Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Coconut and Almonds

cinnamon caramel corn with coconut and almondsI knew I wanted to jazz up my favorite caramel corn recipe, to make an extra special treat for the weekend. So I picked up a few Valentine’s Day themed goodies to mix in and drizzle over it, adding pretty red and pink fun. But then, at the very last minute, I ditched the whole concept. I put the holiday candies and sprinkles away and pulled out cinnamon, coconut, and almonds. Because that’s what I was reeeeeeeeeally craving.

Sometimes when a plan falls through, it’s just meant to be.

This Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Coconut and Almonds is true testimony.

It’s flavored beautifully with the added warmth of cinnamon. And the yummy tidbits of shredded coconut and sliced almonds, all sweet and crunchy from being baked with a coating of caramel, is undeniably wonderful. This batch of caramel popcorn was just the perfect “Plan B” to my jazzed up caramel corn plan.

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If you’re looking to gift a sweet homemade treat to someone special for Valentine’s Day, this caramel popcorn would be an excellent choice. Bag it, tie it up with a pretty red ribbon, and add a Valentine’s Day sentiment…really, what could be sweeter?!

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And here’s that jazzed up caramel corn recipe for you!

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Coconut and Almonds

Yield: 6 qts. caramel corn

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 qts. popped corn, from 1 c. unpopped corn (I like to use white pop corn – I think it’s prettier!)
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon extract, optional (if you want a more pronounced cinnamon flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 c. sliced almonds

Preparation

Preheat oven to 250°.

Spread freshly popped corn in two large, shallow sheet pans with sides. Place in the oven to keep warm and crisp.

Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Place on medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue to boil to the firm ball stage (248°).

Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and the optional cinnamon extract. I like the very natural cinnamon flavor attained from only using the ground cinnamon, but do as you want. Then stir in baking soda. Syrup will foam.

Take popped corn from oven and sprinkle evenly with coconut and almonds. Pour hot caramel mixture over popcorn, in a fine stream. Stir to mix well. Return to oven for 45 minutes, stirring and scraping up caramel from pan bottom every 15 minutes. Cool and serve or store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Source

Adapted from my favorite caramel corn recipe.

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23 Responses to “Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Coconut and Almonds”

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

    LOVE this combination of flavors! Also I have a weakness for caramel corn, so, yeah… pinning and making ASAP!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ooh yumyumyum! I love popcorn!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

    What a fun and tantalizing recipe! I think I would have to make two batches–one just for myself.

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    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa — January 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This sounds amazing, Brenda!!! Agreed, this was definitely meant to be (:

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Love the coconut in this!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I just love coconut, what a great addition!

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    Amanda — January 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    What a fun recipe!! I love a great caramel corn… and this is such a fun variation!

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    Paula — January 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    That simple and cute ribbon is all that this lovely little treat needed to finish it off perfectly.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Your caramel corn sounds so delicious, I love the flavors!

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    Donna — January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Just like that awesome granola I made at Christmas, this is a must try! Pinned it! :-)

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    So loving this!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Such a great treat and I love the idea of homemade gifts for Valentine’s Day!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Love that you added coconut!

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    Megan @ Country Cleaver — January 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    The coconut addition sounds great! And why lie almonds, too!

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    Angie — January 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    What a great treat! I know my family would love this!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

    What a fun twist on caramel popcorn.

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    Marly — January 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I could eat popcorn every day. Oh wait! I think I do! Would love to try this one – thanks for the inspiration!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Perfect combination of flavors in this popcorn mix! I think hubby’s going to like getting a bag of this for Valentine’s Day :-)

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    ashley - baker by nature — January 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    This popcorn looks perfect! Totally jazzing my next batch up like this.

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    marla — February 1, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — February 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I have so many great memories of caramel corn at Christmas growing up – I love this version!

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