Christmas Crafts- Homemade Treats

Each year, I really struggle with what to do for my workplace gifts (and Ross’s). I want to give something most will enjoy, not just throw away when I’m not looking (not that I’ve ever done that myself, cough* cough*). Together, we have almost 50 people to cover, and because we are both food people, homemade treats are our go-to.

This year, caramel corn was calling my name. It’s relatively easy, and it stores well for a few days to allow for delivery. Last year, I did English Toffee, and while I loved the process, I won’t be doing that again for so many. Too much work and mess and not enough final product. I made the first batch back in September for Ross and I to try, and I knew it would be a contender.


I used this recipe from the Kitchn (one of my FAV online recipe and technique references). I only modified the recipe in one way- I added two extra tablespoons of canola oil to the pan for a total of 3 Tbs to 1/2 cup unpopped kernels. I make regular popcorn using this ratio and have great success, so I didn’t want to mess with a good thing.

Making caramel corn is a two step process: the popcorn, then the caramel (duh captain obvious).

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I’m slightly enamored with candy making right now, and caramel is the most basic form of candy making. I love this part.

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It smells just like it looks. Buttery brown sugar. mmmmmmmm.

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It goes from oily (almost watery) to thick. It starts to chase itself and pull away from the sides around the pan when you stir.

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After it sasses you a bit when you add the vanilla, baking soda, and salt (I like lots of salt), it goes smooth and glossy. Now the fun begins:

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Everything is sticky at this point.



Bake for an hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Put in cute bags and VOILA! (sorry for VOILA, can’t help it)


This is a cute, and delicious way to give a holiday treat. If someone wants to throw it away when I turn my back, I know they are missing out!

Full disclosure- this recipe uses a TON of bowls and generates a lot of washing up.


Happy holidays from the Hughes house to you!

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