Today I'd like to share something near and dear to my heart – and my taste buds. I love snacks that I can gobble up myself and give away as gifts. My Crazy Crunch caramel corn recipe covers both bases. Adapted from a magazine recipe I found many years ago, this popcorn is a unique find and the best caramel corn I've ever tried. I highly recommend doubling. Enjoy!
DANIELLE THORNE'S CRAZY CORN
6 cups of microwave-popped Kettle Corn (sweetened popcorn)
3 cups of Rice Chex cereal
2 cups of Cheerios cereal
1 cup of cashews piece
1 cup of pecan pieces
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup of butter
¼ cup of light or dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
Stir together the first five ingredients, making sure to remove any unpopped popcorn seeds. On the stovetop, bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, boil five minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture and gently blend until well coated. Pour into greased roasting pan and bake one hour at 250 degrees, stirring every twenty minutes. Stores well in covered container and makes a great goody bag.
Now, if you enjoy sweet romance with your sweet treats, check out my recent sea adventure, BY HEART AND COMPASS, available at Amazon and Desert Breeze Publishing. Here's a tidbit:
When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?
BY HEART AND BY COMPASS IS AVAILABLE AT AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/By-Heart-and-Compass-ebook/dp/B003U8AFIG/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280802562&sr=1-10
~Happy Sweet Holidays~