Puff corn is pretty amazing, and when you make it into caramel puff corn, you have an irresistible treat! It's almost impossible to stop eating it!
Puff corn is a relatively new treat at our house. Papa has been a hardcore popcorn eater as long as I've known him, but while he's awaiting a dental implant, popcorn is a no-no. Puff corn is a perfect replacement!
You can find puff corn at Walmart, Target, and most convenience stores that carry Frito-Lay products.
It's so light and buttery and perfect for anyone of any age, even little ones because there are no unpopped kernels or hulls to mess with. I thought it was a perfect snack, and then I found out it makes incredible caramel puff corn!
Oh. My. Sweet. Tooth! You guys, it is addictive! Seriously, I have to dole out a few pieces to myself and put the rest away, or I'd eat the entire batch!
I can guarantee you'll love eating it, but it's also very easy to make and only takes a few ingredients! It's quick, too! In about five minutes, you can have the caramel made and poured over the awaiting puff corn!
Then, bake it for forty-five minutes, spread it out to cool, and break it into bite-size pieces! Seriously, you can happily munch away in less than an hour, start to finish!
By the way, I used a disposable roasting pan someone gave me, thinking I would throw it away when I was done (even though it pained my frugal heart.) Surprise! Since I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray before I began, clean-up was a breeze!
This makes a party-size batch! Spray a roasting pan with non-stick spray and turn on your oven to 250 degrees. Empty two bags of Chester's Butter Puff Corn into the roasting pan.
In a heavy two to three-quart saucepan (nothing smaller. When you add the baking soda, the mixture foams up a lot!), melt two sticks of butter with a cup of brown sugar and a half cup of white corn syrup.
Over medium-high heat, stir until the butter melts and everything is well blended, and bring the mixture to a boil. Set a timer for two minutes and stir constantly while the mixture boils, then add one teaspoon of baking soda.
The mixture will foam up and get lighter in color. It's fun to watch it expand while you keep on stirring!
Now pour that golden mixture over the puff corn in the roasting pan and while the caramel is warm, stir until every puff is coated with caramel.
It was amazing to me how easy this was to do! The puff corn seemed excited to get a caramel bath, and it went faster than I thought it would!
Now pop that pan in your 250-degree oven and let it bake; stir it after fifteen minutes, then again in another fifteen minutes, and when it's all done baking, give it a final stir and spread it out onto a waxed paper-covered surface to cool.
When it's cool enough to handle, break the puffs apart into bite-sized nuggets of caramel puff corn and store it in a tightly covered container at room temperature. Hide it from yourself if needed!
Funny story. I knew I had to make as much of this go away to someone else to eat because the two of us simply cannot indulge in so many goodies, even though we'd love to! (Especially me! This is one of my favorite-ever treats!)
I took a big ziplock bag of it to the basketball game, and the people we sat with thought it was popcorn chicken! That really made me giggle, but the guy I gave it to must not have been too disappointed because he ate every bite! Yay! 😂
I think caramel puff corn would make the absolute best gift for Valentine's Day or any other time! This amazing treat would make a great addition to the snack table at your Super Bowl watch party, too!
* you can substitute 14 to 16 ounces of other brand of puff corn
I love to use puff corn for another treat, too. Try this two-ingredient recipe for a puff corn snack with almond bark! Happy snacking!!
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Love, GB (Betty Streff)
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