This is a clone recipe.
After placing a call to Caramel Crisp corporate headquarters in Chicago, we discovered that the popcorn chain (doing business as Garrett Popcorn Shops) was not willing to share the recipe that's responsible for the long lines at its shops.
No problem. After studying the ingredient list on a Garrett canister, we went shopping. The components are ordinary, except for coconut oil. But we found that in the personal-care section at Whole Foods Market, where it was described as "suitable for high-heat cooking." We let the popping begin. After hours of research and sampling, we came up with this delicious, crisp mix.
No white popcorn we tried popped into kernels as large as those we sampled at Garrett. But our smaller kernels matched those from the shop for tenderness. And tasters rated it delicious. Some described it as "worth standing in line." And although most of us acknowledged that nothing could duplicate Garrett's buttery-sweet version, we think ours is the next best thing.
Yield: 13 cups
Nutrition information per cup: 385 calories, 35% calories from fat, 16 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 1.9 g fiber
Tips for success:
- Use white kernels for tender popcorn.
- Use coconut oil if you can find it. Though its saturated fat content is high, it makes a big flavor difference. Like shortening, it is solid at room temperature. If you can't find coconut oil, you can use peanut oil as a substitute.
- During baking, stir gently to avoid breaking kernels, but stir thoroughly to cover as many kernels as possible.
Posted by GayleL at Recipe Goldmine 10:21:11pm 2/24/03.