Monday, November 12, 2012

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn & A Virtual Baby Shower

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

I love nothing more than meeting someone who you can connect with on many levels.  Rachel is one of those people.  I don’t remember when we first “met” but she is one that I talk to on a nearly-daily basis.  She is seriously one of the most humble and laid back bloggers that I know, and I have never even met her in real life.  We share a love for spreadsheets, all-things-organized and, you guessed it: popcorn.

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

Well, guess what…TODAY is all about Rachel and her sweet baby boy who will be making his appearance very soon.  Happy Virtual Shower, Rach!!

I can say that popcorn is one of my very favorite snacks.  I (almost) lived on it in college and have been known to eat popcorn for dinner…along with a glass of wine, of course.  Sometimes I like my popcorn a little bit spicy.  I  think I prefer it with tons of butter and salt – classic and simple.  But for a new baby, we definitely needs some sweet and salty.  So I made salted caramel cashew popcorn.  The sweet and salty here is almost too balanced, if that can happen – it’s just way too easy to keep going back for another handful.  The salted caramel is so simple – no candy thermometer needed, just some butter, brown sugar and a little stirring.  Go ahead and add some M&M’s, Hershey’s kisses or chocolate chips for a little added sweetness.

Congratulations, Rachel, I am so happy for you, can’t wait to meet your little guy! xo

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

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Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 6 cups

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour (includes cooling time)

A simple salted caramel sauce is drizzled over popped popcorn and cashews and baked for a fun fall and winter-inspired snack.

Ingredients:

4 cups popped corn (unsalted, unbuttered), see note below
1 cup cashew halves and pieces
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. Maldon sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the popcorn and cashews. .

In a heavy saucepot over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt and stir constantly while bringing it to a boil. When it begins to boil rapidly, stop stirring and allow the caramel to boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Carefully pour over popcorn and mix well. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at 15 minutes to break up the large pieces.

When finished, spread out the popcorn on a layer of wax paper and break up any large chunks. Allow the popcorn to cool completely before serving; store in an airtight container for up to 4 days...it's actually better the second and third day.

*Updated: some who have tried the recipe have experienced that the popcorn burns when baked at 350 degrees. If your oven tends to run a little hotter, bake the popcorn at 325 or bake at 350 and watch carefully, stirring more frequently.*

Cassie’s Notes:
I pop my popcorn on the stove because: a) we don’t have a microwave and b) we don’t have an airpopper. So stove popping is really my only choice, good thing I love it that way.

Here’s how to do it:

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. (I use grapeseed, you can use canola, vegetable, etc. just not olive oil, it will be likely to burn.)

Add a few popcorn kernels and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add 1/3 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down, shaking the pan every-so-often

Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl, in this case, the roasting pan.

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Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

 

93 Responses to “Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn & A Virtual Baby Shower”

  1. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — November 13, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Popcorn, I think Rachel needs to buy stock in it! Love me some salty and sweet popcorn!

  2. #
    katie — November 13, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I’m drooling over this popcorn. I’m sure Rachel LOVED all the salty /sweet treats!

  3. #
    Bailey @ Bailey Bakes — November 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Just letting you know this popcorn didn’t make it home last night. I ate it all in the car on my way. :)

    • Cassie replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      That is awesome! :) So glad you made it!!

  4. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 13, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I love caramel popcorn, and I bet I would love salted caramel popcorn even more!

  5. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 13, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    This looks incredible, Cassie! Just like you and Rachel – who’ve I’ve been lucky enough to meet in real life, and is 110% just as lovely!

  6. #
    Sandy @ RE — November 13, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    This looks fantastic! Very sweet of you guys to put that together for Rachel. Love little boys, too, and they always love their mommies!

  7. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    This is a perfect sweet and salty combination for popcorn! What a fun treat for a party!

  8. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    You guys are too sweet for doing this! And this popcorn is so perfect for Rachel! I hear her talking about popcorn all the time on twitter and then I get a major craving for it! And I’m definitely try this version – I could snack on this all day!

  9. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 13, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    How sweet! Rachel must be super excited by what you all made. :)

    And I’ve seen so much flavored popcorn lately. I’ve never had it so I definitely need to get up to speed and try it out.

  10. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 13, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    such an awesome combo! might need to make this for a party we’re having this weekend!

  11. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 13, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Oooh, salty caramel is my absolute fave!

  12. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — November 13, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Um nom! I made caramel and toasted coconut popcorn for the first time a few weeks ago. This looks incredible!

  13. #
    Baking Serendipity — November 13, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I really want to put a bowl of this popcorn, and a bottle of wine on the menu for dinner tomorrow night. The tricky part will be getting my husband to go for it :)

  14. #
    Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker — November 14, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Salted caramel anything makes me so happy! Love that you made popcorn – I suppose we all could have made popcorn of sorts! Man she loves that stuff!!

  15. #
    Angie — November 14, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This recipe looks so good! I’ve never made caramels before, I’ll have to try them!

  16. #
    Shari-Tickled Red — November 15, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Oh my goodness! The boys and I are going to be in snack attack heaven :D

  17. #
    Shaina — November 16, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I need this in my life. Salted caramel is my one true weakness. Gorgeous.

  18. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — November 17, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    This would be such a fun gift to give for the holidays! My mom always made an incredible caramel corn for Christmas and I have never tried it!

  19. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 18, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    I love cashews, but I feel like people never put them in stuff–not like they do almonds and peanuts, at least. So yay for using cashews! Awesome recipe! :)

  20. #
    brandi — November 28, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    i want this right now! is this possible? :) we seriously need just a popcorn party.

  21. #
    Kim — December 29, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I made this popcorn tonight- it looked perfect after mixing the popcorn and nuts with the caramel, but it was BURNT after 15 min @ 350 degrees! It really needs to be baked at a lower temperature!

    • Cassie replied: — December 30th, 2012 @ 7:53 am

      Hi Kim, I’m so sorry it burnt for you. Some ovens operate a little differently so I apologize that the instructions didn’t work for you. I’ll adjust the recipe. I hope you’ll try again!

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