Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Never Wait for Caramel Popcorn Again, plus an upper body workout

This recipe came from my neighbor, Gerry, who lived next door to my parents. Gerry died of cancer when I was a teen and soon the house was sold. To my Grandparents! My grandma lives there now, probably using the same microwave Gerry used for this recipe.

This is for the impatient cook who doesn't want to wait an hour for the standard oven variety of caramel popcorn. Who wants to babysit the oven when you have another option? Not me!

Start by air popping 2 quarts of popcorn and putting it in a paper grocery sack.

Then you'll need:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda

Mix sugar, syrup, butter and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Bring to boil in the microwave. Boil for two minutes. This will take approximately 5 minutes on HI, but watch it to make sure it does not boil for over two minutes.

Mix in soda. Stir until foaming. Nice and foamy? Good. Now,
Pour over popcorn and shake the bag.

Shake it. Shake it. That's right.

Roll down the bag and smoosh it so it will still turn in the microwave.
Microwave on HI for 1 minute.

Take bag out and shake vigorously.
Everybody, move your body.
Up, down.
To the right. To the left.
Leave no two kernels together!

Microwave again for 1 minute.

Shake again. Even more vigorously. Put your whole body into it.
Shake it up.
Shake it down.
Shake it all around.

But don't hug it. It's a rather greasy dance partner.

Microwave for one more minute. It's smokin' hot by now, so,
pour out on cookie sheet to cool.

You've now had your upper body workout for the day. Or at least you've burned off the calories you're about to eat, so put your feet up and enjoy!

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