Food Hussy Recipe: Praline Caramel Corn

I love love love Caramel Corn - but I'm not a very daring home chef and I just buy it - but I decided to be crazy and...MAKE IT MYSELF! I always thought caramel was this mysterious thing - but boy was I wrong! 

Turns out - it's EASY and far more delicious than the stuff you buy in the store!! Who knew? I decided to be a little adventurous and make a Praline Caramel Corn. Pralines have nuts, sugar and cream...so how did I do it?

First stop - was Kroger! They have some great private label brands like Private Selection and Simple Truth that I am always bringing home. I had some of the popcorn at home - my husband loves snacking on it - but I picked up some Simple Truth brown sugar, Private Selection white chocolate chips and my favorite thing ever - Praline Pecans! I love those sugar pecans you get at festivals and I've made them before - but it's time consuming - so grabbing a can of these bad boys is much easier!! 

I made the caramel from a recipe on Pioneer Woman - I figure for something like that - I'm going to go tried and true and basic. It was simple ingredients: brown sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and heavy cream. Throw it all in a pan - bubble up - whisk and you're done!

After that you just layer all the popcorn on a sheet pan - I chopped the pecans into smaller pieces and sprinkled them throughout. Then just drizzled the caramel all over the popcorn! Then you pop it in the oven for an hour - stirring every 20 minutes.

After that's all cooled, I melted the white chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzled those over top - gave it that "cream" element to finish off the pralines flavor! 

Simple Truth and Private Selection were real winners with this and man oh man - I dare say - I will never buy caramel corn again!!! The oven baking really made it crunchy! And that cute towel in the background - it's from the Pioneer Woman collection - I figure I owed it to her since she gave me the caramel recipe!



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Praline Caramel Corn

prep time: 15 MINS cook time: 1 hour and 15 MINS total time: 1 hours and 30 mins
Who knew caramel corn would be so easy?!

ingredients:


  • 1 cup Simple Truth light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 bag Simple Truth Popcorn
  • 1/2 can Private Selection Pecan Pralines, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Private Selection White Chocolate Chips

instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. For caramel sauce - Mix Simple Truth brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low to medium heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until thicker. Turn off heat. 
  3. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper
  4. Spread Simple Truth popcorn on parchment paper and add chopped Private Selection Pecan Pralines
  5. Drizzle warm caramel over popcorn & pecans - toss gently and spread out evenly on pan
  6. Bake for 1 hour - stirring every 20 minutes
  7. Let caramel corn cool 
  8. Melt 1/2 cup Private Selection White Chocolate Chips in microwave (30-45 seconds at a time until liquid) 
  9. Drizzle white chocolate over caramel corn 
  10. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve! (Or store in airtight containers) 

notes

* Caramel Sauce courtesy of Pioneer Woman
Created using The Recipes Generator


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. 
 The opinions and text are all mine.

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