December 15, 2008

Carmel Crunch Recipe

Pam's Carmel Crunch Serves 4 Quarts


12 Cups Popcorn (I use microwave, as it's fast)
1 Can Honey Roasted Peanuts
1 Can Toasted Chow Mein Noodles
1 1/2 Cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
To save at least a FEW calories, you can substitute with no oil popcorn, light Karo syrup and this nifty new Brown Sugar blend made with Splenda

Combine first 3 ingredients in a lightly greased (Pam Spray) LARGE roasting pan. I use a disposable pan, as it creates a sticky mess.
Combine brown sugar and next three ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until mixture boils. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will bubble).
Pour over popcorn mix and stir lightly with a long handled greased wooden spoon.

I was asked on the COMMENTS about whether the brown sugar should be mixed in to the saucepan and heated or added to the dry mix. It works best if heated with the rest of the wet ingredients, but honestly I have done it both ways and it works just fine. Recipe above has been revised:-)

Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.
Pour out on wax paper and break into clumps as it cools.
I like to pack this to give as gifts in the little decorative Chinese food take out containers with a bow on top. It will fill several....but I am out, so off to Party City I go. I should walk will burn up some calories after snacking on this stuff along the way:-)



  1. Naughty Fufu - Don't encourage me!!

    Loved your Mum's Tips Janet, as for Pam's Caramel crunch....yum yum, only thing is if I made it before Christmas day it would be gone, eaten by me! I have no self control and can not have any bad food in our pantry, sad when I can't offer a guest a little sweet treat, they understand by now I think.

    Thanks also Janet for the complement on your post below!! Your Rose collection is stunning, "your Shabbyfufu" Dress Forms are absolutely beautiful!! Let's look forward to many more in 2009!!

  2. Such smart, wise words.

    Eggnog -- I think I bleed it this time of year!

  3. I have given you an award, please stop by and accept it.

  4. LOVE the tips your mom decided to bless us with!! Too funny!!
    Couldnt agree more...

    EAT ...DRINK... BE MERRY...




  5. Janet ~ you sound like me, pretty much a health nut! I read your hilarious paragraph from your Mom and each thing sounded like everything I try to AVOID doing during the holidays...maybe I should start doing some of those naughty things! LOL! Thanks for the laugh! ~Stacy~ P.S. Your recipes look yummy!

  6. Love this post!

    We wish you and your family a very joyful and Merry Christmas!


  7. Janet...Loved your moms tips hon!!!! They are very true...ya gotta live a little sometimes:)
    All your christmas decorations look so beautiful sweets!
    And I will certainly try the recipe...looks divine!
    Have a very MERRY & BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!!!

  8. Thanks for the laugh..boy does that recipe sound yummy. I'll be sure to remember to run from those bad carrot sticks... :)

  9. LOVE this post Janet, lol!!! That is how I feel too!

    And thank you for this recipe, wow!! It looks delicious!

    I hope you and your family have a beautiful Cheistmas!


  10. Janet,
    I loved your holiday diet tips, very funny! Your caramel crunch looks yummy. And of course, your home is beautiful! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas season.
    Victoria Lynn

  11. Fufu~moms tips are great & so on target with what I think goes at Christmas! LOL! My mouth is watering looking at this yummy concoction~thanks so much for the yummy recipe. blessings & love to you & the whole fufu family from the tutti clan!xoxo

  12. Okay, Janet ~
    I was so with you (and your Mom) on the eat all things now... I even said to my husband tonight "I could eat a big piece of pecan pie" and I wasn't just thinking pecan (pecan AND whipped cream). What the heck happens this time of year? Actually, I snapped out of it a little when I saw you have Smart Balance Popcorn!! I love Smart Balance... my husband makes fun of me, but it is the best. I am going to have to request popcorn here when I recover from this eat everything in sight mode. Luckily, the cupboard is bare right now.

    I came by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and lots of Peace, Love and Joy with all my heart xoxo~Tracie

  13. Question... you say on your recipe to combine the first four ingredients, which includes brown sugar into the roasting pan. Then you say to combine the next ingredients into a sauce pan, including the brownsugar.... Where do you put the brownsugar? Help, I really want to make this!! THX - Gail

  14. Those holiday eating tips sound like a good plan to me!
    Merry Christmas!!

  15. That looks so yummy Janet, I am going to have to try that , just made a chocolate turtle cake that turned out so yummy! Come by for a birthday giveaway~ xoxo Andrea

  16. Your King Cavalier is adorable! That's all...I just had to tell you that... although I'm sure you already knew. ;o)