Happy Labor Day!
I, for one, am especially grateful for this holiday Monday. We hosted seven third-grade girls (and two six-year old little sisters) for a birthday slumber party on Saturday night. I think D and I were more tired than the girls and definitely needed an extra day to recover! (It so made me appreciate my parents for allowing my sister and I to have a crazy number of slumber – oxymoron if there ever was one – parties while we were growing up!)
I tried to keep it simple food-wise, so we ordered pizza, ordered cupcakes from Publix, and had an ice cream sundae bar with store-bought toppings. I did contribute a homemade bean dip that was good and this Butterscotch Popcorn that was waaayyyyy good!
I have recipes for caramel popcorn, but some of my caramel attempts have left me less than confident, so I opted to try this one that uses butterscotch morsels. This was a huge hit with the party-goers. And while D did like it too, his only comment was “Do you think they need more sugar?” Of course! That is what a slumber party is all about!
Yield: about 3 1/2 quarts
12 cups popped popcorn
1 (12-ounce) can cocktail peanuts
1 (12-ounce) package (2 cups) butterscotch-flavored morsels
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Place popcorn and nuts in a greased large roasting pan; set aside.
3. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine butterscotch morsels, corn syrup and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
4. Pour butterscotch mixture over popcorn and stir to coat well. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Remove from oven; stir every 10 minutes until slightly cooled. When cool, store in a tightly covered container.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, November 4, 1992