Grandmas are some of the best bakers in the world. They seem to know how to make everything, and no matter how hard you try, nothing you make tastes exactly the way grandma makes it. My grandmothers are two of the best bakers known to mankind. My Grandma Bernice makes one of my all time favorite snacks, caramel puffcorn. It is a delicious layer of caramel draped over puffcorn, which turns it into a sweet and gooey snack. Carmel puffcorn is a treat she makes whenever the whole gang is at her house. My husband loves it so much that she even shipped some to us last fall! J As a child, I remember Grandma Bernice always having a huge white metal bowl sitting on her counter holding this delicious treat. It is so addicting that every time you walk past this bowl, you have to snag a handful of it. Grandma Bernice also has a massive batch of this sitting on the table at what she calls lunch, the “snack time” after dinner, before you leave for home. A person will never leave her house hungry.
While in Iowa this summer I saw puffcorn in the store and I had to buy a bag to take home with me to Texas. Believe it or not, in the 6 years I have been in Houston, I have NEVER seen a bag of puffcom in any store here. If you know where I can buy it here, please share the wealth!
1 package puffcorn (I used Old Dutch)
1 cup butter
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine butter, brown sugar, and light corn syrup in a 2 qt sauce pan, cook on medium heat until mixture has melted. Once mixture has melted, add the baking soda. The baking soda will cause the mixture to foam and rise up in your pan.
Pour puffcorn into large roaster pan. Pour caramel mixture over the puffcorn and stir until mixed.
Place in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring at least every 10-15 minutes.
Remove from oven, pour on wax paper and break apart. Let cool and enjoy!
** I lined my roasting pan with parchment paper. This made for a super easy clean up.