*The caramel that this makes is about the equivalent of super glue. You don't want it to get onto your counters or floor. It's a pain to clean up. Hot water works wonders.
1 bag of popped popcorn (not the super-buttery stuff)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lite brown syrup
1 stick real butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dried Cranberries (optional and amount to taste)
Pecan bits (optional and amount to taste)
White chocolate (optional and amount to taste)
-Put popcorn into a really large bowl. Be sure to pick out the un-popped kernels.
-In a microwavable bowl, put the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir.
-Microwave for 2 minutes. Take out and stir.
-Microwave for another 2 minutes, take out and stir. Then add the baking soda and vanilla. At this point, the caramel will bubble up like crazy. Keep stirring. Stir until it gets a little bit lighter in color and is well mixed. You'll know when.
-Pour all over popcorn and mix well.
If you like chewy caramel popcorn, follow these directions: Stir in cranberries, pecan bits and drizzle with chocolate. Spread onto a cookie sheet or aluminum foil. Do not, like me, spread it onto wax paper. The caramel is too hot and melts it. Trust me. Let popcorn cool and devour!