On our trip through Wisconsin this last week we stopped at an outlet mall and I went in a Harry and David store. They had bags upon bags of this amazing looking chocolate and caramel popcorn. However, I was not going to pay $7 a bag for something I could easily make at home! So here is my substitute:)
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What you need:
1 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. unpopped popcorn kernels
1 c. brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick butter
2 c. chocolate chips
1/8 c. shortening
Air pop the popcorn in an air popper machine or a microwaveable popcorn bowl like I did. Then put the popped corn in a bowl and throw away any unpopped kernels.
In a saucepan, mix together the butter, sugars, and condensed milk. Stir consistently so it doesn't burn. When it starts to boil let it boil for one minute.
In the meantime, start melting the chocolate chips. I used half white(ok well green and red from last years clearance but still white chocolate!) and half milk chocolate. If you wanted to get creative you could add different flavors to the chocolate. I thought about adding cappuccino mix or an extract like vanilla.
Coat half the popcorn with the caramel mixture and then coat the other half of the mixture with chocolate. Try and coat as evenly as possible. Lay out on wax paper and let dry.
Then you can bag it up in any kind of packaging or you can just eat it!