Baked Caramel Popcorn

This is very very addicting--hence my husband is requesting I make another batch as soon as we run out! You can use less popcorn if you want a more heavily coated popcorn...and you can also add extra things like nuts, drizzle with chocolate after baking etc. This is a PERFECT gift for friends and family. They'll love it!

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 TBS maple syrup (optional)

6-8 quarts popped popcorn (24-30 cups)

-Preheat oven to 250. Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

-In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

-Spread out onto 2 11x17 cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven, 45-50minutes (stirring 1/2 way through). Cool then breaking into pieces. For chewier popcorn bake only 25 minutes.

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