I found a really good recipe for caramel corn, and made it with the kids last night.
Making the caramel
Popping the popcorn
The finished product
Here's the recipe we used. It's Paula Deen's recipe with a few changes that I made.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
8 cups popped popcorn
Preheat oven to 200* F.
Pop popcorn and set aside
Over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and vanilla.
Place popcorn in a large bowl, pour hot caramel over popcorn and stir well. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper and lightly spray with oil.
Spread coated popcorn out on the baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
Break up and let dry for 10-15 min.
(Note: A heaping 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels makes 7-8 cups in my air popper. Also, If you like your caramel corn hot and very chewy, do not bake in the oven. Enjoy immediately.)
This is where I got the original recipe: Food Network: Paula Deen's Caramel Corn