I got this recipe from several sources–the same ingredients were included, but with different directions. I chose the directions that were the quickest and easiest to follow. And with great results. So, I attribute this recipe to Laura, Liz, and Grandma V. I made this on Sunday for a BBQ we went to and boy, was it a hit!
Crowd Pleasin’ Caramel Popcorn
2/3 cup unpopped popcorn
4 Tbsp. canola oil (optional if using an airpopper, or 3-4 bags of microwave popcorn)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup corn syrup
pinch of salt (unless you are using microwave popcorn)
Prepare popcorn according to manufacturer directions. (I use an old-fashioned stovetop popper and it takes two batches 1/3 cup popcorn plus 2 Tbsp. oil.) Set aside in a very large bowl.
In a large saucepan (I use a 3 qt. pan) melt butter and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a rapid boil over medium high to high heat stirring constantly so bottom does not burn. When caramel begins to boil. Turn off heat. Place lid on pan and let sit for 3 minutes without removing lid. After 3 minutes, remove lid and stir caramel well. Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat all pieces. Serve warm, if you want to. Or you can form it into balls. We eat it out of the bowl with a spoon. The bottom is the best part! Enjoy.