Conquering Caramel Corn

Regular readers know I that I love to cook.  Meats, pastas, pizzas, chili… I make them all (and teach my daughters how to make them).

What I rarely make in the kitchen are sweet treats. I leave that to my wife and oldest daughter.  They’re great at it and enjoy doing it.

Baking and candy making isn’t really my thing.  You have to be more exact when following those recipes… unlike, say, a meatloaf or stir-fry which are more forgiving when you start messing with the ingredients, spices, and ratios.

This past weekend was one of those rare times that I attempted to make a sweet treat.  You see, for some reason, I’ve been craving caramel corn.

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to find prepackaged caramel corn without nuts or that wasn’t made in a factory that also processes nuts.  That’s important because my youngest daughter has a peanut and tree nut allergy.  Her safety is more important than my caramel craving.

I couldn’t find caramel corn to buy so I figured I’d try and make my own.  It would be a first for me.  I always assumed making it was difficult and time consuming.   After researching several recipes online, I settled on the one that looked the easiest to me.

There really wasn’t any pressure.  If it tasted terrible I wasn’t going to be out much.  Just my time and some sugar, butter, salt, baking soda, vanilla, and popcorn.

I can’t believe I waited so long to make my first batch of caramel corn.  It turned great and only took about an hour.  My family loved it.  Now, I’m already planing to make a second batch soon.

Homemade Caramel Corn

This experience has gotten me thinking about what other foods that I’ve never attempted to make but would like to try.  Stuffed peppers, stuffed shells, and egg rolls come to mind.

What’s one food that you thought would be difficult to make but turned out to be pretty easy once you made it?


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