Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
8 cups popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Prepare popcorn according to instructions. Add chopped walnuts.
Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.
Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.
Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
Stirring constantly, bringing to a boil.
Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.
Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.
Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.
Bake for 1 hour.
Toss warm caramel corn with dried cranberries.
Store in an air-tight container.