Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild

Chocolate Popcorn covered in Homemade Caramel Sauce and tossed with Pecans and Toffee Bits. This stuff is wildly addictive. It’s a chocolate lovers dream. 

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Yah baby!

Chocolate = good!

Caramel = good!!

Toffee = good!!!

Pecans = good!!!!

Popcorn = good!!!!!

Chocolate + Caramel + Toffee + Pecans + Popcorn = Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild!!!!!!

Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild = “Well smack my ass and call me Judy” kind of good!!!!!!!

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Yup, I did it again. And there’s no oops in that. Nor any innocence. Sorry Britney! This was on purpose, premeditated, unadulterated foodie sin at it’s best! I think some of you may have seen the Turtle popcorn I made the other day. It was a Paula Deen recipe, and it was quite good. But it just wasn’t sinful enough for me. Yes I realize I just said one of Paula Deen’s recipes was not sinful enough for me. They don’t call me a Lunatic for nothing folks. Her recipe was yummy, but it lacked that extra oomph that I was looking for. I wanted this to taste like I had melted down a Turtles candy and poured it over top the popcorn. And while I am a Lunatic, I’m not crazy enough to take something as precious as Turtle candies and melt them down. So I did what any Lunatic would do….I made my own concoction to simulate the taste. Let’s just say mission accomplished. This is AH-MAH-ZING! I mean smack your gramma good. Just don’t tell her I told you to do it. You’re on your own if she hits you back with her purse.

Now this is a bit of an ordeal to make but I assure you it’s worth it. You need to make the popcorn, which seriously people, is not that hard. Then you’ll make some chocolate concoction a la Paula. That will need to dry. Then you need to make some caramel, let it cool a bit, then make this and let that dry. So it has some steps involved. But you’ll thank me for it. Give some to your gramma and she’ll thank me too. She might even forgive you for slapping her.

So set aside some time tomorrow, or this weekend and make this stuff. It’s popcorn gone nuts. And I mean who doesn’t like their popcorn a little nuts anyway right. And your food bloggers too.

*smiles sheepishly*

*writes a letter apologizing to Paula for dethroning her as the Queen of Sin*

*thinks of ways she could deep fry this popcorn*

*gets dragged off by her family for a serious intervention*

*grabs some Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild for the car ride*

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Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild

Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild

Chocolate Popcorn covered in Homemade Caramel Sauce and tossed with Pecans and Toffee Bits. This stuff is wildly addictive. It's a chocolate lovers dream.

Ingredients

    Ingredients for Step 1 (this is Paula’s recipe and the one I posted previously, but the popcorn is halved):
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • 6 (1 ounce) squares of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ingredients for step 2, which is caramel sauce:
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, more softened for the pan
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of salt, I used vanilla salt
  • Ingredients for step 3 (which is the final step):
  • Turtle Popcorn you already made
  • Caramel Sauce you already made
  • ½ cup Skor Toffee Bits (you can buy these by the chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup crushed pecans

Instructions

    Directions for step 1:
  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  • Pop your popcorn. I did mine on the stove old school style!
  • Place your popcorn in a large roasting pan.
  • Now in a large saucepan combine your butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup.
  • Over medium-high heat bring this mixture to a boil. Keep it at a boil for about 5 minutes.
  • Now remove it from the heat and stir in the chocolate, vanilla salt and vanilla.
  • Let it stand until the chocolate melts. Stir it occasionally.
  • Once it is melted stir until smooth.
  • Now pour this over your popcorn, toss it gently with a wooden spoon to coat it all evenly.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Stir it occasionally.
  • Remove from oven and transfer popcorn to parchment paper to let it cool down.
  • Directions for step 2:
  • Place a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combining sugar and ¼ cup warm water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Takes 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Bring the syrup to a boil and do not stir, let it start to caramelize. You can gently swirl the pan to help it start to brown.
  • You watch, not stirring until it turns an amber colour.
  • Now remove from the heat, add cold butter.
  • Now stir in the heavy cream. You may return the pan to low heat if the mixture is not smoothing out right away.
  • Now add the vanilla and the salt. Stir this until it’s smooth.
  • Let the caramel cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Directions for step 3:
  • Place your dried Turtle popcorn in a large roasting pan.
  • Now take your cooled caramel sauce and pour it over top the popcorn.
  • Toss the Skor Toffee Bits and the Crushed Pecans over top

