Traditions are a very important part of the holidays for many folks. Whether it’s gathering the family together to decorate the tree, volunteering time to a worthy cause, or attending a Christmas concert at your local school or church-traditions can definitely help ease that stress that can truly overwhelm this time of year.
One of our families favorite traditions, is bundling up in our warmest clothes, and taking a drive into the city to see the spectacular light show put on by a local rotary club. In years past, the temperatures have been so cold that we’ve almost driven through the light show, instead of walk the three miles, but at the last minute, we always decide that just wouldn’t be tradition.
The kiddo’s (and our precious grandson) are home for a long weekend, and you guessed it, we’ll be heading out tonight, just before dark to see those AMAZING lights! Afterwards, we plan on picking up a pizza from our favorite pizza place, and head home to snuggle up and watch Christmas movies. Of course movies go hand in hand with popcorn, right?
And that leads me to another family tradition. This super YUMMY caramel popcorn recipe, made with puffed corn! This recipe was given to me years ago by my dear friend, Marlys. Sadly, she passed away over ten years ago, but we keep her memory alive by re-creating many of the recipes she shared-and this buttery, crunchy caramel popcorn has definitely become a family favorite around the holidays!
This quick and easy recipe requires only a handful of ingredients, and makes a HUGE batch! Just store it in an air tight container, and it will last for months! I usually like to make one batch for snacking, and another to give as a tasty homemade gift for friends and family!
Here is what you’ll need:
Caramel Puffed Popcorn:
3 bags of puffed corn
1 cup melted butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Directions: Preheat of 250. Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Add soda. Place puffed corn in a large roasting pan. Pour caramel mixture over top, and stir to coat. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in air tight container.
Do you have a favorite family tradition?
Have an AWESOME weekend!
Blessings and hugs,