I love caramel corn. And thanks to Ms. Martha Stewart, I have an excellent recipe. It's is excellent, simple, and I usually have all the ingredients at home - so I can make it on a whim.
1/2 c popcorn kernels, 1 1/4c white sugar, 3-6 T butter, 3/4t salt, and 1-2 cups whatevers (optional) (peanuts, cashews, raisens, almonds)
I make my popcorn in a sauce pan. I don't have a fancy air popper :) ya'll know how? Well, 1/2c kernels, and a little bit of oil, medium heat and a lidded sauce pan. You can figure it out.
And the caramel.
add 1/2c water to 1 1/4c sugar in a saucepan. medium heat. stir until sugar is dissolved and syrup is clear. Then cook, without stirring, until syrup boils. let it boil and gently swirl pan until it is a medium amber color - remove from heat. With a clean wooden spoon, stir in butter and salt. (it will foam and bubble). stir until smooth.
It will store for a week. Yet, it will only last a night.