Caramel Apple Popcorn

by Irvin on October 21, 2013 · 15 comments

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Caramel Apple Popcorn by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-popcorn | #caramel #popcorn #apple

Let’s make a pact, you and I. Let’s not go into the kitchen, with what we are SURE is a brilliant, genius idea. Let’s not take that idea, develop it into a homemade recipe and think of ourselves as unique, one-of-a-kind individuals. Then let’s not spend the time to photograph said brilliant recipe with the notion that not only will the entire blogosphere bow down to our sheer intelligence but we’ll be forced to actually tweet out the phrase “You’re welcome everyone!” when posting about the recipe (a phrase you and I both know is totally obnoxious but still have always wanted to use). And most important of all, let’s not Google the terms caramel apple popcorn after all that effort, sure that you and I are the only one in the entire known universe to have come up with this recipe…only to find out that 1,670,000 search results are returned. Let’s. Just. Not. (Feel free to jump directly to the recipe if you want to.)

Caramel Apple Popcorn by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-popcorn | #caramel #popcorn #apple

Now I realize I’m not brazenly foolhearted enough to think that I’m the only one to come up with the idea of caramel apple popcorn. I mean, caramel + popcorn comes in a box emblazoned with a child wearing a sailor suit and a nifty (but strangely always disappointing) toy enclosed (why is it always a cheap sticker?). Caramel + apple is pretty much responsible for every childhood emergency trip to the dentist that I had to undergo for a pulled filling (though the toys I got at the dentist were usually a little more fun). So the combination of all three together is going to be inevitable. I know that there are probably no new ideas in the culinary world (though really, I have yet to find another person out there who has created the reverse white chocolate crackle cookie, but that’s just quibbling). However it’s always a bit of a blow to realize an idea that you think is somewhat unique and brilliant has been done before…1 1/2 million+ times before.

Caramel Apple Popcorn by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-popcorn | #caramel #popcorn #apple

That’s when I decided the root of the problem doesn’t lie with my utterly brilliant, absolutely individual ideas. No, my problem is with Google. It’s ruining everything. Before Google, before the internet, before we had mobile phones that allows us to look up any answer, any time of the day, people could argue. Friends would get in lively discussions where they could absolutely demand that they were correct. People would say that they were smarter than everyone else and their ideas were heads and tails above the general population and with sheer conviction alone, convince you that no else had thought of their idea first.

Caramel Apple Popcorn by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-popcorn | #caramel #popcorn #apple

And you know what? No one could disprove it. Or at least, if they wanted to disprove it, it would take a lot of work to do it; trips to the library, flipping through card catalogs, pulling books from the shelf or worse peering through microfiche. The effort involved was tremendous, and most people didn’t bother, which meant if I were to claim to have invented caramel apple popcorn, it would take a WHOLE lot of effort to disprove it back then. Enough effort that most people would just say “meh” and move on. Oh the good old days before the internet and Google.

Caramel Apple Popcorn by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-popcorn | #caramel #popcorn #apple

So let’s pretend. Let’s pretend that no one is going to Google the terms caramel apple popcorn and find another recipe. Let’s pretend that there are no other recipes out there that are better this one. Let’s pretend that caramel apple popcorn will take the world by storm and start to trend all over Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and whatever other social media network is the new hot commodity. As long as I’ve got a big bucket of this stuff to eat, I’m pretty content to play let’s pretend. How about you?

Other popcorn recipes here on Eat the Love
Haunted Honey Caramel Popcorn (a wordless recipe)
Peppermint Candied Popcorn
Spicy Mexican Chocolate Popcorn Brownies

Other fun ideas for popcorn around the web
Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars
Sweet and Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn
Hot Cocoa Popcorn
Sriracha Sesame Ginger Popcorn
Cookie Butter Popcorn Bars

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking October 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

Sigh, card catalogs and microfiche…. Brings me back to my high school days. Who cares how many versions of this there are!!! This is the snack that dreams are made of so it goes perfectly with playing pretend and stepping away from the interwebs for a moment!

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Ruthy @ Omeletta October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

I dearly wish I could say the same had never happened to me but… le sigh, it totally has. And “GTS” (Google that Sh*t!) has become the ubiquitous phrase in our circle of friends. But I’ll pretend I never heard of caramel apple popcorn, for your sake. At least your photos are better than any others I’ve seen!

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Belinda @zomppa October 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Love the addition of apples!! There is no way I could control myself over this.

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Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes) October 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Looks amazingly delicious I will try it!

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Anna @ Bashful Bao October 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

This is the best version of caramel apple popcorn I’VE ever seen! Looks amazing, can’t wait to try it! (And I don’t even have to waste time Googling a recipe ^.^)

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The Suzzzz October 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

Stoopid Interwebz. When I was a photo major in the last 90′s (pre-digital era), I’d put together a portfolio for class that I thought was original and thought provoking, only to be told by the professor that I was derivative and that everything I shot had been done before and done better by famous photographers…only I didn’t know it when I was making my images. It can be a huge blow to the ego, but you just have to stand by your work no matter what. For the record I’d never heard of caramel apple popcorn before and think the idea is genius, I’m making this for 2 Halloween parties I am going to on Saturday.

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Nick (Macheesmo) October 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Yum! Looks really awesome. Making great caramel corn is definitely an art. It’s pretty easy to burn, but your version looks as good as any I’ve seen! Nice work!

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Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) October 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

I love caramel apple popcorn! I never thought to add apple chips. We make ours with reduced apple cider syrup. Adding apple chips is even better!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Looks so good, Irvin! Saw it front & center on FG – nice :)

Love that you worked apple cider in. I bet the smell is heavenly! And the taste!

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Chelsea October 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Oh man, the curse of the Google! I always make the unwise decision to look up a recipe idea I was SURE was mine and mine alone. And 500 other people have always already made it. But I love your replacement for corn syrup – that is quite brilliant – and the apple chips. I recently used some chopped dried apples in a streusel and they baked into startlingly tasty apple chip bits. This makes me want to gobble up a few more.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Google definitely has changed our world today! I promise I won’t google caramel apple popcorn and only make this recipe!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

OOO blasted Google! However no matter how many people have made Caramel apple popcorn, I am positive that no one has made “Irvin’s Famous Caramel Apple Popcorn” before so haha to all of them! ;) Love the flavor combination and of course the photos!

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Faye October 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

True, but I give you major points for popping the popcorn (not using microwave). Sounds so delish, especially this time of year. This is definitely going on my Fall “baking” list!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes October 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm

This post is just great Irvin! Though I tend to think more of the day when people would say ‘remember when there were blogs?’. I will probably be too old to care to argue, so I’ll just eat a few buckets full of this sensational popcorn! For me, this is the first recipe I’m seeing about it.

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Liz @Life Made Sweet October 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Pre-google I used an encyclopedia and spent hours upon hours researching and reading books at the library…..so happy we are no longer pre-google :) I however will not google it and still think you are genius. Mmmm….

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