About a month ago, I discovered the beauty of apple cider caramel. Ever since I devoured one of the candies, I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate them into other desserts. I explored with apple cider caramel stuffed snickerdoodles, apple cider caramel pull apart bread, and now it's time for apple cider caramel chocolate popcorn! I had a box full of popcorn that was near their expiration date so this was the perfect excuse. Liven up your plain popcorn with this apple cider caramel chocolate version - you won't regret it. You can even wrap them in decorative Christmas boxes or bags and give them away as holiday gifts!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Caramel is always one of those things that I hesitate to make. Cooking the sugar just right can be tricky since it is quite temperamental. For specific tips on how to make the perfect apple cider caramel, check out my snickerdoodles post.
Once the caramel is done, all you have to do is pop the popcorn and bake with the caramel. Ideally, you want to use unsalted, not buttered popcorn for this recipe.
When baking the popcorn with the caramel, make sure to stir the popcorn every 15 minutes. This allows an even coating of caramel for each kernel. Remember to transfer the caramel popcorn from the baking sheet to a new parchment paper after it has finished baking, otherwise, the popcorn will stick to the old parchment paper (not a mess you want to deal with!).
If you're not a fan of chocolate you can omit it, or even substitute it with white chocolate.
Although caramel can be a challenge at times, it's well worth preparing especially for this apple cider caramel chocolate popcorn. The popcorn is not overly sweet and has a hint of apple cider, making it appropriate for the winter season. To prevent myself from devouring on all of the popcorn myself, I'm wrapping up half and giving them away as holiday treats...another reason for people to love you!
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