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Monday, December 10, 2018

Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Every year my angel of a Mother-in-law makes caramel popcorn balls for the family Christmas Eve Party. They are the soft, gooey, melt in your mouth caramel balls that we devour quickly while they're available and then crave for the rest of the year. I am feeling sad we won't be eating caramel balls with everyone else this year. But that won't stop me from eating them alone. Ha!

This recipe is close to hers, but I added a little twist. While living in Heber, Utah, we would frequently visit the Mrs. Calls candy factory that was nestled there in our beautiful town. We'd sample all the decadent caramels and chocolates before settling on a few to purchase and take home. My favorite is their Cinnamon Sugar caramel. Guys. It is the stuff dreams are made of. There are a few things you can't buy in The South that we totally took for granted living in Utah... and Mrs. Calls Cinnamon Sugar Caramels is one of them. 

So, Today when I whipped up this little batch of chewy caramel balls, I decided to put my love of traditional Christmas Eve caramel balls and Mrs. Calls Cinnamon Sugar Caramels together. It's a winner, friends. The smooth sweetness of caramel swirled with the warmth of cinnamon added to the crunch of freshly popped popcorn--You need this perfection in your life!

To make this treat you will need

3 bags plain popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Pop popcorn, removing any unpopped kernels. Set aside. Melt together butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup. Stir constantly & Bring to a boil. Next, add the sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Continue stirring. Gently bring to a gradual boil and continue cooking until caramel reaches "soft ball" stage (235 degrees). Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until well coated. Spread popcorn on a sheet of parchment paper to cool. Form into popcorn balls and wrap in plastic wrap or in baggies. 

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