Ever since meeting the CEO of Crunch Daddy Popcorn, I've been on a quest to make my own caramel corn (although if you are looking for delicious perfection in a bowl, just order some. The sesame ginger crunch is fantastic.)
I wanted to make some for superbowl Sunday, because we have to make whatever we are bringing in advance this year, so I prepped some this morning. I used this recipe from AllRecipes and even though baking isn't necessary, I'm trying it now. I'm not sure how coated the pieces are supposed to be, but I often find caramel corn to be too sweet, so I went for half coverage. Everything is more in clumps and stuck together - I think going in several batches for stirring might have been a better idea.
I also halved the recipe - and it made a GIANT pyrex bowl (thanks Paul!) full of popcorn. So if all you have is a normal mixing bowl, just halve the recipe and you'll have plenty of caramel.