M&M’s.  Don’t do that.  They melt too easily.

I don’t know about this one.  I worry about the unpopped kernels.

and remember:  When a jack-in-the-box plays “Pop Goes the Weasel”, why does a clown always pop out instead?  Big kiss, Lynn

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