08 Dec Special of the Day~ Gourmet Gift from the Kitchen: Salted Caramel Cashew Corn
Sweeten the hectic hub-bub of the holidays by scheduling a well-deserved break in the action for yourself to stay home and whip up a batch of Salted Caramel Cashew Corn, a marvelous mingling of soft cashew brittle and salted caramel corn. This just may become your go-to gourmet gift from the kitchen this season.
Step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions make it super simple to make.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Pop the corn.
- Simmer up the salted caramel sauce to pour over popped corn.
- Bake and stir (repeat).
Beautifully bagged and perfectly paired with a bottle of bubbly, this week’s Special of the Day~ Gourmet Gift from the Kitchen: Salted Caramel Cashew Corn will bring a smile to almost everyone on your list this year. Happy gourmet gifting!
Salted Caramel Cashew Corn
Recipe by Sydne George
(makes an 11 by 18 inch pan)
1 bag microwave popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup cashew pieces
Pop the microwave popcorn, according to package instructions.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Heat butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup and salt in a heavy medium saucepan over medium high heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla, stirring to incorporate.
Pour salted caramel syrup over popped corn in large mixing bowl.
Stir to distribute.
Spread onto large rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once every 15 minutes, for a total of 45 minutes to distribute Salted Caramel Syrup.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with cashews, stir, and spread out on parchment paper and let cool.
Break into bite-sized clusters.
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at email@example.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at https://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.