11.01.2010

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn and a Double-Feature!



One of my {new-ish} favorite Cool-Weather Treats is Cinnamon Bun Popcorn! I made it last year for a party and everyone went crazy over it! Since then I think I've probably made it a dozen times. I've already made it twice this year! So good! The most important thing for me, however, is to be sure that there is somewhere I can bring the bulk of it...and leave it there! If it's around, I can't help myself! :-)

I've adapted this recipe a bit each time I've made it, but I'm going to give you the original by Our Best Bites because it is just awesome. I usually substitute walnuts for the pecans, just because we like them better. I also use light butter, just because. I really like using pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon during this time of the year...yum! 

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans & White Chocolate 
Recipe by Our Best Bites

12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
1 C pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 C brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1t vanilla
1/2 t baking soda

3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. 

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl.  Mix well.  Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture.  Pour corn syrup over the top of everything.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine.  Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes.  Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. 

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  Mixture will foam and rise.  Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.  

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil. 

Melt almond bark according to package instructions.  Drizzle over popcorn mixture.  When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!



I also want to say a quick "thank you" to all my readers! 
You guys are awesome and I cannot believe how many of you have joined me in my crafting adventures over the past few weeks. Once I reach 100 followers, I'll have my first giveaway! Let's make it happen, friends! 

OH, and I was reading some posts over at Tatertots and Jello when I noticed that I was featured...twice! How cool is that?! I had no idea and was so excited I had to call SP at work to tell him! 

You can see it here and be sure to look around, Jen's blog is fantastic!! She's so creative!! 


Thanks for the feature, Jen! 
You made my week! 
:-)

26 comments:

  1. I'm not a big popcorn person, but I could definitely eat some of this! Yum!

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  2. Oh this sounds so amazing!!! I simply have to make this, thanks for sharing!
    Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh my! I would be 200lbs if this were available at my house! WOW!

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  4. I've had flavored popcorn before, but nothing like this. I love popcorn and cinnamon buns, so I bet I'd love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

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  5. Incredible-I am definitely trying this during the holidays-can't wait!!

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  6. You had me at cinnamon bun! I will be trying this out this weekend :) Thanks for linking up at Craft Catwalk! I'll be featuring this tomorrow, so grab yourself a feature button if you'd like!

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  7. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!! I can't wait to try it - thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  8. Yummm! Two of my favorite things combined! :] Thanks for the recipe. I'm visiting from A Glimpse Inside!

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  9. I just found your blog and I'm hooked! Can't wait to try this yummy sounding recipe. See you soon.

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  10. Mmmmmmmmm, this looks amazing! CAnt wait for a movie night to make it. Yummo!

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  11. Oh my word, this looks amazing! We love caramel popcorn and this looks even better!

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  12. Looks delish! I gotta give this recipe a shot. Thanks.

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  13. I featured this on my blog today!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/2010/11/saturday-showcase.html

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sumo :)

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  14. yum. I am always looking for something interesting to do with popcorn. I will definetely add this recipe to my list. Looks amazing.. thanks.

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  15. Oh wow that looks good I've never even heard of it and my family is BIG popcorn fans! Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Creative Christmas Link up!
    Heather

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  16. I've made this exact recipe a few times! It is absolutely delicious! And surprisingly easy! And you're right....everyone goes crazy over it!

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  17. Stop it you are making me so hungry...lol.Made this yesterday and it is to die for,but please get that bowl away from me,i am already about to pop and i don't mean popcorn.....Tanks for the recipe....Greg

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  18. Holy cow, this sounds amazing!

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  19. Right up my alley!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  20. I love anything with popcorn. I will have to make this on a night when someone is here to help me eat it though, because it looks like something I would go crazy for! Please stop by and link this (or any other seasonal posts) to my Theme Party on Thursdays. I'd love to have you! :)

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  21. OH EM GEE! My hubby is going to marry me all over again with this one!! He is an ADDICT when it comes to anything with CINNAMON BUN in the title!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing. This just may TOP everyone's favorite Almond Bark made by my sis in law!

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  22. This sounds EXTREMELY yummy!! Can't wait to try it.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. yum! thanks for sharing and linking up to my catch-as-catch-can party!
    gail

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