Notes

Turtle Popcorn recipe is from Paula Deen's Chocolate Celebration Magazine

Caramel Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking

http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2012/02/turtle-popcorn-gone-wild.html

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Tips and Hints:

Do not pour boiling hot anything over popcorn. I would think this is common sense but maybe not so much. If you pour butter, or caramel, or chocolate, or pink candy coating that is boiling hot over popcorn it will shrivel it up. So wait a few minutes. You don’t have to wait long, just not scorching hot over top. Warm is better.

I tend to er on the side of more is better when it comes to coatings. So feel free to double the popcorn amount and keep the rest of the ingredients at these measurements. I suppose not every subscribes to the more is better logic.

You can certainly take the time to pop it in the oven a second time to dry. It would help as with this much caramel it takes awhile to dry out. I was fine letting it dry on counter but I had oodles of time.

You could in theory cut the caramel in half. But why would you want to.

Remember when making caramel that it is supposed to fizz up, so don’t freak out when that happens. It is kind of a cool science experiment. Have your kids help carefully as it’s sort of cool. Of course I am 5 years old and find things like this fascinating right. You may not.

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Okay folks that wraps up this one. I sure hope it was worth the wait. And me being carted off in a little white coat that ties in the back. Hope you’re happy now. ….Paula!!!!!

 

For more Turtle recipes from your loyal and Turtle devoted Lunatic please feel free to click any of the links below, you won’t be sorry!

 Turtle Bark, pictured below

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Turtle Ice Cream, pictured below

Turtle Ice Cream | Cravings of a Lunatic | #chocolate #icecream #frozendesserts

Turtle Banana Split, pictured below

Turtle Banana Split | Cravings of a Lunatic | #chocolate #ice cream #turtles #bananasplit

Turtle Ice Cream Pies, pictured below

Turtle Ice Cream Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | #icecream #frozendesserts #chocolate #caramel

Turtle Popcorn, pictured below

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After all my treatments are done I shall return with another new Turtle recipe just for you!

If you missed the PINK POPCORN you should go check it out. Have a Pretty in Pink Party and Pop this Pink Popcorn like a Pro and impress all your Peeps!

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Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1
    Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls says:

    You are so funny! I love your turtle popcorn … that looks completely and totally decadently rich and wonderful :)

  2. 3
    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    Haha! This popcorn looks so delicious. My mama would love the canister! Need to get my hands on that first and then make this popcorn to ship to her. Where oh where did you get it Kim?!!

    • 4

      Thanks so much. My kids got me the jar for Christmas. It’s a cookie jar but I won’t let anyone else touch it. The kids bought it at a store here in Canada called Cartoon Kingdom I believe. Love the thing to bits.

  3. 5

    Oh Kim, You are awesome! great post, although I can't eat any of it today and maybe tomorrow… Looks good though!

  4. 7
    Torviewtoronto says:

    lovely popcorn looks wonderful

  5. 9

    It's already happening; the Turtle Girl's bid for world domination (insert crazy laughter). Soon everything will have chocolate, caramel and pecans…"Some green beans, honey? Yes, those are turtles in there." "Ribs? Didn't you know they are lovely with caramel! BWHA HA HA HA!" I think you are far beyond any hope of cure. But I will go along for the ride :-)

    • 10

      Lol, I’ll pick you up and we’ll head off like Thelma and Louise in search of some turtle goodness. Minus the cliff but times Brad by two.

  6. 11

    Oh you are genius..you used all my favorites on popcorn..and served it one in such an amazing cup!:)))

  7. 13

    Thanks so much Ann. I really had a blast with this one.

