Recipe Keeper #6: Crazy Crunch

When I was a kid and living at home, I have very distinct memories of how I lived my weekends. I got off the school bus on Friday afternoon and raced (either on foot or on my bike) down the long driveway. I either headed straight to the kitchen for a snack, for some reason I was always "starving" after school, or went straight to the barn to check on a litter of kittens that I always managed to find tucked away in a cozy corner.

Weekend evenings were so fun as a kid. Sometimes my dad would head to town to grab a few pizzas, and if we were lucky we could go along. Maybe he would let us rent a movie, or get a candy bar at a gas station.

If we didn't get to go along to pick up the pizza, we knew there would be a piece of pizza missing from the box when he returned home. According to dad, the Pizza Lady (the woman who makes the pizza) snuck a piece from the box after making it.

Dang Pizza Lady.

A really, really good weekend was marked by two things: 1) the dirtiness of our bath water, and 2) if we made Crazy Crunch. Crazy Cunch is a caramel-y sweet snack that required participation from the whole family to make, and I want to share the recipe with ya'll - -

Dad's Favorite Crazy Crunch
You'll need:
1 c. butter
1/2 c. Karo syrup, light color
1 T. vanilla
1 1/3 c. sugar

Person #1:
In a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, cook everything except the vanilla until soft ball stage (about 10 minutes - use a candy thermometer, if needed). It will be golden brown. Add the vanilla.

Person #2: 
While Person #1 is cooking over the stove, you should be popping three bags of microwave popcorn. Your job is also to empty the bags into a large roasting pan and pick out all of the old maids. Do not underestimate the importance of this job. It will save you hundreds of dollars in dental work later. Trust me. And anyone else whose ever bitten into a popcorn kernel.

Here's where the magic happens, and Person #1 and Person #2 come together to seal the deal:
After soft ball stage has been reached and the popcorn is de-seeded, Person #1 should slowly pour the mixture over the popcorn in the roasting pan. The stream of the pour should be no more than a pencil think. While Person #1 is pouring, Person #2 is stirring the popcorn and mixture very well.

You've just made Crazy Crunch.

Let it cool a bit, then enjoy it warm. That's my favorite.

Or enjoy it cold. It's still awesome that way, too.

Over and out.

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