1.30.2014

Sorghum Caramel Corn

Sorghum Caramel Corn

Fact: I can’t eat popcorn in public…
No more like.. I don’t eat popcorn in front of strangers out in a public setting situation..  Is that the same?
There are numerous reasons why.
Mainly, I always end up looking like a Here ComesHoney Boo Boo family member walking around trying to get bits of whatnot outta of my teeth. 
It’s not cute.. not cute at all.. But I just can’t stand that feeling
So it’s rare that I get the opportunity to indulge myself in the kernel.
For fear of being in a constant state of frustration..

Sorghum Caramel Corn

So this popcorn, or as my husband informed me a knock off of Cracker Jacks was crunched and munched on in the confines of mi casa and maybe in the dark around midnight once everyone had gone to bed..
But man oh man oh man.. it was worth it.. every irritating sweet sorghum, caramel popcorn kernel.
My grandmother never bought maple syrup. It was either molasses or sorghum for those pancakes or biscuits. So I have a bit of an addiction to both old fashioned sweeteners. This fancy popcorn pecan crunch delight is buttery, sweet and salty from the popcorn. Which is always the best combination.
Complete change of subject alert- So I started typing this post on Monday evening and told myself I would get back to it once I got back home on Tuesday evening.. and then this happened in my great city of Atlanta GA….







I had this post all planned out but the events that have taken place over the last couple of days in Georgia make me want to crawl out of my skin. I sat on a highway for 8 hours!!! With a toddler,  ran out of food and drinks about 4 hours in.... it was bad..a very bad situation. Being that I experienced Hurricane Katrina on the front lines, like walking in water and watching your life’s belongings float away, I think I’m a good judge of disastrous situations.
One’s that could’ve been avoided.  But I’m not gonna go there..
Although I am going to tell you about the people of Atlanta.. the citizens of Georgia who pulled together and made the best of a truly catastrophic situation.
I’m dedicating this post to them.
The 2 guys who were walking up and down Highway 75 passing out coffee and hot chocolate.. (Highway 75 is a major highway in Atlanta. There were over 4,000+ people trapped on all of Atlanta's major highways, in their cars)
To my husband..who came to rescue me where we were stranded (by parking his truck off the exit ramp and walking to come get us). I have to brag, because he was amazing. 
The people who were opening their homes to complete strangers, offering food and shelter.
To the lady who started the Facebook page that helped 1000’s on us get home through updates, when our Major and Governor offered us nothing but excuses.
To Diane Stofel who passed out sandwiches and chips to motorist.
To my daughter and her friends who formed a group of 38 middle school kids to walk home when school officials told them there would be no school buses coming for them. (I’m so proud of her) All 38 kids made it home safe a sound in less than an hour. A close friend of mine's' daughter  (along with several other children) was trapped on a school bus until 1:15 am. It was a terrifying and unacceptable experience. 


One that was made better for many through random acts of kindness.  These were all acts that I witnessed, their were tons of others. CNN has a great account of some stories from motorist, some of them from their very own producers. The CNN building is less than a mile from my office in downtown Atlanta. This experience is one that I will never forget and I'm sure a lot of folks feel the same. 


Sorghum Caramel Corn

Sorghum Caramel Popcorn
Prep Time- 20min  Cook Time- 1hr Yield- about 6- 8cups 
adapted from Southern Living Magazine 


Ingredients:
6-8 cups of plain popped popcorn
1 ½ cups pecans, halves
½ cup butter
1 ½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup sorghum syrup
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Add popcorn and pecans to a large, lightly greased bowl
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Stir in brown sugar, sorghum and salt. Bring to a boil stirring constantly for about 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla..
Pour sorghum mixture over popcorn pecan mixture, stirring until coated.  Divide the mixture amongst 2 baking sheet pans lined with parchment paper. (Spread in thin layers)
Bake at 250 for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes to avoid clumping.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Salty- Sweet Realness For Lyfe!

17 comments :

  1. So cool that the community gathered together to make the best of a no-good situation. Love that. But 8 hours on a highway?! I feel like I need to stress-eat a bucket of this yum-yummy caramel corn just hearing that (at least, that's my excuse anyway ;)).

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    1. I got home and stress ate a whole bag of oreos.. True story!

