Corn Pops: Caramel popcorn alternative. Corn Pops are buttery, sweet, and crunchy treats that are a family tradition at our house, and they are addicting-ly delicious. They start with corn puffs, and are topped with a sweet sauce, making them as fun as caramel popcorn, without the annoying kernels.
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Corn Pop treats are amazingly delicious, but somewhat hard to describe. I’m not going to lie here, I have really struggled writing this post, as I had no idea how to describe the tastiness of corn puffs that we turn into corn pop treats. They are kind of cross between a caramel popcorn, and a cheetoh, minus the cheese flavoring and pesky kernels. See what I mean, hard to explain! But when it comes to delicious snack food that you won’t be able to stop eating, this is the bomb. Bomb diggity. Bomb.com.
Have I dated myself enough with my early 2000’s pop culture slang yet? Well if you are hanging with me, keep reading, because you are in for a really tasty, fun, and easy to make treat.
I mean look at that deliciousness! I know you want some!
Do you guys know what corn puffs are? I grew up eating them, and am not sure if they are available everywhere. They are Clover Club brand, or Barrel O Fun, you can find them on AMAZON HERE. They come in a big bag like a bag of popcorn and are often close to the cereal aisle.They are basically the consistency of a cheese puff, but without the cheese flavoring.
Anyway, corn pops are buttery, and salty, and the ultimate junk snack food. And when you top them with a sweet caramel like syrup and eat them like caramel popcorn, you sink into that happy blissful warmth that feels like a hug from your grandma. You know of which I speak, the kind of bliss you only get by eating something devoid of nutrition but chock full of delicious flavor.
Did I mention these are ridiculously easy to make too? I buy the puff things, then make a fun caramel-ly syrup coating. It is not a caramel flavor, because it uses white granulated sugar, not brown, but it has the same consistency, and is just special. It takes 10 minutes, tops, to make. And then you snack away.
As a kid we would always make these during the holidays, and I loved picking the gooey, caramel like syrup off the bottom of my bowl when all the corn puffs were long gone. We would package them up cellophane treat bag and deliver them to neighbors, who never failed to later ask my mom for the recipe.
There is a recipe on the bag of corn puffs that is more caramel like, but it is more complicated. And not nearly as good as this version. So, let’s get to that recipe… In just 10 minutes you can be in sugary, buttery, salty, crunchy, empty-calorie blissdom!
Corn Pop Tips
- These make great holiday neighbor gifts! My kids love to fill cellophane treat bags with Caramel Corn Pops and take them to homes in our neighborhood.
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup Karo Syrup Light
- 15 ounces Corn Puffs Not the cereal, see image
- In a medium sized saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and Karo syrup and heat over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil, and let boil for 5 minutes, or until you reach 225 degrees, if you want to cook with a Candy Thermometer, though this is not necessary.
- Do not cook too long or it will get harder.
- Pour Corn Puffs into a big bowl, pour syrup over the top, stir, let cool and enjoy!
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