Caramel Chocolate Popcorn: turtle popcorn, is a recipe born of my favorite treats. This first treat is the base of this recipe. My grandma’s precious caramel popcorn. This is a golden treat. Seriously, this recipe is out of this world amazing! Every Christmas my grandma would pass out her yummy caramel popcorn balls. I, as well as our entire family, looked forward to them. The caramel is soft and delicately coats the crisp popcorn. So rich and delicious. My second favorite treat is not two turtle doves but close. It is turtles! Cheesy, I know, but it is almost Christmas so we have to have some Christmas humor. Anyway, pecans are covered with caramel and chocolate for the perfect balance of salty and sweet turtles.
This Turtle Caramel Chocolate Popcorn is made with homemade caramel sauce. Melt butter and mix it with brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and karo syrup. This is a key part of making the caramel sauce the perfect consistency. So listen close. Use a candy thermometer. Buy one on Amazon or at the store if you don’t have one. They aren’t very expensive and they are so worth it! This caramel mixture needs to lightly boil until it reaches 240 degrees F. When the caramel reaches this temperature it is called soft ball stage. Which means you can drop a piece of caramel sauce in cold water and it will make a ball. However when you bring the caramel out of the water it will lose the ball shape. For ease and peace of mind just get the thermometer. However, if you don’t want to buy a thermometer, then do the cold water test. It will take 8-10 minutes to reach this consistency. Once it is at soft ball stage your done! Pour the caramel over the popcorn tossed with pecans. Then drizzle your popcorn with lots of melted chocolate. Let this popcorn set for 1-2 hours until the chocolate has hardened. Store this delicious treat in an airtight container for up to a week. Hope you love this family treasured recipe! Eat it as a snack or give it as a gift. I have to admit I have made and ate a whole batch before forcing me to make another batch to give as gifts. It is that yummy, what can I say! For more gourmet popcorn recipes check out my chocolate orange, hot chocolate, or classic white chocolate flavors.