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Welcoming 2011 with a POP

I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you today. I was thinking that it should be something really good. After all, it is the first post of the new year (2011. Can you believe it?) and I wanted to welcome it with a bang. But what? And then I realized that I recently made something that pops. That works right? Welcome 2011 with a pop? Done. 

Here’s something that I probably shouldn’t admit. Sometimes I like to break the rules. Don’t worry, nothing serious, just little things. Like that one time when I went to the casino and got in even though I wasn’t legal yet, or that one time, okay every time, when I drive way over the speed limit, or when I brought fruit with me when I crossed into the States from Canada. I’m a rebel. I get it.

It’s really no surprise then that when I went to go see the 7th installment of the Harry Potter series in theatres that I snuck this popcorn into the movie theatre. No one checks your purse when you go to the movies so why not bring outside food in with you. And it’s not just any outside food, it’s caramel popcorn. Correction: homemade caramel popcorn. Only the best kind (and it’s easy to make too, bonus!).

You better believe that when the very last Harry Potter movie is released that I will be there on opening day, with one of my favorite people, and a bag full of caramel popcorn, ready to see Lord Voldemort finally kick the bucket.

Caramel Popcorn

Adapted from Baked Perfection

2 bags of popped popcorn    1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar  

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/4 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tbsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 250F.

In a saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and stir frequently. Boil for 5 minutes at a lower heat.

Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.

Coat a turkey roasting pan with cooking spray. Place the popped popcorn into the pan and pour the caramel sauce over top of it.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes with a spatula covered in cooking spray.

*Be sure to stir the mixture well while it bakes in the oven. Failure to do this will result in little pieces of popcorn instead of whole kernels.

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