Don't you just love salty and sweet in the same bite? This recipe is an oldie-but-goodie that first came to me from my aunt. She didn't make it salty, she used the microwave rather the stovetop and oven, and she used corn syrup. I think she'll approve of the few changes I made to create Salted Caramel Cashew Corn.
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Easy Homemade Popcorn
You can buy microwave popcorn and even already popped popcorn! But look at the bottom of the recipe card below for instructions to make your own popcorn at home. Really, it couldn't be more simple, takes about as much time as putting a bag in the microwave, and it's so much healthier for you than microwave popcorn!
The caramel is butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla all boiled till caramel results.
Oh my ... just look at that Salted Caramel Cashew Corn goodness. Put it in the oven for about an hour at 250F.
Let it cool before serving, storing, or wrapping for gifts.
Ideas for serving Salted Caramel Cashew Corn:
- Birthday parties - both for party food and party favors!
- Snacks for trips
- Neighbors' Gifts at the holidays
- Super Bowl Party
- July 4th Potluck
- You get the idea ... any and everything!
Other Snack Ideas You Might Like:
Salted Caramel Cashew Corn
- 4½ cups Chex-type cereal corn, rice, or combination
- 4 cups popped corn see notes
- ½ cup cashew halves
For the Caramel
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons flakey salt or to your taste
- Heat oven to 250°F.
- Mix the Chex, popcorn, and cashews in a large bowl.
For the Caramel
- Put the butter, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the baking soda, and pour over the cereal mixture. Stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until evenly coated
- Spread the Salted Caramel Cashew Corn on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for one hour, stirring occasionally.
- Let cool, then store in a large glass container, or package it for gifts.