I recently hosted a Madagascar viewing party and the hit of the party was my famous homemade caramel, chocolate "Zebra" popcorn. Though I've posted the recipe before, I wanted to post it again for all of my fellow Claritin Mom Crew friends.
1 pound pkg. or 2 cups packed brown sugar
1 Cup light corn syrup
1 square butter or margarine (I use real butter)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 gallons popped corn (the large yellow kernels work the best)
Combine sugar, syrup and cook stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Add butter and continue cooking until butter melts and mixture boils. Add condensed milk and bring to boil again, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until soft ball stage (240 degrees F). Pour over popped corn and mix evenly. If using chocolate, spread on two large cookie sheets. Cool
Optional Yummy Add On
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips.
1/2-3/4 cup coconut flakes.
Sprinkle popcorn with coconut flakes as much or little as you like.
Melt a half bag of milk chocolate chips in microwave. I like to set it for 30 seconds at a time and stir so the chocolate doesn't burn. Repeat until chocolate is melted.
Drizzle all of the chocolate over one cookie sheet of popcorn and repeat for the other sheet.
Melt the semi-sweet chips the same and use 1/4 bag on each cookie sheet. If you have trouble with the chocolate, you can also melt over a double broiler or add a little vegetable oil to the semi-sweet chocolate for smoother melting.
You can omit any of the above items or add white chocolate as well. My photo shows the coconut, milk and semi-sweet chocolate.