Virgie took me under her wing when I was a young wife and mother as she did with many other people she met. She had a heart of gold and I quickly learned not to compliment her about certain things. For example, if I told her that I liked her shoes, I might very well find those shoes sitting on my doorstep later that day. I mentioned one day that I loved caramel corn and next thing I knew she was delivering a delicious buttery, caramely treat to my door along with THIS recipe!
I could hardly believe that the entire recipe was prepared in the microwave!........ And that it comes together in less than ten minutes! Oh my, now you see why I call this dangerous stuff; you can get a craving and twenty minutes later be sitting eating your weight in this fantastic treat!
Salted Toffee (Microwave!!!) Caramel Corn
8 cups popped popcorn, slightly less than one regular size bag of microwave popcorn
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup toffee bits
½ teaspoon sea salt
1. In a large microwave safe bowl (the biggest bowl you have, as you will be doing a lot of stirring once you add the popcorn), combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla. Heat on high for one minute. Stir to mix well and return to microwave, heat another 2 minutes and stir again to dissolve all sugar. Add baking soda and stir well.
2. Add the popped popcorn to the bowl with the brown sugar mixture and stir to coat the popcorn; don't worry if every kernel is not coated at this point. Place bowl back in microwave and cover loosely. Heat for 1 minute on high. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat again for one minute, then add toffee bits and sea salt, stir well and microwave for 20 more seconds. Turn popcorn mixture out onto waxed paper to cool.