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!

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Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

For 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

For 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

Directions:

For Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
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!

For Chocolate Caramel Corn
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.

Recipe from Picky Palate

 

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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3 Responses to “Pumpkin, Dulce de Leche, Oat Bars”

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    hannah — December 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy these. It had all my favourite flavours, so I thought they would be delicious but I had a feeling whilst making they were going to be too sweet, and they were.

    Also the base definitely needs increasing as half the mix barely covers the bottom of the tin and with two wet elements it needs to be sturdier. Whilst the side pieces all stayed together the middle ones were just a gooey mess.

    But still didn’t detract from the biggest issue – far too sweet. (And I have plenty a sweet tooth!)

    Lovely blog though! (Sorry, hate leaving negative feedback! I just wouldn’t want someone else to have the same issues. Also, tinned pumpkin is quite pricey in the UK so wouldn’t want others to waste money on a recipe that doesn’t work)

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 11:02 am

      Sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work out for you… Thanks for the feedback.

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    Lynnette — September 9, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I’m going to try these. I think Brits don’t generally eat things as sweet as we do and I read the recipe and it doesn’t seem as if it has too much sugar, but I am going to double the crust recipe because it does seem as if it is a bit scant, plus I’m going to make a double batch. Tell me, do these have to be stored in the fridge? I see the note to put in fridge to set. Are they too soft at room temp? If so, do you think not adding the milk to the dulce de leche would take care of that? I’m bringing them to an event and there will be no refrigeration available.

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