February Funfetti :: Funfetti Caramel Corn

Because plain popcorn is so 'Golden Retriever.'  Try something a little bit different - this is a perfect Valentine treat and a fun thing to make with the children.  Let them drizzle the chocolate on top and dust the funfetti sprinkles all over.  There is no perfect way to do this - so let their way be perfect.

12 cups air popped pop corn (1/2 cup kernels)
1 ½ cups tightly packed brown sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
¾ cup butter
½ teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 ounces melted chocolate
¼ cup funfetti sprinkles

Spread popcorn out on a lined baking sheet.  Line with either a sil-pat or buttered parchment paper.  Place sugar, corn syrup, butter, table salt, vanilla, and soda in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.  Once sugar has completely dissolved boil for four minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and pour over popcorn.  Stir quickly to caramelize every kernel. Place in a safe place at room temperature for 3 hours, until dry. 

Pour melted chocolate over caramel corn and evenly sprinkle funfetti over top.  Let chocolate set then break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to one week.  If you’re in a hurry to set the chocolate, place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.