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 • nonstick cooking spray • 1 cup salted cocktail peanuts • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups red and/or green apple chips Special equipment: • candy thermometer

Directions

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat until simmering. Add in the popcorn kernels, then immediately cover with the lid.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Place the popcorn in the bowl and remove any unpopped kernels. Add in the peanuts. Set aside.

Step 7

Combine the butter, brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring until melted and the edges of the mixture begin to bubble.

Step 8

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 9

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

Step 10

Turn the burner off and add in the vanilla. Briefly stir for 5 seconds, being cautious not to burn yourself as the mixture bubbles.

Step 11

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

Step 12

Finally, stir in the apple chips. Serve.


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