Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snow Day (featuring Homemade Caramel Popcorn!)

Well, our snow day last week turned into more of an "ice" day - bummer!  Our area received just a dusting of snow before the precipitation changed to sleet and freezing rain.  Thankfully, we all made it home safely.  And, luckily the area avoided the havoc of 8 years ago when a similar weather event resulted in complete gridlock on the interstate and kids stranded at school overnight. 

But, even a less than snowy, snow day calls for our favorite snow day treat - homemade caramel popcorn!  It's a tradition in our house to snack on this deliciousness when it snows!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn
Recipe from The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
by Amy Dacyczyn

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanuts (optional)
and popcorn, of course!

Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over low heat until butter is melted.  Cook without stirring for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add baking soda and vanilla.  Spread popcorn and peanuts on a baking sheet.  Pour caramel over the popcorn and mix until evenly coated.  Bake 15 minutes at 300 degrees.

Serve warm from the oven.  YUM!

May your snow days be *!~*!~*SNOWY*!~*!~*

Mary Ellen


  1. I am re-reading my copy of the Complete Tightwad Gazette for about the hundredth time right now! lol I had completely forgot about her caramel popcorn recipe. This sounds delicious on such a cold day :)

  2. Yum, yum, yum! Warm from the oven! Delish.

    I forgot about the recipe. I have to pull her book back out and and look it over again.

  3. YUMMY! Gosh, I would devour that stuff.

  4. Looks like a yummy and tasty treat. I don't dare make any though, or it might become too addicting! :)


  5. I love making popcorn at home. I'll have to give this popcorn recipe a try.