Being the oldest of the six girls, I was kind of the guinea pig for my parents- they would test different parenting strategies out on me and if they didn’t work, they knew not to try them out on the next child.
Well, shortly after I was 14 years old, I met a boy. He was pretty cute and I had a big ol’ crush on him. He must have liked me too because one night, he tried to kiss me. Being inexperienced in this field, I had no idea what to do . . . so, I smiled. A big, toothy smile (with teeth covered in braces).
And what happened?
My brace-face teeth got a big wet kiss. Ha ha! He kissed my teeth!
I came home traumatized and told my parents about it . . . I think that they were more traumatized that their little girl was out kissing boys! Without thinking, my dad said, “I will give you $500 if you can make it through high school without kissing a boy.”
Now as a 14 year old, $500 is a lot of money! Heck, $500 is a lot of money as a 29 year old! Ha ha! And I have never been one to back down from a challenge . . . so I accepted his offer.
The years slowly crept by, boys came and went, and I kept my end of the deal- no kissing a boy until after high school.
Of course, high school just wouldn’t be high school without people poking fun at things and this seemed to be a hot topic. I would have boys try to pin me down and be the one to kiss my virgin lips. I remember that I was even the butt of a joke at a school assembly . . . and I remember thinking that I should have never agreed to this bet in the first place . . . but I was so close, I had to keep pushing on! I was determined to show my parents that I could do this.
Graduation Day finally arrived and my lips were kiss-free. Of course, my first kiss was later that night . . . and I remember thinking “that’s it? I am so glad that I didn’t give up my money for this!”
Other than that, I haven’t won too many other bets in my life. But I am willing to bet that if you make this addicting recipe, you will be hooked. You won’t be able to stop eating it by the handful and it will be the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep . . . okay, maybe not that extreme . . . but I am pretty sure you will love it! My mom has been making this recipe for years- it’s perfect party food!
Caramel Corn Pops Recipe
1 (8 oz) bag of Barrel O’ Fun Corn Pops (not the cereal- these are the kind that you would find on the potato chip/popcorn aisle)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Pour corn pops into two 9×13″ pans.
In a saucepan over medium high heat, mix together butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar.. Cook for two minutes or until it starts to bubble around the edges. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda (this helps coat the corn pops) and whisk until it’s completely mixed.
Pour caramel mixture evenly over the corn pops and gently stir in the pan until all the pops are evenly coated. Place pans in oven and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and dump the pops on wax paper. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Makes about 10 servings.