Still wondering what you're going to make for neighbor gifts this year? Feeling a little last-minute? Then you're in luck! And if you're more on top of it than some of us (ME), make a batch of this and keep it for yourself. And if you DO make it for your neighbors, still make a batch for yourself. I promise. It's irresistible! Even better is it's SUPER easy. You'll love it!
10ish C popped popcorn (scant 1/2 C unpopped)
6 oz milk chocolate (I used Ghiradelli chcolate chips)
6 oz white chocolate or almond bark
1 cube butter
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C Karo syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pop popcorn with air popper. Transfer to a new bowl to ensure the unpopped kernels are left behind.
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add corn syrup and brown sugar and cook until boiling, stirring constantly. Once boiling, cook for 2.5 minutes while stirring constantly. Add vanilla and baking soda, stir, and pour over popcorn. Stir until popcorn is coated evenly.
Transfer caramel popcorn to a Pammed cookie sheet, and bake at 250* for 30 minutes, stirring every 10.
After popcorn has cooked, transfer to wax paper, parchment paper, or brown packing paper (what I did). You could also just divide it onto a couple cookie sheets. Spread out evenly and let cool 5-10 minutes.
Melt milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue melting at 10 second intervals intil chocolate is melted. Using a spoon or fork, drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn evenly (but a big blob of chocolate every now and then is good too ;)
Repeat process with white chocolate.
Let popcorn sit for at least an hour while chocolate cools and hardens. Then, enjoy!
I put mine in these cute boxes I found at the dollar store and delivered them to my neighbors :)