Begin by gathering your ingredients for your simple syrup if you decide to replace the corn syrup with it. Pour 1 c. of sugar, and 1 c. of water into a small pot. Boil until the sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off of the heat and set aside.
Up next, turn your oven on at 325 degrees F. Now you're going to pop 3 bags of microwave popcorn. I used buttered popcorn, but you can use whatever kind you'd like. It all works great!
Once the popcorn is done, pour an even amount onto 2 greased baking sheets.
In a medium pot, combine 1 c. butter or margarine, 2 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. simple syrup or corn syrup, and 1 tsp. salt.
Over medium heat, bring your mixture to a boil, stirring constantly for 5 minutes (during boiling period).
After the 5 minutes is up, remove from heat immediately. Add 1tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and stir.
Immediately pour your syrup evenly over the 2 baking sheets of popcorn. Toss popcorn with a spatula to evenly coat. Place your baking sheets into the oven for 1 hour. Every 15 to 20 min., give your baking sheets a light shake to make sure the popcorn is evenly cooking.
While the corn is baking, take this opportunity to set wax paper out on your counter. Once the corn is done, pour it out onto the wax paper, and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, or in Ziploc baggies.
A great idea if you're serving this to the wee ones: Buy a couple of the pop corn boxes like they serve at the circus or the theatre, and dish it up. My girls love this, and it makes a great memory! Enjoy!!!
Here's the recipe: