Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin and Chocolate Caramel Corn

Today I wrap up my Week of Pumpkin. I hope you've enjoyed your time here this week. I know I've had a blast. I can't get enough pumpkin these days. Be sure to check out Bake at 350's Flavor of The Month post coming up soon. The flavor this month is pumpkin! I'm entering this recipe (and the other's from this week) into her event.

I wanted to end on a sweet note. This recipe is a little out of the box for me. For starters, it's not baked. Second, it doesn't use canned pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor comes from Hershey's pumpkin spice kisses. If you haven't tried the flavored kisses, they're quite tasty. I can only handle one at a time, but they do have a great pumpkin spice flavor.

This popcorn was pretty easy to whip up. I'm wondering if you could make this with any of the flavored kisses... I took this popcorn to a football get together and it went quickly. I was told that it was the best popcorn ever. Of course, how can you make kettle corn better? Simple throw some melted kisses or chocolate on it!

Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Caramel Corn - from Picky Palate
Printable Recipe
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
1 3.3oz bag Kettle Corn popcorn, popped and all un-popped kernels removed
1 Cup dry roasted peanuts
2 Cups unwrapped pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses
6 Tablespoons butter
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1/3 Cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popped popcorn and peanuts onto a large rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with non stick cooking spray.

Place kisses, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a light boil. Remove from heat and pour evenly over popcorn and nuts. Gently stir to coat mixture over popcorn. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour onto parchment paper to cool. Break into pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Chocolate Caramel Corn
1 3.3oz bag Kettle Corn popcorn, popped and all un-popped kernels removed
1 Cup dry roasted peanuts
1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
6 Tablespoons butter
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1/3 Cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popped popcorn and peanuts onto a large rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with non stick cooking spray.

Place chocolate chips, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a light boil. Remove from heat and pour evenly over popcorn and nuts. Gently stir to coat mixture over popcorn. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour onto parchment paper to cool. Break into pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Note: I used a 10 oz bag of Kettle corn and divided it in half and then baked them at the same time.

And don't forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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12 comments:

Kris said...

I think I'm going to have to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting it!

stephchows said...

what a great idea using the kisses!

Molly Jean said...

What a great twist on caramel corn!

nutmegnanny said...

This is perfect for Halloween...delicious!

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmm I've seen this in a few places and have been craving it!! I didn't realize it used the pumpkin kisses :)

Sues

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Now, this is a FUN idea!!! Pumpkin + popcorn, who knew? ;)

Anne said...

Wow that looks amazing and the last photo is stunning!

TidyMom said...

ok, this is the second post using those kisses - HOW have I not seen them in the store???......I think I try and stay away from the candy section! LOL

This sounds AMAZING!! Thanks!!

~TidyMom

Melissa said...

I love the pumpkin spice kisses. What a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely going to try this recipe!

oneordinaryday said...

I keep seeing great ideas using those kisses and they're always being melted first. Genius. I'm going to try this, but with air popped popcorn instead. Sounds awesome.

Ingrid said...

You're right about those Kisses, one is enough. I used some in brownies and they were even better than eating them straight out of the wrapper.

Love your popcorn and I have some of those kisses left over.
~ingrid

Liesl said...

This recipe looks amazing!! I love those Pumpkin Spice Kisses!

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