Back in September I attended my first food conference, IFBC. It was fun to be at a food focused conference and I’m excited to try a few different ones this year. One of the sponsors was Bob’s Red Mill. I was already a fan of their Shredded coconut so when we got some Sorghum in our swag bags I was intrigued.
On the back of the bag is instructions for popped sorghum… Interesting… So of course I had to try it!
- paper bag
- pour 1/4 C sorghum into a brown paper bag.
- fold over the top of the bag a few times.
- microwave on high for 3-4 mins, until the pops are more than 5 seconds apart (be careful it burns quickly)
CHECK IT OUT!!!! Awww it’s so cute! It looks like barbie popcorn! Seriously my kids loved making this mini popcorn with me! It was easy, and let’s face it, everything is more fun in mini form.
ANYWAY, I decided I wanted to make caramel popcorn balls with our mini popcorn! I popped about half the sorghum bag and got about 5 cups of mini popped sorghum!! Of course this recipe tastes great on regular popcorn too! I made a half batch for my half sized popcorn!
- 1 C butter
- 1 C karo syrup
- 2 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 8-12 C popcorn popped (or popped sorghum)
- bring butter, syrup, brown sugar and white sugar to softball stage (250 degrees)
- add the milk and vanilla and boil 1 min.
- spread the popcorn into a large pan, pour half the caramel over popcorn.
- stir the popcorn up, spread out and pour the rest of the caramel on top, stir again
- let it sit a while and ball up if you want (or if you have any left)
We let the mini caramel popcorn cool a bit and then the girls helped me make small popcorn balls, it was messy but so much fun! We added skewers to them to make them fun pops! The kids loved eating them and thought they were a super fun after school treat!
Honestly this is my favorite caramel popcorn recipe because it stays soft longer than some that I’ve tried. I don’t like “break-your-teeth” caramel popcorn balls. But these? so cute and little and tasty! Even Mr. Topsy Turvy loved it! The small balls were perfect for just popping in your mouth and I think he ate like 5 of them!
Mmmmm, AND high in fiber (I always try to find something “healthy” I can push when my husband teases me about all the treats I make). HA! anyway they taste amazing.