Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn

What could be better than homemade hot-from-the-oven caramel corn? Chocolate covered caramel corn! This delicious recipe includes all the steps to make both variations.

Recipe from The Food Channel
Ingredients
  • 16 cups popcorn (fresh popped popcorn works best)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate baking chips
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Directions
1. 
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2. 
Combine corn syrup, butter and brown sugar in saucepan; simmer over medium low heat to syrup consistency.
3. 
Bring to a slow boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
4. 
Remove from heat; stir in baking soda, salt and vanilla.
5. 
Pour over popcorn and toss to evenly coat.
6. 
Transfer to greased cookie sheets and bake uncovered for 1 hour; stirring several times during baking.
7. 
Transfer caramel corn to large bowl and cool; breaking up clumps.
8. 
To prepare chocolate covered popcorn: Reserve 8 cups caramel corn (1/2 batch).
9. 
Working in small batches, portion 1 cup chocolate chips into microwaveable measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds, stir, microwave an additional 20 seconds and stir until chocolate is smooth and melted.
10. 
Combine melted chocolate with 2 cups caramel corn and stir to evenly coat; using tongs or fork, transfer chocolate covered popcorn pieces to cookie sheet lined with wax paper and cool.
11. 
Repeat steps 9 and 10 with remaining chocolate chips and caramel popcorn.
12. 
Cool until chocolate has hardened. Transfer to serving bowls or decorative containers.
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