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  2. Oh, Erika I was thinking about you and hoping you weren't effected. What a scary, frustrating, horrible experience. We sometimes have similar situations here in Seattle (nothing like what you experienced) as we typically don't get that much snow and when we do it's a disaster. We've gotten pretty gun shy about snow here (thankfully) and close things down almost immediately when we get news of big snow.. So, glad you now warm and safe. Enjoy all the popcorn you want. You've earned it. :)

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    1. Thanks Maria! It was a mess.. and there was barely 2 inches of snow!!! Crazy..

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  3. WOW. I was thinking of you as I was hearing about all of this! Cannot even imagine 8 hours on the highway!!! You are a trooper, girl, proud of you and your whole family and so glad y'all are safe! You deserve ALL the popcorns.

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    1. So sweet.. Thanks for thinking of me Marie!

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  4. Erika - you don't need popcorn you need a drink! I was so shaken by my own drive home that I had to have a cocktail as soon as I got home. And my ride was only 6 miles (took me over two hours, still nothing compared to your journey or some of the others I've been hearing!)

    And really aren't best husbands the best? We would have come to get you had we known! Seriously we need to make a playdate.

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    1. Drinks have been flowing since I got home..LOL and yes best husbands are the best. Girl when I saw him walking towards me I felt like Jesus had come to save me… LOL! I'm gonna call you next week to set something up.. For real for real!

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  5. Beautiful pics! I can't imagine being stuck in the car with my toddler for 8 hours, I'm surprised you both are still alive! I can't believe how terrible this winter has been for the whole country. I would've made myself some straight up caramel corn after that experience too!

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  6. Lord, Erika, what a story. I'm so glad you and your fam got home safe (and major props to your man!!) I cannot believe the half of what I'm hearing about what happened. (But LOL I just laughed out loud at "when I saw him walking towards me I felt like Jesus had come to save me..." hahaha you are the best.) But seriously, so glad yall are all okay.

    And PS glad I have this popcorn to drool over on a Monday when I do not want to be working. It looks ridiculously amazing. I'd pick my teeth on national TV for this.

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  7. Yikes. I thought of you and I am so glad you and yours made it home safely, albeit after much stress...and your husband is a champ!

    PS, this popcorn sounds amazing...especially next to a well-deserved cocktail.

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  8. I love caramel popcorn, so much so that I avoid it, its like a drug to me. I was watching what happened to you guys. I'm from Canada, so 5 inches of snow is nothing for us, and I cringed when I heard some local news stations making fun of you guys. I guess people forget that you NEVER get this kind of weather. SO how the heck would even begin to know how to deal with it. I'm so glad to hear everyone is safe and that there are so many generous people out your way!! Hopefully you don't have to see that much snow anytime soon!

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  9. That's terrible! I'm so glad you're ok, Erika. Adding having your kid in that situation brings it up another level entirely. Yikes...

    The caramel corn looks ridiculous. Like eat-it-all-in-one-sitting kind of ridiculous.

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  10. ok that popcorn looks DIVINE! :( weather stuff just is already awful especially when you can't do anything and thankfully you have a superhero husband.

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  11. Oh my god... at first I was all "yummm.. popcorn is my favorite food" to thinking "what are all those cars doing.. there's only like a light light dusting of snow" (it's currently -27 outside my house with hip deep drifts of snow on either side of my sidewalk.. so I didn't understand how a dusting of snow could cause those traffic issues) to being completely, totally shocked by the situation everyone was stuck in. Children trapped in school buses? Hours and hours in gridlock? That's a nightmare! Googled it and I cannot believe how horrible it must have been.. especially for those with medical conditions or no access to a phone. So glad that it turned out ok for you! Stay safe.

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  12. AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle :) love your blog and im following now.

    Check out my blog today...my all time fav. lasagna recipy :)

    Have a fab week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  13. I just discovered your blog today, and saw this post and had to comment on it! I live in Alabama and we had the same situation. Most of our schools let the children and teachers stay the night there, but we were also completely unprepared. Almost everyone I know had to spend the night at their workplace, but I heard many of the same stories of people being good Samaritans, which is so humbling. It was definitely a scary experience for me since I've lived in Alabama my whole life and had never been in a situation like that before. Having said all that, I wish I would have had some of this popcorn with me when I was stranded away from home and didn't have much food! It looks wonderful. :)

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