I remember walking along the board walk when I was little with my parents. It was night time and the whole boardwalk was lit up and people were everywhere. I saw an awesome ride in the distance that looked like a whirley car going down a hill. I pointed to it and my father asked if that’s what I really wanted to go on, so I nodded yes.
What he thought I was pointing at and what I actually wanted to do were two very different things and the next thing I knew I was in my first haunted house. We walked through the winding dark hallways with creepy noises following us, things jumping out at us and general haunted house mischief. I was terrified, but I walked through the whole thing, wondering at what point I was going to get in the car and get to go down the hill.
There was no car – but I did go through my first haunted house and live to tell about it.
- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 8-10 cups popped popcorn (1/3 to 1/2 cup un-popped)
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Halloween sprinkles
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to stir, and let boil for 4 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and stir until well-coated.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Pour chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring after each until fully melted.
Drizzle chocolate over popcorn and top with sprinkles.
Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Break up into clusters and serve.
Needless to say, I’ve never been much for haunted houses – but I love a good ghost story and can appreciate a bad horror movie from time to time. It’s October and Halloween is coming quick; we might as well get a little creeped out for it.