Caramel Week: Popcorn Crunch Sundae


Surprise of the century: The Brain Trust has cooked up yet another wonderful Week to share with all of you.

Enter: Caramel Week.

It may go down in history as The Greatest Amongst The Weeks, but I will leave that for you to decide.

I decided to action this Popcorn Crunch Sundae because we do not eat nearly enough ice cream in this house.  In fact, I so knew that this was my New Calling In Life that I tore it out of my issue of bon appetit as soon as it came in the door.

I have never ever made hot fudge from scratch before, much less caramel, so this adventure was packed full of all sorts of new things.

So let’s talk about how easy it is to action hot fudge from scratch, shall we?

First, in a cool saucepan, you will combine: corn syrup, sugar, water and unsweetened cocoa.

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It will look exactly like a cooking show.  What I really mean is that it will look like a disaster scene.

Once that is simmering you will pull it off of the heat and add: Chocolate Chips (I’ve found that 1 oz of those is approximately 1/4 cup), butter, vanilla and salt.

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Stir to mix and melt it all.  Et voila.

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Hot fudge by your patio door.

For the Popcorn Crunch portion of our show, knowing what I know now, what I would do?

Buy a box of Cracker Jacks and action the hot fudge sauce from this recipe.

Alternately, what I would do: Use some of that really excellent Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Sauce and toss a handful of peanuts on top of some ice cream along with the hot fudge sauce this recipe instructs you to action.

What’s tricky about making caramel: it turns into a terrifying hot lava that is sort of burned before you even know it.  Especially when you are counting on the gentle guidance of cooking times to lead you to victory.

Glass half-full: I think we all know that nothing could be a debacle on the order of Salad Week’s Cheese and Calavo Salad.

And I think we can all agree that something that looks like this isn’t a half-bad end-result.  😉


What I didn’t know when I picked out this recipe is that I would be actioning it on the prettiest days we have had this spring and that it would end up being The Perfect Lunch.  You should really grab a spoon for yourself  and dig in!

Inspired yet?  Click here for the recipe.

The Caramel Week festivities continue in the biggest and best of ways.  If you aren’t So Moved to Create based off of this line-up, we probably can’t be friends.


7 responses to “Caramel Week: Popcorn Crunch Sundae

  1. You are killing me here! I love caramel!

  2. Hot fudge on popcorn. Yum! What great flavour and texture contrasts. 🙂

  3. This is the stuff PMSy caramel laden dreams are made of!!

  4. Brain Trust. You slay me, Kat! And you can bet your sweet tookus I am making this sundae!

  5. Brain Trust. You slay me, Kat! And you can bet your sweet tookus I will be making these on Sunday!

  6. hillcountrycook

    WHOA!! Have you ever heard of the southern… biscuits and chocolate gravy? This would be so bomb diggity on that!

  7. So much WOW factor in that bowl – hot fudge, caramel corn, whipped cream, nuts, ice cream. A+ all the way, Kat.

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