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
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.
Constantly shake the pot for 1 minute, holding the lid on with a heatproof holder, until the popping starts.
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.
Remove the pot from heat and let it stand, covered, for 1 additional minute to allow any last kernels to pop.
Grease a large bowl and the head of a rubber heatproof spatula with the nonstick cooking spray. Keep the spatula near the bowl.
Place the popcorn in the bowl and remove any unpopped kernels. Add in the peanuts. Set aside.
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.
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.
Boil, stirring for 8 minutes, or until the thermometer registers 300 degrees F.
Turn the burner off and add in the vanilla. Briefly stir for 5 seconds, being cautious not to burn yourself as the mixture bubbles.
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.
Finally, stir in the apple chips. Serve.
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