Lillian is so excited for today - she's in Kindergarten and it's her first class costume party. We don't celebrate Halloween but we decided to let her dress up for the class parade around the school. I kind of pretty much love her costume. It's killing me that I had to go to class today and miss seeing all her cuteness in person.
Who is she dressing up as? Taylor Swift! We happened to find a sequin dress at The Children's Place that's very Taylor-esque and Lillian already has the curly blond hair and a little guitar. Easiest. costume. ever.
Plus, she'll get to break the dress back out again during holiday parties this December. Win-win. And with the massive amount of charitable work Taylor Swift does, I don't mind if munchkin wants to pretend she's a pop star for a day.
Anyhow, the mom organizing Lillian's class party asked me to provide popcorn for the kiddos. Being the cooking enthusiast that I am, I felt a bit confined and like Phoebe in Friends when Monica asks her to bring cups. Popcorn? Just popcorn? Oh I'll bring popcorn! I almost made three different kinds of popcorn. But I ultimately decided to reign in my crazy and just stick with this:
The caramel corn is crunchy and sweet. Not too much cinnamon - just enough to make it a little extra special. Oh and I added some candy corn and white chocolate chips in there to make it more festive. You can add those in if you want or omit them. The power is in your hands.
I used my paper bag microwave popcorn method to pop all the corn really quickly and without having to mess with a huge pan or hot oil.
Cinnamon Caramel Corn
15 cups popped corn
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 corn syrup (I used dark)
1 scant tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 300.
Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat it until melted. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon. Microwave for two minutes. Stir and heat for another two minutes.
Place popcorn in two 9 x 13" baking dishes (or whatever pan it fits in). Stir caramel again and pour it over popcorn. Toss with a spoon to coat. Cook popcorn for 10 minutes in the oven; stir and cook for another 10 minutes. Popcorn should be toasted and crunchy.* If you want to add candy corn, white chocolate chips, or any other toppings, do so at this point. Allow caramel corn to cool and enjoy!
*If you prefer chewy caramel corn, skip the baking step.