- few ingredients
- normal ingredients
- quick to make
- generous quantity
As an occasional sweet treat, we like to make microwave caramel corn. Our old recipe was a complicated process of baking it in the oven, setting the timer to stir the concoction and risking a scorched popcorn disaster. This recipe meets my criteria for a family snack:
You might wonder how you can eat caramel corn for a snack and not gain weight. Fair question. First of all, we don’t have it very often. When we do I usually eat a bit too much so I stack the odds in my favor by limiting the times I make it.
[break][/break]Second, just like everything else I eat, I eat caramel corn only when I’m truly hungry and stop when I’m full. “One more bite” is a little trickier here because it tastes so good. But I don’t sit down on the couch in front of the TV with the whole big bowl and give myself permission to indulge without self control. I use a small snack bowl, eat slowly and savor the taste.
[break][/break]Remember, you can only taste food while it’s in your mouth. So no point in snarfing it down as fast as you can.
[break][/break]And there, doesn’t it make you feel better that I’m not perfect in my eating? When I’m working out regularly with T-Tapp I have some wiggle room without fear of weight gain.
[break][/break]Here’s the yummy, easy recipe:
[break][/break]Microwave Caramel Corn
[break][/break]¾ cup unpopped popcorn
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
[break][/break]Pop popcorn and place in a large paper sack, like a brown grocery bag. Microwave the sugar, butter and syrup on high 4 minutes. Stir in the baking soda and salt and pour over popcorn. Fold the top of the bag shut and microwave 1 minute. Take it out and shake the bag. Repeat. Microwave 30 seconds and shake bag. Repeat. The recipe says to spread on a cookie sheet to cool, but I usually just dump it in a large bowl and let it cool a few minutes. Remember: 1 minute the first two times, 30 seconds the last two times. That’s it!