Hooray! It’s our favorite day – Saturday! We’re popping with joy for our new favorite way to dress up a box of our favorite – Brownies! Salted Caramel M&M Popcorn Brownies are the perfect combo of salty and sweet and the M&Ms add a little more crunch and a lot more chocolate (our most favorite)! Favorite day + favorite treat = favorite way to spend time together!
Brownies – make according to the directions on the back of the box
Caramel Corn –
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup + 4 T. butter cubed
- 1/2 tsp . salt
- 1 cup M&M’s
- Using an air popper, pop the ¼ cup of corn kernels.
In a medium saucepan, add the sugar into a dry pan. Place the pan over medium heat. Every minute or two, give the sugar a swirl by picking the pan up and moving it in a circular motion. Don’t use utensils. You’ll start to see the sugar caramelize. Keep picking up and swirling the pan until all the sugar has melted. It will take about 17 minutes for the sugar to caramelize and melt.
Once the sugar is melted, turn the heat down to medium/low. Add in the salt and vanilla bean paste. Do not use vanilla extract. It will make the caramel gritty.
Add in all of the butter and whisk until the butter incorporates into the caramelized sugar and it becomes thick. It will take a good couple of minutes of whisking vigorously to have the salted caramel come together. I used salted butter, but feel free to use unsalted. Remove from the heat.
Pour the salted caramel into the bowl of popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is coated.
Add in the m&m’s and stir to combine.
Spread the popcorn on the prepared brownies and let cool. As the caramel cools, it will harden. Slice and enjoy.
*recipe inspired by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt