We had a CRAZY busy weekend this weekend. Friday was MDP’s 40th birthday. The skids came over and we took him to our new favorite place to eat and inhaled food (I had the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger which may sound gross to you but is totally awesome). Then we were off to hockey to burn that burger off. 🙂
Saturday was of course Groundhog’s Day which if you are a long time follower of this blog you know it’s my favorite holiday of all time. So I got my well wishes and had my traditional sprinkle donut and Chinese food. We also very excitingly got to run errands and took in 9 year old basketball.
Sunday while everyone else was getting excited about football we went and played an hour and 45 minutes of pick up hockey and then off to a Super Bowl Party. I didn’t spend any time watching the game. I mostly chatted people’s ears off especially the guy who was named after Star Wars! His sister too. That is so what would have happened to my kids. He couldn’t dispute my genuine excitement for his name as I was wearing an Empire Strikes Back t-shirt. 😛
Since it was MDP’s birthday all the food (well all the sweet food) I made for Super Bowl had a birthday theme. And so came along Birthday Cake Caramel Corn. It’s addictive and bad for you and I didn’t care because I had skated a bazillion calories away at hockey. It’s today when I have no hockey that it sticks to my hips. 😀 Oh well
Isn’t my Groundhog Day card cute? The skids got me that. 🙂
Birthday Cake Caramel Corn
16 cups popped popcorn (unsalted)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups brown sugar
½ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup (if can’t find use corn syrup)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup cake batter mix (I used Funfetti)
Preheat oven to 250F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl (the largest heat safe bowl you have in the house) put popcorn in it. Set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter, sugars, golden syrup, lemon juice and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter and sugars melt together.
Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil gently until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage (300F on a candy thermometer) 6-9 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and the baking soda. They syrup with bubbles and foam with the baking soda is added, simply stir until it subsides. Then add in the cake batter mix.
Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn mixture and stir with a large wooden spoon until a caramel glaze completely coat all the popped corn and then add some sprinkles (however many you want)and mix until all the popcorn is covered.
Divide the caramel corn between the prepared baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir and flip (I use a heat proof spatula) the caramel corn. Bake for another 20 minutes. Do the same again.
Let caramel corn cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container for up to a week.
Adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth
For added cake batter flavor you can pipe on 1/2 cup white chocolate (melted) mixed with 1/4 cup cake batter. Then add more sprinkles.
Lisa S. says
Ohhhhh I love birthday cake/cake batter anything!
I would never have thought to put sprinkles ( cake batter mix!) on popcorn. But it shouldn’t surprise me that you did! Very fun and festive.
I’ve never heard of Groundhog Day being a favorite holiday before, love it.
I hope MDP had a happy birthday! You certainly spoiled him. I wonder if I couldn’t mix caramel into sweet corn ice cream, then put a funfetti swirl through it, and toss some of this popcorn into it. Yum, I think I need to try that! 🙂
Naming people after Star Wars FTW. People should all name their kids after what they’re nerds for. 😀 And I have to beg you to please, please tell me whence this Peanut Butter Bacon Burger came. I know my oldest brother would love one so much.
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
What an awesome caramel corn! And my nephew was named after Luke Skywalker… and my sister in law’s recently deceased grandmother Lucy.
Becca - Cookie Jar Treats says
Oh by this looks really good 🙂
Happy Belated Groundhog’s Day!
Heather at Kitchen Concoctions says
Hummm! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger? I think you should totally recreate that! Oh and I knew a guy who named his son and daughter from Star Wars… betcha can’t guess what their names were!?! ; )
Oh and you can never go wrong with cake batter ANY thing in my book!
Woman you are a genius! I love you!!!
Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction says
Wow this would make a great snack! Caramel popcorn alone is delicious, I can’t imagine how good this must taste.
While visiting our son in San Diego, we went to Slaters 50/50 (actually in Point Loma). I ordered the peanut butter and jelly bacon burger, which they said was one of the best sellers. It was awesome! It sounds strange but was really tasty. Your birthday cake caramel corn looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for so many tasty treat ideas.