This Loaded Salted Caramel Corn transforms popcorn into a salty, sweet, crunchy and the most addicting snack of all time. Pecans & chocolate take this caramel corn to the next level.
Ok, here is the thing. There are just a handful of sweet treats, not many but just a select few, that I just can't stop once I start.
I can't be left alone with them for fear of an extreme tummy ache and a night full of regret.....ok ok ok, maybe not regret but definitely a belly ache. 🙂 Loaded Salted Caramel Corn is one of those few. I can't with it. But I can. It's addicting, I have no self-control, I can't stop, and I am not sorry about it!
This is what gets me, the salty sweet combo. We can all stop right there. No more explanation will be needed.
I more often than not nowadays crave salty crunchy things rather than sweets. But see here is the thing with Loaded Salted Caramel Corn, it is the best of both worlds. Sweet but balanced with a salty finish. It is crunchy on the outside but sticky chewy on the inside. It is a perfect blend and marriage of all flavors and it gets me on a different level.
So much so that my mom, sister and I made tubs full for our wedding. Who needs party favors when you can go home with paper bags full of caramel corn served right out of our childhood wagon? I mean it was pretty much perfect.
This year I gave the classic recipe a sophisticated upgraded. Dressed it up with a little more salt in the caramel, tossed in crunchy toasted pecans and a drizzle of dark chocolate that perfectly melts in your mouth as you eat it. I didn't think this recipe could get any better but by all means, it has!
Homemade caramel corn isn't as daunting as it sounds. It all starts with plain popcorn. I highly recommend a Whirlypop! Say bye bye to burnt popcorn pieces and unpopped kernels. This pot makes the best popcorn of all time and it will quickly become one of your most loved kitchen toys.
Then comes homemade caramel which is easier to make than you think. Brown sugar, butter, and salt boiled until bubbly. Pour over popcorn & pecans, toss until coated. Bake in a low temp oven for an hour to help dry the sticky exterior out. Finish with a drizzle of dark cocoa, let dry and dig in!
This is perfect to bring to your holiday parties! It makes great hostess gifts and easily packaged for a homemade present to any friend, neighbor, boss or family! You will be raved about for the next year and it will become expected and requested from now on! 🙂 Happy holiday baking kickoff! Be sure to send me all your Loaded Salted Caramel Corn pictures!
In need of some more irresistible totally addicting sweet treats? You know I have you covered!
- Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Bourbon Pecan and Chocolate Slab Bars
- Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies
- No Chill Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies