Here is the problem with popcorn. There is no simple way of measuring how much you have eaten.
For example, on the rare occasion when we go to Target and buy the Archer Farms English Toffee Caramel Corn (ok, fine, we buy it a lot), it always seems to magically disappear.
One minute, we're proudly standing in front of the unopened canister patting our will power on the back and the next minute it's gone!
We wake up in a haze and find container tipped over and tell-tale popcorn bits stuck to our mouth and hands and...what happened? Where are we? Where is the popcorn? Who's there?
Popcorn and candy corn, you see muffins, is not like, say, cake, where you can have one slice. Or one truffle. Or a cupcake. Or a scoop of ice cream. Or three scoops of ice cream. Or 10 cookies. There isn't really any way to measure how much you've eaten.
Someone offers you some candy corn and you're all "but of course, I would love to have SOME." Some? What is some? How much is some? A few bites?
For us, apparently, some is A LOT.
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English Toffee Candy Corn
Makes a lot
5-6 quarts of air-popped popcorn (or 2 3.5 ounce bags of plain microwave popcorn)
1-ish cups of raw, whole almonds (or any kind of nut you wish)
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 chopped toffee candy bars (such as Heath or Skor bars), chopped
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have your popped popcorn at the ready in a very large metal or glass bowl. We used two medium metal bowls. Also, if you are using microwave popcorn (which we did...who needs to go and buy a fancy air popper) sift through to get all the unpopped kernals out before mixing. Add the nuts and the chopped candy bars.
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Once melted, allow the mixture to come to a boil without stirring until it reaches 250 degrees on a candy thermometer (about the firm ball stage). Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda and vanilla extract. The mixture will foam a bit and turn a creamier color. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and nut bowl and mix quickly to coat the popcorn in the delicious caramel. The heat will melt some of the candy bar pieces but leave some intact. Yum!
Place the entire mixture in a large nonstick roasting pan (like the one you use for making chicken and turkey) and bake in the low-heat oven for one hour, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula.
Allow to cool and try to only eat some.