Caramel Apple Popcorn

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Hey people!

Kristan and I are going “theme week” again.

A theme’s good for the soul, don’t you think?  Get’s your mind thinking about only one thing…getting you energized and creative.

 

Since theme weeks work so well on my site, I’m thinking about implementing it in my daily life, ala “Themed House Cleaning”.

Like this week at home will be “closets week”, next week “bathrooms week” and so on…

Honestly, it’s not such a bad idea…

 

I think I might just have cracked the code to my cleaning dilemma.  I can make up t-shirts and cute decorations.

I don’t think my husband would mind a few cute little “Clean the closets” banners made with jazzy fonts on pretty pastels around my house, do you?

Now, I just need to go to Pinterest, where everyone’s houses are amazingly clean and get a few tips…

 

Do you see what just happened?  I just made cleaning into an event..with banners, T-shirts and probably invitations.

Invitations, YES! My kids love to get mail…maybe I should send the invites through the postal service, inviting them to clean their closet.

That’s sure to drum up some enthusiasm, right?

 

While I get on designing those invitations, let’s talk about the theme this week on my site…Caramel Apple Week!

Kristan and I had so much fun a few months ago with Brownie Batter week that we thought we’d give it another go and serve it up fall-style.

First up on my list of treats I made: Caramel Apple Popcorn…

PhotobucketThis one seemed like a no brainer, really.

So let’s get going.

Start with 1 cup of unpopped kernels.  Or if you want to use microwave popcorn, pop about 3 bags.

PhotobucketI air-popped it into a large bowl…

Make sure you pick out any unpopped kernels.  I’m trying to give you cavities here, not break your teeth.

PhotobucketI grabbed some apple chips at the supermarket…I used 2 (2.5 oz) bags..but feel free to use more if you’re looking to get all appley…

PhotobucketMix the apple chips in with the popped corn.

PhotobucketThen in a medium saucepan over medium heat mix up the caramel…

PhotobucketOnce your butter, brown sugar, salt and light corn syrup are melted together, you need to pull out the big guns…

PhotobucketSeriously.

PhotobucketBoil that for about 5 minutes and then pour it all over your corn and apples.

Mix it up good…

PhotobucketAnd then you can bake it if you like crispy caramel corn, or don’t if you’re a glutton and you like soft, sticky caramel corn.

Trust me, I’d eat it both ways.
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Now hop on over to Confession’s of a Cookbook Queen and see Kristan’s Caramel Apple Coffee Cake  Round One of Caramel Apple week.

Go ON!

 

Caramel Apple Popcorn
 
makes about 14 cups caramel corn
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unpopped corn kernels
  • 2 (2.5 oz) bags of apple chips
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (14 oz ) can of sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. In an air popper, pop your kernels into a large bowl. Pick out any unpopped kernels.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat until melted and begins to boil. Once boiling, pour in your can of sweetened condensed milk and stir continuously for 5 minutes, to prevent burning.
  4. Remove from heat and pour directly over popcorn and apples, stirring until coated evenly.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly.
  6. Remove from oven, break into pieces and allow to cool.
Notes
Store in an airtight container for about a week.
You don't have to bake this caramel corn if you prefer it softer and chewier. But if you don't bake it, it will remain fairly sticky.

 

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Cookbook Queen
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September 2, 2012 8:05 pm

This is seriously one of the most genius creations in all of humankind.

Also, I would totally clean your closets for you if I got a cute t-shirt. Sorry, I have a sickness.

Marie Mayhew
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September 2, 2012 8:07 pm

This looks yummy! And ‘theme week’ sounds wonderful. Just pinned your popcorn so everyone can share!

Tiffany
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September 2, 2012 8:18 pm

This looks so great, especially for Fall being right around the corner. I can’t eat popcorn (Crohn’s will do that to ya), but I CAN eat rice cakes seasoned like popcorn, so I think I will take your idea and turn it into something low-fiber for me 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
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September 2, 2012 9:08 pm

I love this! Oh man, now I really wish it felt like fall here!

