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Dec122012

Baby Ruth caramel corn

We made it! It's Day #12 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats! It went fast, didn't it? I still plan on sharing a few more goodies, but perhaps after a few days off. Any requests?

I have spent a good deal of time thinking about this particular recipe. I wanted to make caramel corn, but not just plain old caramel corn. And then one day I was in the grocery store and I spotted a Baby Ruth candy bar as I waited in the checkout line. I thought about how Baby Ruths are the most underrated candy bar in existence. Have you eaten one recently? They are good. The best! Well, one of the best. And that is how caramel corn and Baby Ruths became one.

I hope you enjoyed my string of treats! It has been a ton of fun posting and of course eating all of it (which is why I sit here at my computer sipping a mean green veggie juice).

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F. Coat a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Prepare 10-12 cups of popcorn in a large, heavy-duty saucepan. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat.

Add:

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1 cup light brown sugar

Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and amber in color, 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add:

1/2 cup marshmallow creme

1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir until the mixture is free of lumps.

Pour over the popcorn.

Carefully stir with a large spoon until the popcorn is well-coated.

Add:

12.5-oz. package of fun-size Baby Ruth candy bars, unwrapped and coarsely chopped

Carefully fold in the candy bar pieces.

Pour the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, occasionally reaching in to stir and flip the popcorn around.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the popcorn cool for a few minutes. At this point you can either let it harden on the sheet and then break pieces off, or you can form the popcorn into balls (or whatever shape you wish) and then let it harden.

Either way, you are going to love this stuff. 

See you in a few days, friends. 

Baby Ruth Caramel Corn

Spruce up your popcorn with one of America's favorite candy bars!

Serves: 12

Total time: 45 min

Baby Ruth Caramel Corn


Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12.5-oz. package fun-size Baby Ruth candy bars, unwrapped and coarsely chopped
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Coat a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Pop 12 cups of popcorn in a large, heavy-duty saucepan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the corn syrup and brown sugar and cook until mixture is smooth and is amber in color, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately add the marshmallow creme and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and carefully stir with a large spoon until the caramel is evenly distributed and popcorn is well-coated. Fold in the Baby Ruth pieces.
  4. Pour the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, occasionally reaching in the oven to stir and flip. Remove from oven and let cool. Break off in pieces. Store in an air-tight container.

 

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Oh.My.Goodness. I think I need to work this into my Christmas baking. Along with some of those mean green juice smoothies...

12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLetty

I love the popcorn!

12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

OMG these were sooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!

12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShica

This looks so good.

01.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I know I'm a few months late on this recipe. I've been wanting to make it since December. I made it last night and it is so good. What little is left this morning, I am eating for breakfast!

04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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