This is another recipe Allan got when he worked at the Church Office Building. I really like this recipe because most of the mess just gets wrapped up and thrown away. All you have to wash is the pan you cook the caramel in and the spoon. Just make sure you use brand new, unused paper grocery bags. We make these every year for the Festival of Trees.
1 1/2 - 2 gallons popped popcorn (8 oz. unpopped)
1 large double strength paper grocery bag
1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 Tbsp. water
Pinch of baking soda
Place popped corn in the bottom of the bag. Bag shou be 1/4 - 1/3 full. Roll down edges of bag to inside, about 1 - 1 1/2 inches.
Melt butter in saucepan. Add corn syrup, then brown sugar and water. Mix and place on medium heat. Stir constantly; bring to a hard boil. Add pinch of baking soda, stir in thoroughly. Remove immediately from heat and pour caramel sauce over the popped corn while another ADULT person is shaking the bag (be careful not to pour the caramel on the other ADULT persons hands)! Close the bag at the top and keep shaking it. Then knead the bag with both hands. Form the caramel corn into balls by just using water on your hands, not butter. Throw the messy bag away.