Hayley
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September 2, 2012 9:15 pm

So, if your kids and hubby participate in the cleaning week, do they get novelty keychains and bumper stickers saying “I Survived Cleaning Week” or “Mr. Sparkle Is Jealous Of My Toilet”? Because I think that’d be awesome. But definitely not as awesome as caramel apple popcorn.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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September 2, 2012 9:28 pm

I love popcorn and caramel anything and apples and this looks so munchable and like it would be highly delish…and addictive!

Brittany
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September 2, 2012 9:59 pm

Wow you’ve definitely taken popcorn to a whole new level. I bet this would be delicious to snack away on.

avril
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September 2, 2012 10:20 pm

What a great idea for a theme….”Caramel Apple”! Can’t wait to see what you and Kristan come up with!

Your popcorn looks wonderful! So festively Fall 🙂

Kate H.
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September 2, 2012 10:28 pm

yummm! i just love fall!

Glory/ Glorious Treats
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September 2, 2012 10:39 pm

OOh, I’m going to really enjoy this caramel apple week!! This looks like an amazing start!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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September 2, 2012 11:20 pm

This popcorn looks awesome. Plain amazing!

Joanne
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September 2, 2012 11:33 pm

Maybe you could send out some facebook invitations for cleaning week? Or make a group? Somehow doing things in groups always seems to actually get things done…like just being part of the group holds you accountable.

Yay for fall and caramel apples! I want to dive into this popcorn. Headfirst.

Back for Seconds
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September 3, 2012 12:17 am

I actually think theme cleaning is a good idea, haha! I have been craving caramel apples, how fun that you turned them into such a fun and festive treat!

Diane (Created by Diane)
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September 3, 2012 2:25 am

Thia sounds yummy and perfect for that crisp fall weather I’m hoping will show its face soon hardly seems like its time for fall at Oder 100degrees. Can’t wait to make this!

ThisBakerGirlBlogs
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September 3, 2012 3:35 am

Apples and caramel are one of my favourite combos and this looks great!! 😀

Brian @ A Thought For Food
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September 3, 2012 8:56 am

See… this is a tough one for me. I am a purist when it comes to popcorn and I typically have trouble with anything other than butter and salt. BUT if I were to get a little more adventurous, I think this would be the recipe for me.

Deborah
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September 3, 2012 10:36 am

Ok, adding in the apple chips is brilliant. Love this!!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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September 3, 2012 10:42 am

I can’t believe you did this…oh wait, yes I can. I’m going to come lay around your house for awhile (the kids can clean around me) and just eat.
Great idea to use the apple chips!

Karen
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Karen
September 3, 2012 2:16 pm

Ohhhh, I’ll be eating this tonight for sure. My evening just got an upgrade. Thanks!

Cathy @ Noble Pig
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September 3, 2012 2:26 pm

Seriously, seriously gorgeous…I love this idea!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
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September 3, 2012 3:02 pm

I love themed weeks! This popcorn is genius, my hubby might even eat apples if I did this!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
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September 3, 2012 3:05 pm

I loved the last theme week and this week is starting off nicely. I love caramel corn and adding apple chips bumps up the healthy factor so I can eat more 🙂

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
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September 3, 2012 3:47 pm

amazing!! what a perfect snack.

teresa
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September 3, 2012 3:50 pm

Caramel Apple Popcorn!
That’s totally over the moon!
Love it when you and Kristan team up!
You know I think you need your own tv show~right!
Would you be on MTV or Food Network? 😉
LOVE everything you girls do!
This popcorn rocks!
Hugs from Bainbridge Shelly!
xo

Jocelyn
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September 3, 2012 4:41 pm

Theme cleaning is how I clean around here…although after dining room day I get a little distracted and then living room day suffers:-) Maybe if I had some awesome caramel apple popcorn to keep me motivated? Yeah, I think that would do the trick!!!

Sandy Sandmeyer
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September 3, 2012 5:26 pm

OMG this looks wonderful!!!

Jamie | My Baking Addiction
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September 3, 2012 7:03 pm

This is pretty much my version of Fall snacking perfection. Love it!

jodie
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jodie
September 3, 2012 7:22 pm

I think I’m going to love this week, totally worth picking caramel of of my teeth!

Elizabeth
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September 3, 2012 9:01 pm

I love theme weeks! I can’t wait for the upcoming days.

