I’m taking a break from my Blizzards and Baking posts to share with you a quick idea for your Valentine(s)!
My friend, Madalyn, and I made fun Valentine treats for a few special friends.It’s an easy treat to make and you can do it in a few hours!
We decided on caramel corn because I really wanted to try a recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen. You can find the recipe here, which I tweaked just a little bit. I didn’t like the idea of making it spicy. I like the sweet and salty combination but not spicy.
Making the caramel corn was a simple process, at least on the second try. When making the caramel, you really have to watch the syrup and be sure not to overcook it. The first batch turned an odd orange color and tasted burnt so we had to redo it. Pull it off just before you think you should. That was the perfect amount of time.
When the caramel is ready, you need to pour it on the popcorn very quickly and toss with greased spatulas. It is an easy step that you have to do really quickly.
Dump it on a pan and let it cool – this step is very difficult. The reason it’s so hard is because it’s so yummy! You just want to eat it all right away! It smells like the boardwalk at the beach. It’s pretty much amazing.
But I digress… we packaged these up for our friends and decorated with cute hearts and extra love.
We added some Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to the packages because it’s not Valentine’s without some chocolate!