Extreme Crunch Cinnamon Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn infused with cinnamon and tossed with 5 different types of nuts. Let the crunching begin!

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Caramel Corn. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear those words? Summer’s on the top of my list. I don’t know why, but every time we visit a fair, especially the MN State Fair, caramel corn or kettle corn spreads its wonderful aroma across the streets for my nose to find. I usually try to avoid buying any because I hate being stuck with a ginormous bag that I can’t stop eating out of for the rest of our time there.

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Plus, I need two free hands to hold the bucket of warm chocolate chip cookies, the best grilled pork chops and whatever else on-a-stick I can find. Can you tell I am getting ready to visit the great MN get-together? Unfortunately, it’s still over a month until we get to go, but it’s never too early to start planning and dreaming about the food we’re going to devour.

So I am getting started by making my own caramel corn, which means I can stay hands free and indulge in caramel corn any time I want!

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This really is the perfect snack to bring to a ball game or even picnic this summer. Or one of my faves, watching a movie in the park. I am guessing the tolerance for crunchy foods is a tad bit higher outside.

Which you will definitely need when it comes to this Caramel Corn.

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I am not exaggerating by including extreme crunch in the name of this recipe.

Freshly popped corn is coated in a homemade caramel-cinnamon mixture that is slowly baked in the oven until it reaches ultimate caramelization and becomes insanely crispy.

Let’s not forget about the nuts though. I bought a mix that had almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans. I actually tossed them together with the popcorn before coating them, so that they would roast and become extra delicious as well. If you have nut allergies or aren’t a big fan, you could totally leave them out.

This is a great recipe for regular caramel corn.

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The smell alone is worth making this for. It’s da best.

Extreme Crunch Cinnamon Caramel Corn
Yields 6
Homemade Caramel Corn is so much better than the store-bought kind. This stuff is so addicting and a real crowd pleaser.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  8. 8 cups popcorn
  9. 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts
  10. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Set aside.
  2. 1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Once melted, add brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to boil for 4 minutes (without stirring). Remove pan from the stove and stir in vanilla and baking soda.
  3. 2. Pour popcorn and mixed nuts into a large bowl and pour brown sugar mixture over; coating the popcorn and nuts completely.
  4. 3. Spread caramel corn in an even layer onto the baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. 4. Remove from the oven and let cool. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top and let cool completely before serving.
Notes
  1. Caramel Corn will keep up to 5 days stored in an airtight container.
Adapted from damndelicious
Adapted from damndelicious
Deliciously Yum! http://deliciouslyyum.com/

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  1. Yum! I want a big bowl of this right now, Kathi! Caramel corn always makes me think of going to a circus…not sure why because I haven’t been to the circus in forever and probably never had caramel corn there! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks like the most perfect snack! Loving all of the flavors in here. Pinned!

  2. Wow this looks delicious! And now I want to go to the Minnesota State Fair with you. I haven’t been there in YEARS. Like back when I was still the 4-H animal shower geek ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This is like Cracker Jacks, but 1 million times better! I love how many nuts you put in there. Almost makes it feel healthier. The nuts cancel out the caramel, right?

  4. Holy smokes! I love this! I can never bring myself to attend a state/county fair for all of the reasons you have listed. I go crazy for anything that you can buy on a stick. It’s a weakness that I just love! … and that bowl … World Market?? I have the same one(s)! Love this caramel corn. I wouldn’t be able to put down a big old bag of it! Pinned!

  5. Oh caramel corn. I make it all the time during the holidays but it’s been a few months now! This looks fantastic – I mean with the chocolate and those nuts. I would plow through a batch of this fast!! haha

  6. Oh my gosh, Kathi, this looks just delicious. I always think of halloween, but you’re right, this would be perfect for a movie-in-the-park. Looks so yummy!!

  7. I could eat an entire bowl of this all by myself. Looks delicious!

  8. Oh my, I am a sucker for caramel corn. This looks fantastic with all those different nuts – a batch of this would be gone in no time at my house.

  9. My couch and I need this in our lives! I’m totally on board with the 5 different nuts in this, too. Sounds awesome!

  10. This is the best caramel corn I have ever laid eyes on!

  11. This looks delicious! Pinned and tweeting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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