Anyone that has been to the movie theatre with me has tasted popcorn and red licorice together and has appreciated the flavours as much as I have! I am definitely a candy novice, but this recipe is so easy and the results are fantastic! My guy and I have worked together to perfect this recipe and have given it for gifts to all our friends and family this year! Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Measure baking soda and vanilla extract into separate small bowls; set aside.

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  • Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan; add popcorn, cover, and cook, shaking often, until fully popped, about 5 minutes. Transfer popcorn to a large roasting pan using a strainer or your hands, leaving unpopped kernels in the saucepan. Distribute chopped licorice and broken pretzels evenly over popcorn.

  • Bring the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and cream of tartar to a boil in a heavy pot, stirring constantly. Place a candy thermometer into the caramel mixture, and continue boiling, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 265 degrees F (129 degrees C), about 10 minutes.

  • Remove caramel from heat. Stir vanilla and baking soda into the caramel; it will foam and rise slightly. Pour hot caramel over popcorn mixture, stirring gently to coat evenly. Spread the popcorn mixture loosely onto the prepared baking sheets. Season to taste with sea salt; set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.

  • Break popcorn mixture into chunks. Store in airtight bags or containers.

Cook's Note:

I packaged 6 gift bags (230 grams or about 5 cups each) with some left over for sampling!

Editor's Note:

You may want to pop the popcorn in batches. 1/4 cup unpopped kernels yields about 2 quarts of popped popcorn.

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 38.8g 13% DV; fat 12.5g 19% DV; cholesterol 30.5mg 10% DV; sodium 249.2mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2014
So simple and fun to make... and VERY tasty!! Hard to stop eating!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2014
Interesting! I didn't have a candy thermometer so I had to wing it w/the caramel. While mine didn't look/coat the best it tasted good. The licorice and pretzels add an interesting twist to the usual caramel corn though I can't decide how I feel about the Twizz; it varies from bite to bite... THANKS for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2014
Amazingly easy and OMG goooood!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2014
Interesting! I didn't have a candy thermometer so I had to wing it w/the caramel. While mine didn't look/coat the best it tasted good. The licorice and pretzels add an interesting twist to the usual caramel corn though I can't decide how I feel about the Twizz; it varies from bite to bite... THANKS for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2014
So simple and fun to make... and VERY tasty!! Hard to stop eating!! Read More
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