Gluten-Free Caramel Corn (Without Corn Syrup!)
Every once in a while, a bowl of caramel corn sounds pretty delightful, doesn’t it? I definitely have had my cravings for it, that is for sure! 🙂 Yet, the downside of most caramel corn recipes is that they call for corn syrup (corn starch that is broken down into glucose). Many corn syrups also add high fructose corn syrup, which definitely has it’s health risks. To avoid using this ingredient, I tried making the caramel corn with Lundberg’s Brown Rice Syrup, and was I pleased! The final product has a rich, addicting flavor, and there is NO corn syrup! 🙂 Try this snack for your next movie night. You will probably be filling your popcorn bowl many times. 🙂 Enjoy!
15 cups popped plain popcorn (set aside in a large bowl)
1 1/2 cups packed organic brown sugar (I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
12 tablespoons organic butter, plus more for greasing the roasting pan. (My next mission is to try
replacing the butter for coconut oil!)
6 tablespoons of Lundberg’s Brown Rice Syruyp
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, and generously coat a roasting pan (You may need 2 roasting pans depending on the size of your pan). In a medium saucepan, add the butter, sugar, brown rice syrup, and salt. Heat over medium heat and stir fairly frequently with a spatula for five minutes, bringing to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and let it stay at a low boil for 3 more minutes, continuing to gently stir so that it doesn’t burn. At the end of the 3 minutes, remove the pan from the heat, and add the vanilla and baking soda. Whisk vigorously for 10 seconds. It will turn light in color and increase in volume. 🙂 Immediately pour over the top of your popcorn. Toss the popcorn until it is evenly coated with the caramel mixture, and spread it onto the roasting pan, making a single layer. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, tossing the popcorn every 15 minutes. Start checking for the corn to be done at 30 minutes. To check if the popcorn is done, remove a couple pieces from the roasting pan and let them set on the table for a short bit. Crunchy caramel corn is done. 🙂 Cool the caramel corn on a piece of parchment paper, and then dig into the sweet goodness. 🙂
*Optional: Try tossing the cooled caramel corn with chocolate chips, peanuts, peanut butter chips, or whatever your heart desires. 🙂
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