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Food Lover Friday: Old Fashioned Carmel Corn in Fourth of July Paper Cones

Fourth of July Caramel Corn What makes this caramel corn recipe extra special is the adorable vintage packaging. The recipe is old fashioned tasty like Crackers Jacks, and will be a hit with your guests. I love putting my popcorn or caramel corn into pretty paper cones for any party and event. These cones make a serving easy to hold and is fun for the kids too. It seems this is the first thing the kids like to reach for when they see them on the food table. The cones for your Fourth of July party are set and ready to go with three kinds of printable vintage papers and star stickers as well as the vintage caramel corn sign. Just print the patterns onto 8.5×11 inch paper and trim the edges with pinking sheers. The round stickers can be printed onto a full sheet label paper and trimmed or punched with a 1.5 inch circle punch. Roll the paper into a cone and use the round stickers to hold it in place. Fill your cones with freshly made and cooled caramel cone and you are ready to serve this festive treat. You can see this whole Vintage Fourth of July party inspiration in this post and purchase the complete party kit in my Etsy shop. For the free printable popcorn cone paper, labels and food tag, click the button at the end of this post under the recipe. Enjoy! ~ Lia

Vintage Fourth of July Party

Old Fashioned Caramel Corn
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use coconut oil which is very light and tasty)
  2. 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (I use blue corn that is non-GMO)
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  5. 2 tablespoons molasses
  6. 2 teaspoons roasted peanut oil (or coconut oil)
  7. Kosher salt
  8. (optional) 1/2 cup raw peanuts
Instructions
  1. Put the oil and popcorn kernels in a large pot. Cover with lid. Heat over medium-high heat, moving/shaking the pot over the burner until there are several seconds between pops. Pour the popcorn to a large bowl.
  2. Wipe out the pot to remove extra popcorn shells and oil. Add the sugar, corn syrup, molasses, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the optional peanuts. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until a candy thermometer registers 290 degrees F or soft crack, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the popcorn until coated. Transfer the caramel corn to the oiled baking sheet and let cool, then break into small pieces and fill your prepared popcorn cones.
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  1. Dear Lia,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and had yet to leave a comment.

    Your designs are brilliant and have already given me so much joy re-creating, re-purposing (e.g. green straws instead of wires on your gorgeous paper flowers to make them proof for decorating cupcakes, your fabulous gift wrap for owl gift bags), and marvelling at. And now you’ve inspired me to re-purpose my grandparent’s wicker bottle carrier (those were quite the classy party accessory over here in Germany in the 1960s) and scout for more in thrift stores stores for “snack bars” at garden parties. I’ll probably line the cones with white greaseproof paper / sandwich wrap paper. :) (Do I sound thrilled? ‘Cause I am.) Thank you so much as well for the caramel popcorn recipe; I tried it out right away and it was a huge hit with my family.

    Thank you ever so much for sharing your ideas and please do keep them coming.

    Best regards from Germany,
    Sarah

  2. I so love this vintage party – those colors and pictures are just perfect! Thanks so much for being such a wonderful inspiration!

  3. Perfectly wonderful idea for my son’s 3rd birthday party….he’s a July baby!

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