Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe
Happy Holidays! Today I am sharing a most delightful confection; Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle recipe. Stick around because you are going to love it. Maybe too much.
Suzi was my next-door neighbor for 15 years. They were the cherished years as our children were growing up. We saw a lot of life together. She is an amazing cook and could run circles around me in any kitchen. I learned so much from her about the finer points of running a household and feeding a family.
Homemade Gifts for Holiday Giving
Toffee Popcorn is one of Suzi’s holiday specialties. It’s popcorn coated with caramel and drizzled with white and semi-sweet chocolate. It is sweet, chewy, and highly addictive. It also makes a lovely gift.
Make a big batch, divide it up, then wrap each in pretty packaging, to give to friends, neighbors, teachers, or a health care worker in your life.❤️
Toffee Popcorn, Caramel corn, Carmel Popcorn, or Cracker Jack
Whatever you call it, it’s delicious! Toffee Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Caramel Popcorn, or Cracker Jack; sometimes these names are used interchangeably.
What’s the difference between toffee and caramel?
Good question! I had to look it up myself. Toffee and caramel are both created by slowly and carefully heating sugar, usually with butter. Traditionally caramel is softer because it includes cream, milk, or condensed milk. Toffee is primarily just sugar and butter. Both are a light golden color and used in a variety of desserts.
The main difference is that toffee tends to be hard and crunchy, while caramel is soft and chewy. Caramel is typically made into candies and sauces, while toffee is used in bars and brittles.
Tips and Troubleshooting
If you are thinking, “I can’t make candy”. Please do not be intimidated. You can totally do this! This recipe doesn’t even require a candy thermometer. Here are some pointers to get it right the first time.
Don’t forget the Baking Soda
Numero uno. Baking soda might seem like a weird ingredient but it is crucial to toffee popcorn and caramel corn. So don’t forget to add the baking soda! Been there, done that MANY times! Baking soda will make the sugar molecules break up, which will help prevent them from crystallizing. The baking soda enables the caramel to have a soft, smooth texture that sticks to the popcorn and keeps it from getting tough. I usually pre-measure the baking soda and have the teaspoon sitting right next to the saucepan (along with the vanilla) so I don’t forget.
Remove the Popcorn Kernels
Don’t forget to remove the unpopped kernels, especially if you are giving the popcorn as gifts! After you have popped all of the corn, shake up the bowl and they will all fall to the bottom. Scoop up the good stuff with a large spoon or clean hands. You can also lay the popcorn on a cooling rack and use it as a sifter. The popcorn kernels will drop through and your popcorn will stay on the rack.
Keep Toffee Popcorn Fresh
To keep your popcorn fresh, store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Press out as much air as you can. The better the seal, the longer it will stay fresh. You should be able to store it at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks.
Why does Toffee or Caramel Popcorn have a Grainy Texture?
Crystallized caramel or the sandy, grainy appearance happens when the sugar crystals in the caramel stick together. This can happen when the melted sugar splatters up on the cool sides of the pan. The sugar compound loses its moisture and returns to sugar crystals.
To prevent this from happening, gently fold the mixture, and avoid splashing the caramel to help the sugar melt uniformly. If sugars do splash up on the pan, simply add more water to the mixture. Heat again, and the water will help the sugar crystals to dissolve again.
Ingredients in Toffee Popcorn
Baking Soda not pictured
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips
1. Put popcorn in roaster or on rimmed sheet pan
What kind of Popcorn should I use?
The choice of popcorn is totally up to you. Cook popcorn using your preferred method, whether it be stovetop or microwave popcorn. You cannot make a bad choice here, IMO. I choose a super-pure formula, white with no butter. It’s one healthy choice I can make amidst all of the sugar. Some people swear by full-on butter and salted theater popcorn which elevates the caramelly butter effect.
2. Place first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan
There are many opinions on the best way to make these delectable treats. Here are a variety of options to try after you have mastered this recipe.
Experiment with the Amount of Corn Syrup
Changing the amount of corn syrup will give you different results. This recipe makes a thinner sauce with greater “popcorn coverage” because it uses more corn syrup. It will also give you a lighter colored end product compared to most true caramel corns. To achieve a darker and thicker sauce consistency just use less corn syrup and/or cook longer. I use 1/2-3/4 cups of corn syrup for darker-colored caramel corn.
3. Boil for 5 minutes
Modify the Popcorn to Sauce Ratio
If you like complete and thorough toffee coverage, use less popcorn, but if you prefer more popcorn peeking out, use more popcorn. Easy-peasy! You can easily adjust the amount of popcorn to achieve your desired outcome.
4. Pour toffee mixture over popcorn
Vary the Bake Time
Choose your preferred baking times depending on your personal preference. If you like your Toffee Popcorn crispier, cook it longer, but if you prefer it chewier, cook for less time.
Adjust the Boiling Time
If you boil the caramel for a shorter period (say 2 minutes), your popcorn will be chewier. But if you boil it longer (for 5 minutes), it will be crisper.
5. Drizzle with semi-sweet & white chocolate
Caramel Popcorn Ideas and Mix-ins
Another amazing way to customize toffee popcorn is to add in more indulgent goodies. Here are some salty-sweet ideas to get you started! Experiment to see which you like best.
Honey roasted peanuts
Potato chips or
Chocolate covered potato chips
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And without further ado, below is the recipe!Print
Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle is sweet, chewy, and highly addictive. It also makes a lovely gift! ❤️
1 cup butter
1 cup of corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
popcorn, about 3 bags of microwave popcorn
one bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
one bag white chocolate chips
Pop your popcorn. Remove the unpopped kernels. Melt butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt over medium heat. Boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Mix well. Pour over popcorn and gently stir to coat. Put in 200° degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread onto parchment paper. Cool.
Melt half of a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle over popcorn with a spatula or fork. Repeat with white chocolate chips. Let dry for a couple of hours. Flip over and repeat with the remaining chocolate.
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I’m sure you will love this recipe as much as we do. Thanks, Suzi for sharing the love! ❤️
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