The perfect last-minute edible gift idea for the holidays that’s budget-friendly and so easy to whip up!
My cute hubby, Mikie, needed a treat for his work luncheon the other day. I love when he needs a treat because it gives me a chance to try something new. the problem is that he has an hour commute to work. As we were going through options, he kept coming up with reasons that it wouldn’t work with the commute.
Finally, we decided to make some gourmet popcorn. It’s easy to carry and not so fragile that you are afraid it won’t make it to where you need to go. Seriously, it’s amazing how simple popcorn can be transformed into something so divine!
The great thing is that it’s fabulous for any occasion. Tonight, I think I might make a batch to share with some neighbors! Warning! You will not be able to stop eating this popcorn, once you get started!
- 2 to 3 bags of microwave popped popcorn ( I used the buttered kind and depending how juicy you want your popcorn, will determine how many bags)
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 squares almond bark
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
- Pour popcorn in a large bowl with the almonds and set aside.
- In a large pan, melt the butter on a medium heat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and corn syrup, and combine by stirring constantly. Continue until the sugar has dissolved completely. This will take a few minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and add the vanilla and the baking soda. Stir to mix well. The baking soda will make the mixture expand.
- Pour caramel mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat well. Spread popcorn evenly onto 2 baking sheets that are covered with parchment paper. Bake each pan, individually for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place the parchment paper with the popcorn still on, onto to the counter top. I placed a couple of new pieces of parchment paper out so I could spread the popcorn out even more.
- Melt the almond bark according to the package instructions. Drizzle it over the popcorn. It was easier for me to use a wooden spoon to drizzle the almond bark.
- Let cool until everything is set and hardened. Then break the popcorn apart and enjoy!