Fall is officially in full swing! We are one week out from Halloween, which I am so excited about, and there is just something magical and inspiring about this time of year. This Caramel Apple Popcorn is perfect for getting in the fall spirit. There’s a reason that everyone loves autumn and I am no exception to that!
Caramel corn is one of my favorite things to make come fall. My Cocoa Porter Caramel Corn from last year is always a huge hit and so is this recipe! Apples and caramel go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it only makes sense to combine them into a caramel corn.
I always dry pop my popcorn in the microwave, especially for recipes like this. It’s so much cheaper to buy a bag of kernels and season themselves than to buy chemical laden bags of popcorn. Yuck! Check out these instructions on how to pop them in the microwave with no oil!
The secret ingredient to this caramel corn is ground freeze dried apples. I use a whole 1.7 oz bag for a batch, and grind them in a coffee grinder, but you could also crush them in a food processor, blender, or with a mortar & pestle!
I’ll be portioning out my batch in bags and giving them out to tick-or-treaters!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- ½ cup ground freeze dried apples.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and dried apple powder. Stir well. Pour over the pop corn. Stir to coat well. Bake in large roaster or pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on parchment paper to dry.