I love giving homemade gifts at Christmas time! Something homemade really tells a story about how you took the time out of your own life to think of someone else. That you cared enough to spend your time making something the other person would enjoy.
This caramel corn crunch makes a great gift during the holidays. It's sweet and crunchy, plus it just looks so darn pretty! It doesn't take much time and is perfect for that needed last minute gift.
I made a few batches of this for our church Christmas party this week. We were having a white-elephant gift exchange and I decided this year I was going to give a gift that someone would actually enjoy receiving. Who wouldn't love a big 'ol bag of caramel corn?? A few frosted sugar cookies to go along side it and I had a gift I was proud to take to the exchange.
I even had enough leftover to snack on when I was done. Yum!
Caramel Corn Crunch
9 cups popped popcorn
9 cups rice Chex cereal
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In a very large heat-proof bowl, (you want the largest one you own, seriously!) combine the popcorn, cereal and almonds; set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter; stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda. (Mixture will foam up and get lighter in color.) Carefully pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat evenly. I like to pour a little, stir, pour a little more, stir, etc.
Transfer to two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight containers.
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