DessertForTwo
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September 3, 2012 9:46 pm

YUM! I love the apple chips in here! I agree on themes: they keep you focused 🙂

Sue
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September 3, 2012 11:46 pm

What a great idea! I am so going to try this!

Lori
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September 3, 2012 11:57 pm

Well, now I need to go buy some apple chips.
And I love the idea of sending invitations to your kids to clean their closets. Imagine how excited they would be to get a beautiful invitation in the mail and then to open it up and see they’ve been invited to clean. It’s either quite genius, making cleaning into a fun party-like activity, or rather diabolical, making a fun party into cleaning. I guess it would depend on the kids’ reactions!
~Lori

Lynna
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September 4, 2012 2:16 am

This is a brilliant theme! i lovee it! & this popcorn has me blown awayyy!

sally @ sallys baking addiction
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September 4, 2012 6:18 am

Caramel Apple Week! I love this theme Shelly! I’ve only made caramel apples a few times but that was so long ago, I should do it again this year. And this fun twist is a much easier way to do it! Those apple chips are SO addicting. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to stop eating this… dangerous.

Carolyn
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September 4, 2012 7:08 am

Oh wow, I love that it has apples right in it! Wonderful!

TidyMom
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September 4, 2012 7:22 am

what a fun idea for popcorn Shelly!!! Bring on fall I’m ready for caramel apple!

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
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September 4, 2012 8:34 am

Cleaning should be an event!! It feels so good when it’s done– so more excitement for the bad part– the actual cleaning 🙂

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
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September 4, 2012 9:22 am

Oh my gosh, I totally want this immediately. You are a genius! I can’t wait to see what else you have lined up for Caramel Apple Week. 😀

Laura
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Laura
September 4, 2012 9:38 am

Silly question…I have one of those air poppers…the cup you show measures about 1/2 cup. Do you pop just one of those, or 2? Just checking! This looks so yummy – am thinking of making it for my kids’ teachers. Thanks!

Jen @ Jen
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September 4, 2012 10:14 am

Now THIS is how caramel apple should be done!! I love it!

Holli
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September 4, 2012 3:27 pm

I’m not sure it can get much better than popcorn and caramel. This looks so great…definitely something for that sweet/salty craving. I’d love for you to share at our fall-themed link-up!

http://www.fullhands-fullhearts.com/2012/08/2012-fall-bucket-list-idea-share_30.html

Thanks so much, and happy to be following along for more fall (and other) kitchen inspiration. Beautiful site!

Vera Magrini
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September 5, 2012 6:16 am

Hi!! I’m from Italy and I really adore your recipe!! Here, unfortunally, we don’t have corn syrup, what can I use instead?? Honey?
Thanks a lot, your blog is delicious!!
Vera.

Kristen
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September 5, 2012 4:41 pm

Oh good gracious – are you kidding me with this? You have taken caramel popcorn and caramel apples… two of my favorite things and made them into one? Brilliant. Seriously.

luv what you do
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September 5, 2012 10:48 pm

I’m so excited for caramel apple season! This popcorn looks incredible…like I could eat the entire recipe in one sitting!

Michelle
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September 6, 2012 12:38 pm

Hi,
I found your lovely blog via Pinterest and this Caramel Apple Popcorn looks amazing! I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful week.
Michelle

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September 7, 2012 7:47 am

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September 7, 2012 9:34 am

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Anne @ Have a Cookie!
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September 7, 2012 10:02 pm

I am making this tomorrow but am adding some cinnamon to the mix since that’s the “secret ingredient” for the September baking group I belong to. This looks so yummy – I can’t wait to taste it!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
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September 9, 2012 4:23 pm
O.M.G. This stuff is sooooooo good!!! I’m eating it right now and can’t stop! I made a half batch yesterday to try it out and added 1 tsp. of cinnamon to the butter/sugar mixture. But I popped 1/2 cup of kernels in my air popper and got 12 cups of popcorn. Cutting the other ingredients in half made plenty of caramel to coat the amount of popcorn I had. The recipe calls for 1 cup of unpopped kernels and yields 14 cups of caramel corn. Should that be 24? I also broke up the larger apple chips to have more… Read more »
Anne @ Have a Cookie!
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September 9, 2012 6:52 pm

And I’ve eaten wwwaaaayyyyyyyyy too much of it! SO GOOD!

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