There’s something about the holidays that makes me crave popcorn. Maybe it’s the ceiling high stacks of popcorn tins at every drug store (empty tins=AWESOME storage). I haven’t bought one of those tins in years, but remember my family going through at least one every holiday as a child. The caramel corn would always be the first flavor to go. The the regular, then the cheddar would usually linger around until it went stale. It wasn’t a very popular flavor in my household. I think I shared most of it with our dog.
Ever make something because you had a craving for an ingredient? Of course you have. But I’m not talking something simple like an apple craving, I’m talking about an ingredient that needs to be made to use in another recipe. I’m probably not making much sense here. Salted Caramel. I’m addicted to the stuff. But you can’t just make it and eat it out of the jar with a spoon. At least not when my husband’s home–we’re still newly married enough that I pretend to be above those glutenous habits. So if you want caramel, you need to make it to go with something. Ice cream, cupcakes, fruit crisp. It really doesn’t matter. I’m hosting a dinner party next weekend and while I had no idea at first what I wanted to serve for dinner, I knew salted caramel was part of dessert.