Before Josh got married he really hated these, in spite of the fact that they are delicious. They reminded him of packing peanuts (Styrofoam). But we continued to make them year after year. Last year when he was here with his family, for Christmas, we made them again. Everybody loved them (especially Sarah, Elijah and Sam). He tried them again and he too was hooked. I guess we all learn a multitude of good things from our spouses and children.
There is not a single thing in these that is good for you. I guess that's why they taste so good and are so hard to resist. They are like eating caramel covered air. Like eating caramel popcorn without the hulls getting stuck in your teeth. They are made form the imitation popcorn. I think it is made from corn starch. The stuff isn't that great until you cover it with buttery caramel. But then be prepared to eat it non stop til it's gone.
Elijah and Sam are here visiting us for a few days, so I think I'll make some tonight.
Elijah calls it Caramel Popcorn Foam
Caramel Corn Pop
1 lb. Butter
2 cups sugar
1 heaping Tablespoon dark Karo Syrup
1 20 oz. Pkg. “Barrel O’Fun” Corn pops Snacks
Mix first four ingredients in heavy pan. Cook on high to boiling. Then start timing. Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly, Mixture will smoke slightly and pull away from sides of pan. It should be a light caramel color. DO NOT OVER COOK!
Place corn pops in a large pan, pour mixture in and stir. Spread in a single layer on waxed paper to cool.