oh my word.
if you're supposed to be packing today - or shopping or wrapping or traveling or spending time with your family - stop right now and go make this. it's sooooooo good. so good. (truth be told, i have never made a single one of molly's recipes that wasn't so good. ever. but this one. just go make it now and see for yourself.)
i made a batch yesterday to take to dear cousins this weekend. lots of friends have made it - martha made it, and erin made it (they both packaged it way cuter than i did.) and i've been meaning to make it for days.
i'm sort of on the other side of the holiday madness. hanukkah ended last friday night, and it's not that i don't still have 1,000 things to do, it's just that i no longer have 4,737,861 things to do, which is a big relief. so i had time yesterday - when i should have been wrapping and packing and folding laundry - to make two batches of caramel corn.
the first batch was a royal disaster. i knew the pan was too big when i started (hey erin, remember when i said the pan seemed too big? it was.) which meant that the caramel was too shallow, which meant that the candy thermometer didn't register properly, which meant that the caramel got too thick and gooey and didn't coat the popcorn nicely, and it was a big mess. (of course, that didn't stop me from eating it or taking pictures of it - it was only that i couldn't actually pack it up and give it.)
so i made the second batch - using a smaller pan - and oh my word. it's tasty and it's pretty and i'm going to have to make another batch next week to take to friends because it is just so good.
and now i'm off to do all that i should have been doing yesterday.
wishing you all joy and love and peace and caramel corn this holiday season.