Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn

Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn
I do have more pressing things to do with my time, like lesson planning, laundry, cleaning, etc.  But as I do some of those things, my mind wanders to possible yummy things I could make.  As I was cleaning off my kitchen counters today, I found some leftover toasted coconut I had from my last batch of Nanaimo Bars, and I didn't want to throw it away.  So I decided to add it, and even more coconut and chopped pecans to a batch of caramel corn: Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn.
It tastes great, but I'll have to tweak the recipe a little since a lot of the coconut & pecans didn't stick very well.  They still taste good scooped up by themselves, but I wanted it stuck to the caramel corn.  
This caramel corn is just another fun way to eat myself silly.  

Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn

Ingredients

  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 C light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4-6 quarts plain popped popcorn (I pop mine on the stove with some canola oil; airpopped is good too)
  • 1 cup flake coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted
Instructions

Preheat oven to 250°.

Put brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high until butter is mostly melted and then stir to combine ingredients. Bring to a boil by cooking on high for about 2 minutes. Remove and stir to combine all ingredients; then stir in baking soda.

Put popcorn into a huge bowl and top with coconut and chopped pecans. Pour above syrup stuff over popcorn, coconut & nuts, and mix thoroughly. Spread popcorn onto two non-stick cookie sheets. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, rotating pans between top and bottom shelves. Remove from oven.  Allow to cool completely on pans and then move to an airtight container.



4 comments:

  1. Thanks for bringing some to the teacher's lounge so we could sample it- very yummy!!! What kind of popping corn did you use? The kernels were so small.

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  2. Glad you liked it! I used Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. See this post: http://food-pusher.blogspot.com/2011/06/tiny-but-mighty-popcorn-prepared-three.html
    You can buy it at Dahls or HyVee.

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  3. Kelly! I saw your blog address on your parents' Christmas letter - my dad scanned and sent it to me in Singapore where we've been living since 1999...What an amazing resource blog you have. so inspirational! I HATE cooking (living in muggy equatorial island weather hasn't helped this), but I'm inspired by your creatiions! Kimberly (Coventon) Creasman

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  4. Thanks, Kimberly! I don't think I'd like cooking & baking as much if I had to do it in muggy weather all the time. :) Good to hear from you!

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