  8. 14

    Thanks so much. My kids got me that for Christmas. I think they got it at a store called Cartoon Kingdom. Hope that helps. I absolutely love it and could not have been happier with my gift. I won't let anyone else use it. It's too pretty. Lol!

  9. 15

    Thanks Marina. It is really yummy stuff.

  10. 16

    Thank you so much.

  11. 17

    I am telling you Turtle Rib Roast is coming your way soon. Totally normal right!

  12. 18
    Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    I have this image of you stirring the popcorn while giggling fiendishly :)

  13. 19
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I think you are ready to open up a gourmet popcorn shop!

  14. 20
    Christine's Pantry says:

    This looks so good. Love, love popcorn.

  15. 21

    Lol, thanks. I had so much fun making this one. Nervous it would flop but man is it ever good.

  16. 22

    Pretty much what I've been up to every day this week. Lol!

  17. 23

    Lol, this has been a fun week.

  18. 24

    Thanks. Me too. Way too much. This one is by far my fave.

  19. 25

    OH my gosh! I must make this! Have you tried sprinkling with a little sea salt at the end? I think I will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

    • 26

      I am not a huge fan of sea salt and chocolate. But I know tons of people like it. You must try it out. So good.

  20. 27
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Wow! It's an explosion of popcorns and chocolate. LOVE :D

  21. 29

    Really sinful sweets :)

  22. 31

    It makes me drool !!! It looks really yummy ! I love that ceramic cookie jar hahahha

  23. 33

    Great way of dressing up good old popcorns!Very creative indeed, packing it with all my favorite flavors in there!A winner :)

  24. 35
    Lacy @ NYCityEats says:

    Omg the addition of the caramel & toffee bits is killing me! This sounds so incredible. Could you package this up and ship some my way?! ;)

    • 36

      Lol, I think I need to market this stuff stat. It is so good. I am not sure there’s any left though. I may have gotten carried away.

  25. 37

    Oh, gosh, this is the ultimate in sinful treats!!! I WILL be making some!!! Thanks, my friend!!! xx

  26. 39

    Oh, Kim….this is FANTASTIC! Not only is this terrific right now, but can you imagine how popular I'd be if I made this at Christmas time? Fabulous my friend!

  27. 41
    Dara Reppucci says:

    Kim – step away from the turtles! Great recipe – loving the series of different flavors of popcorn.

  28. 43
    firefoodie says:

    All we need to do now is work out how to deep fry chocolate and we're done! Nice post Kim Bee :)

    • 44

      Apparently my daughter is teaching me how to do just that this week. Should be interesting and land me in the hospital. I like pink flowers, just so you all know.

  29. 45

    Watch out Paula! Hehe =)

    This popcorn looks fantastic Kim, and would definitely give the Queen of Sin a run for her money =)

    • 46

      She has me nipping at her heels I tell you. Lol! Thanks, this is a real over the top recipe. Luckily I love over the top stuff.

  30. 47
    Gastronome Tart says:

    That popcorn looks like it is to die for! Yum!

  31. 49
    Curry and Comfort says:

    I love two things in this post.. your turtle popcorn gone wild and that lovely I Love Lucy canister!! I want one… Wahhhhhhhhh! :)

    • 50

      Thanks so much. That jar is a real beauty. The kids sure know how to pick out gifts. I’ve trained them well I think.

  32. 51
    Deelicious Sweets says:

    I hear popcorn ships really well…. hint, hint!

  33. 54
    The Harried Cook says:

    I can't decide if I hate you or I love you… This is ridiculously tempting! Can you please send me some? I would pay a lot for this! And please send me that jar too. It is really cute… Let me know where to send you my address. Thanks much!

