Flavored Popcorn Crunch
Use the flavoring extract you want to make this sweet and crunchy candied popcorn.
Recipe Ingredients:15 cups popped corn, unpopped kernels removed
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon any flavoring extract* (your choice)
Food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200°F (95°C). Place popped corn in a large, ungreased roasting pan or divide popped corn between two 13x9x2-inch baking pans (less desirable but it works, see note).
- Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in 2-quart or larger saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat, stir in flavoring, food coloring (if using) and the baking soda and mix well. Mixture will become foamy.
- Immediately pour hot mixture over popped corn and quickly toss to coat. (Or divide evenly between the two pans.) Don't expect all corn to be coated, that will happen in the course of baking.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven, immediately turn out of pan(s) onto a foil-lined counter top and break up slightly. Cool. Store in tightly sealed container.
Makes about 1 gallon. Recipe can be doubled.
*Lorann brand concentrated oil flavorings work best.
Tip: If you don't have a large roasting pan, extra-large (turkey-size) disposable aluminum roasting pans, available at supermarkets and discount stores, work very well and can be used more than once.