Salted Maple Pecan Caramel Corn

Salted Maple Pecan Caramel Corn
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Weather: 18 degrees, sun is rising, pink streaks of clouds over blue sky
What I’m listening to: kids have a day off of school today – thumping, toy sounds, and the loudness that is three young children

The first time I ever remember burning my finger in the kitchen, I was making popcorn balls with my grandma around Halloween. She told me the candy syrup was very hot, but when she turned her back for a moment, I tried to sneak a lick of the molten mixture. Of course, as soon as I pulled back in shock and pain, the candy firmed up and stuck to my finger. I learned valuable lessons that day – making homemade candy can be dangerous, how to treat a burn, and probably most importantly, listen to grandma. For every blossoming young cook there are these lessons along the way in the form of kitchen disasters and injuries that really become rites of passage for us.

So, we’re going to make a fabulous caramel popcorn today. And the first thing I want to say to you about this recipe is: don’t stick your finger in the hot caramel. I know it’s tempting. Don’t do it. Listen to grandma.

I popped my popcorn using my favorite brown bag method. Then, I lightly toasted some pecans and salted them. Finally, I made a simple caramel out of pure maple syrup and butter. Mmmmmmmmm. I poured the hot maple caramel over the popcorn and pecans, stirred to coat, and allowed it all to cool. Fall glory in popcorn form.

Salted Maple Pecan Caramel Corn

Yield: About 8 cups

IMG 1030 Salted Maple Pecan Caramel Corn

Adapted from Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 1/2c unpopped popcorn, popped and kernels removed
  • 1c pecans, toasted*, salted, and roughly chopped
  • 3T butter
  • 3/4c pure maple syrup
  • 1/2t salt

Instructions

  1. Spray a large metal mixing bowl and a wooden spoon with non-stick spray. Add the popcorn and pecans to the bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small non-stick saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture registers 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  3. Pour the hot caramel over the popcorn and pecans and use the wooden spoon to stir quickly until the everything is nicely coated. Immediately spread the mixture out onto a large baking sheet and allow to cool completely. Break the popcorn into smaller pieces and serve or store in an airtight container or bag.

Notes

* I toast my pecans in a frying pan sprayed with a light coat of non-stick spray over medium heat, stirring frequently until fragrant and beginning to lightly brown, around 3-5 minutes.

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11 comments
Nicole
Nicole

One of my first kitchen memories of cooking on my own also involved caramel corn. At that time there was no such thing as a heat proof spatula, and you guessed it...I put the rubber spatula into the molten candy and melted it. I remember my horror and I quickly buried the spatula in the trash. The amazing part is I didn't say a word and we still ate the popcorn!

Julie
Julie

Looks good and simple and what do you know-- I have all the ingredients on hand. Glad I found your blog through zip list.

Steph
Steph

I stumbled across your page accidentally and I'm so glad I did! Bookmarked at least 10 recipes to try already lol Thank you so much!

Dana
Dana

My mom makes absolutely addictive caramel corn, but I really like the idea of adding the maple flavor to change it up.  Can I ask where you got your maple extract?  All I can ever find is artificial maple flavor...

Jess
Jess

I remember making caramel corn balls with my grandma as well - love these!  Can't wait to try a batch...without any finger burning hopefully. 

Cheesecakes Unlimited
Cheesecakes Unlimited

.  This Carmel corn sounds absolutely fabulous!  There is a candy shop downtown Mpls and St. Paul that specializes in popcorn...their Carmel corn is to die for...addictive.  Can hardly wait to make a batch of Salted Maple Pecan Carmel Corn from Alaska!!!  Thank you for sharing your recipe.

 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

I'm so glad you found my blog, too! Hope you enjoy the popcorn! :) Come back soon. 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Welcome! So glad you found me. Enjoy the recipes and come back soon! :)

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Hi Dana! You can find pure maple extract on Amazon.com. They have a couple of options on there, but they can be pricey, especially when you account for the shipping. You can also omit it from the recipe, but then the maple flavor doesn't come through as much and it just tastes like salty-sweet caramel. :) Hope this helps!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

That's awesome! I love that you have a similar memory! :)

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