    • 55

      You know you love me. How can you not? It’s turtles and popcorn. I could probably send the popcorn but the jar is precious. I hope the kids get me more Lucy stuff for easter. *hint hint* *wink wink*

  34. 56

    Yes, I can't believe Paula has a recipe that isn't sinful enough. I love all of your popcorn recipes. I've been trying to plan what to do for the kid's birthday party and I keep coming back to your popcorn recipes to be on the menu. I might as well just have a Kim's popcorn-themed party! :)

    • 57

      I know right. This might actually make me the devil. Ruining waistlines one treat at a time. Lol! There you go, ode to the Lunatic partah!

  35. 58
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen says:

    This turtle thread is killing me. I HAVE to make this!

  36. 60
    Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says:

    I think what I love about this post most of all is the mug! Don't get me wrong, I like the popcorn plenty. Toffee and chocolate is a great mix. But the I Love Lucy mug really takes it over the top for me. :)

  37. 62
    Eating Deliciously says:

    Cannot wait to make this! Your I Love Lucy container is adorable.

    • 63

      Thank you so much. My kids really surprised me with that. At first I thought it was the videos then I fell over when I saw it was a cookie jar.

  38. 64
    Sis. Boom. says:

    These popcorns are so beautiful and mouth watering. Its one thing I 've never done but I can see I'm going to have to start figuring it out. I mean, its got to be good for you, right? Its popcorn! How bad can it be?

    • 65

      Totally true. Popcorn is good for you. In theory. But I am a rebel so theories be damned. Bring on the chocolate.

  39. 66
    The Smart Cookie Cook says:

    Good god, this is my dream come true! I love anything turtle. Please send me a bucket full asap!

  40. 68

    Hi KimBee/ Kita!! Erm… I got confused there for a moment when you buzzed me over at my blog. Btw, I am liking your new blog look. Really slick. You know I really have to try this Turtle dessert combo. It sounds really good, and I’m sure it is. Btw, thanks for giving me a shoutout on Facebook. I am terrible with social networking, as when work ends, I just don’t want to turn on my notebook till the next day. LOL… Missed ya indeed. I can’t wait to check out what will you be up to. Would it be more ice-cream? Yummmmm.. Huggggsss, Jo

    • 69

      Hi Jo. I appreciate you popping by. I get like that some days too where I just can’t bear another moment looking at the screen. Stop by when you can and don’t stress when you can’t. My motto is life first, blog second. You are welcome for the FB love. I enjoy FB a ton so goof on there when I can. I have a very cool ice cream coming up this week. Been dying to share it cuz it’s sort of different than my usual taste.

  41. 70

    Hi folks. I apologize to anyone who got answered twice. The comment thing is wonky. I suppose twice is better than not at all. Lol!

  42. 71

    Gostei muito desse site!

  43. 72

    thanks for share!

  44. 73

    Wow, your turtle recipes look amazing!!! I have GOT to try the Turtle Banana Split. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • 74

      Thanks so much Lisa. I have a real thing for all things turtle. I have a new turtle recipe in my fridge awaiting it’s photo session. It is like a sickness at this point. Lol!

  45. 75

    Do I refrigerate after or just leave it out in a sealed container? Unfortunately I can’t eat it all, need to save it for a couple of days.

    • 76

      I would leave it in a sealed container. I had some that lasted maybe about a week. Unless you live somewhere super hot. Then fridge till about an hour till you need it. The problem I have with the fridge is I swear it makes the chocolate more melty after and it gets all over your fingers. But if you’re the sort who doesn’t mind then it’s all good. So to recap, container unless you live in hell. Yup, that sums it up nicely. xx

  46. 77

    Hey! I was wondering how long this popcorn stays fresh. If I make it on Thursday night would it be good to serve this on Saturday??

    • 78
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      It stays good for 2 weeks. Just make sure you take the time to make sure it isn’t clumpy. You just break it up every now and then while it dried. Easy peasy. It’s really good. Let me know if you need any help or troubleshooting.

  47. 79
    Angela |Mind Over Batter says:

    This is truly turtle popcorn gone wild. No side boob here. Total frontal, baby. Love, love, love this. Love you – ‘Cause you’re awesome as Hell!

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