Carol Hurst from the Olde Towne Spice Shoppe in Historic St. Charles showed Fox 2's Randi Naughton great ideas for baseball playoff snacks at home.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Caramel Popcorn
Everyone knows that baseball isn't complete without this caramel popcorn and peanut treat! It’s easy to make at home, take to a little league game, or watch the World Series!
4 qts of popped popcorn (you can use plain microwave popcorn= 1.3 bags)
1 cup of shelled peanuts (preferably redskins, with the red outer skin on them)
½ stick of butter (can be salted or unsalted), melted
1 cup of lightly packed light brown sugar
½ cup of light corn syrup
2 tbl molasses
¼ tsp salt (I use fine ground sea salt)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees and spray two baking sheets with baking spray (or line with parchment). Set aside.
Mix the popped corn and peanuts in a large bowl. Take all of the remaining ingredients and place them in a saucepan on medium heat. Heat/stir for approximately 3-5 minutes, until its boiling and frothy, and a cooking thermometer (I use a digital stick thermometer) comes to 250 degrees. Pour a thin stream of the caramel syrup over the bowl of popcorn and nuts while stirring the popcorn with a silicon spatula or buttered spoon until all incorporated. Be careful, it will be hot and sticky.
Pour the covered popcorn/peanuts on to two baking sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning with the spatula several times while baking- this ensures that the caramel melts in to the popcorn crevices.
Remove the pans from the oven and let cool. Serve.
While I find it doubtful that you will have any left over, if you do…you will want to store it in an airtight container. Enjoy!
The Olde Towne Spice Shoppe is located at 334 Main Street in St. Charles.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.oldtownspices.com/