I’ve been thinking about making this caramel apple popcorn for the better part of Fall. Now to have finally made it, I’m happy that it came out tasting exactly the way I’d hoped it would. Better, actually. Fair warning: this stuff is ridiculously addictive. I used this unbelievable caramel popcorn recipe as the base and then added some extra flavor with apple chips, vanilla and pecans. Each bite is crunchy, sweet, salty, with a touch of tartness from the Granny Smith apple chips mixed in. It’s an instant favorite.
I found a new apple chip at Costco (Bare Fruit brand) I love that is also a healthier version of the one I used in this recipe. It’s baked and crisp and ridiculously good.
1 cup butter (2 sticks of butter)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
16-17 cups pre-popped popcorn (about 7 ounces)
About 2 cups of crispy apple chips (two bags of 2.5 ounce size bags of Granny Smith apple chips)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour popped popcorn into two large mixing bowls. Mix in apple chips and nuts. Set aside.
In a large sauce pot, heat up butter, sugar and corn syrup over a medium heat. Once it begins to boil add salt and let boil for 4 minutes. Then add baking soda and vanilla extract while stirring. Remove from heat and carefully pour hot caramel sauce over popcorn. Stir well. Once the popcorn is coated pour it into a shallow baking pan (I used a cookie/sheet cake pan). Spread evenly and bake for 1 hour, stirring popcorn every 15 minutes.
Once done, pour popcorn onto wax paper and let cool. Break up popcorn into chunks and store in two 1-gallon zip lock bags.