Caramel Apple Monster Munch


Posted: October 15

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

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Here's a dessert brimming with autumn energy that's sure to satisfy! Caramel Apple Monster Munch is filled with buttery popcorn, crunchy apple crisps, and topped with sweet caramel! This delightful dish is a snap to make in under 30 minutes. Caramel Apple Monster Crunch is a harvest bounty of fall flavors ideal for an afternoon snack or a delicious dessert.


Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels • 1 cup cocktail peanuts, salted • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups red and/or green apple chips Special equipment: • 1 candy thermometer

Directions

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat until simmering.

Step 2

Add in the popcorn kernels, then immediately cover with the lid.

Step 3

Constantly shake the pot for 1 minute, holding the lid on with a heat-proof holder, until the popping starts.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to medium and continue shaking the pot until the popping slows to only one or two pops per 5 seconds, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the pot from the heat and let it stand, covered, for 1 minute to allow any last kernels to pop.

Step 6

Grease a large bowl and the head of a rubber heatproof spatula with nonstick cooking spray. Keep the spatula near the bowl.

Step 7

Place the popcorn in the bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.

Step 8

Add in the peanuts. Set the mixture aside.

Step 9

Combine the butter, brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat.

Step 10

Cook, stirring until everything is melted and the edges of the mixture begin to bubble.

Step 11

Clip a candy thermometer to the pan, with the bottom of the thermometer resting in the sugar syrup but not touching the bottom of the pan.

Step 12

Boil, stirring until the thermometer registers 300 degrees F, about 8 minutes.

Step 13

Turn the burner off and add in the vanilla.

Step 14

Briefly stir for 5 seconds, being cautious not to burn yourself as the mixture bubbles.

Step 15

Immediately pour the caramel evenly over the popcorn, quickly stirring with the prepared rubber spatula until the pieces are mostly all separated, about 3 minutes. Pull apart any large clumps, being cautious of the hot caramel.

Step 16

Stir in the apple chips.

Step 17

Serve!


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