Saturday, April 14, 2012

Funfetti Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you think you should join the circus?

I am not sure what talent I could add to the Ringling Bros., but I am sure I would be better at the circus than I am at motherhood some days.

I will never get used to why boys think that bodily functions and boogers are so funny.  

What is up with that?  Some days I feel like I am living with animals. 

Just when I really think I am getting somewhere with my lectures on being polite and having some sense of social graces, my husband starts laughing and then we are back to square one.  

So in honor of the circus today, I am giving you my version of a carnival style popcorn.

I made mine without any milk ingredients so my String Beane could eat it.  Tweak the ingredients any way you want to make your circus animals happy.

1 Bag of microwave popcorn, popped
or 4-5 cups of pop corn, popped on the stove.
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Gharidelli since they do not contain milk)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine (I used Fleishmann's unsalted- milk free)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
A sprinkling of colored sprinkles, probably about 1/4 cup.

Pop popcorn and remove all of the unpopped kernels.  Spread the popcorn on a rimmed baking sheet.  
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the popcorn.
Place sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla in medium heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly with wooden spoon.  Continue cooking until the mixture reaches the hard-crack stage, stirring constantly. 
Remove from heat. 
 Add baking soda and mix well.
Immediately pour caramel mixture evenly over popped corn and candy until coated. 
 Do not stir. 
Sprinkle the popcorn with the colored sprinkles.
Let stand 30 minutes or until caramel has cooled and hardened.
Break it up into pieces and eat!
Store the leftovers in an airtight container.

Here is one more look at it

You would totally avoid the melted chocolate look if you used M&Ms.  But they contain milk so we can not use them.  I sort of like the chocolate streak look anyway.

I am linking up with Metamorphosis MondayAllergy Free Wednesday and these other


  1. This looks delicious!!! We make chocolate popcorn sometimes and marshmallow popcorn and Ann Kelly has even tried pizza popcorn! It is always a special treat on family movie night to use the mini popcorn maker.

  2. This popcorn looks great! We have made chocolate popcorn before, and that was yummy! This looks like a real treat for a special family time. Maybe I'll get around to making it this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks delicious! We currently live in South Korea, so sometimes sweet dishes are a bit difficult for me to prepare, always happy to find one that is a sure bet for this foreign land ;)

  4. What a great snack/treat for the little ones! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week ~EMM

  5. This sounds delicious. I'm going to have to try this soon. I'm sure it will be a hit around here!

  6. That looks delicious! so fun for the kiddos.:)

  7. Fun! Another great recipe for my Popcorn Pinboard. Love it! You should come over and share this at my Must Try Monday link party! I'd love to have ya!

  8. Yummy! My mouth is watering looking at the pictures! I'll be making this soon.

  9. I am definitely going to try this, it looks sinfully delish!

  10. This looks delicious. I am pinning it to My Recipes To Try :)

  11. This looks so yummy! One thing that my readers have been asking for are more recipes. I am having a linky party, and would love for you to join in!


  12. This sounds awesome! I love adding yummy things to popcorn. I need to try this! I would love for you to link up to my What I Learned Wednesday link party! Hope to see you there!

  13. YUM, I want some!! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at "Pin It & Win It Wednesday" at!

  14. Wow does that look fantastic. I cannot wait to make it. Come visit us. We have some terrific things going on this week.

  15. I had to see what circus popcorn was. I am glad I found out. YUM!! I would love for you to link this delicious recipe on my new linky party, Dare to Share. I want some popcorn now. :)


  16. Yummy! I may try with the chips AND m&m's:)

  17. Yum! This looks delicious! We love popcorn, and I love making it something fun and different sometimes. Can't wait to try this!

  18. Yum! I always want to run away and join the circus! :-P

  19. Looks really good! I want some now...and I'm still eating breakfast!!!

  20. I love popcorn too.

    Visiting from At the Picket Fence Linky Party, hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  21. Hi Mamie,
    This is a great snack, that we will really enjoy! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. YUM! I love popcorn and adding delicious things only ever makes it better.:)

  23. AMAZING! This would disappear so quickly in my house...mostly by me. :)

  24. Looks delicious! Boys are gross. I don't think they ever grow out of it. My son wanted to choose some candy at the store the other day. I let him... he picked a plastic toilet filled with pixie stick-like power. It came with a lollipop plunger. Ewwww!

  25. Oh YUM!! The sprinkles are a fun touch. I am going to try this out! :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  26. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us last week on AFW! Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

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