Caramel Corn w/ Salted Dark Chocolate Cashew Clusters

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Caramel is an essential staple in my family’s home during the Holidays. My mom has to make countless batches of this stuff just to keep up with demand! And even though most caramel corn recipes can be a bit tricky and time consuming, this one is so simple and finished in the microwave!

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Today is the first day to what I’m going to call “12 Days of Christmas Treats” (because who really wants a partridge in a pear tree anyways?) I will be posting a sweet Holiday treat every single day until Christmas Eve. I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this challenge… but my family make so many treats every year, so I have plenty to choose from.IMG_7391I wish I could say how tasty this caramel corn is, but everyone else ate it ALL before I could even snag a sample. No joke.

My mom makes a million different treats around Christmas, but caramel corn is ALWAYS one of them. I don’t even think I can say my dad eats it by the handful, because he uses both hands. When people eat this stuff, they kind of replicate a wild animal that hasn’t eaten in weeks. It just has that effect on people I guess.

IMG_7399I’m the kind of person that digs through the whole batch of caramel, just to pick out and eat all the ones that are coated the most in caramel. Anyone else have this problem?! That’s why I halved the amount of popcorn that my mom’s recipe calls for, so no more digging around! Each piece is thoroughly saturated in crispy caramel! I guess there’s more to me than good looks after all.

IMG_7401 IMG_7404I had made this a few weeks ago to add to some goody bags for my son’s birthday party (see HERE), and even though the sign said please take one, I’m pretty sure everyone took at least two. One of the guests even said, “wait, you made this?!” That’s how awesome this stuff looks! It looks like the fancy, expensive caramel corn you can buy in those pretty worthless decorative tins, except you can take all the credit for it!

IMG_7405 IMG_7412Be sure to check back tomorrow to see another Christmas treat!

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Caramel is an essential staple in my family's home during the Holidays. My mom has to make countless batches of this stuff just to keep up with demand! And even though most caramel corn recipes can be a bit tricky and time consuming, this one is so simple and finished in the microwave!
Caramel Corn w/ Salted Dark Chocolate Cashew Clusters
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  1. Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, and kosher salt into a large saucepan (the caramel will bubble up, so make sure you use a pan that is much larger than you think you'll need). Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  2. Pour the popcorn, cashews, and caramel into a large brown paper bag, and stir with a wooden spoon until evenly coated. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir the popcorn mixture and microwave for an additional 1 1/2 minutes. Stir and pour onto a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper until hard.
  3. When the caramel corn has hardened, pour the dark chocolate into a bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Break caramel corn into bite size pieces and dip into the chocolate. Use a fork to fish out the pieces. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to shake off any excess chocolate, and place the clusters onto waxed paper or parchment. Sprinkle with sea salt and repeat until all the chocolate is gone. Let set until hardened. Combine the chocolate clusters with the rest of the caramel corn.
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