Oh how we love Sticky Popcorn! This is one of my kids favorite treats. We make it all year long and love to share it with friends and neighbors.
The actual name of this recipe is Buttery Carmel Corn and I got it from my sister Tracy. I wish I could remember which of my kids started calling it Sticky Popcorn but for whatever reason, the name stuck.
Sticky Popcorn Recipe
1 C Butter or Margarine
1 1/3 C Sugar
1/2 C Light Corn Syrup
1 TBS Vanilla
Air pop two batches of popcorn. My popcorn popper takes about 1/3 Cup kernels per batch.
To make the caramel sauce combine all ingredients except for the vanilla, in a pan over medium heat. When sauce begins to boil cook 5 to 7 minutes longer, stirring constantly. This is where you can decided if you would like sticky popcorn or crunchy popcorn. The longer you boil the sauce the harder it will dry. We like it a little sticky at my house so we usually go between 5 - 6 minutes. Then add vanilla. Have the popcorn ready to go in a large bowl and pour sauce over the popcorn. Stir and mix well.
Lay a couple of long pieces of wax paper on your table or counter and spread the popcorn out so it can cool. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Break into pieces and enjoy! You can store leftovers in an container, but we usually don't have a lot of leftovers. :)