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caramel popcorn in a large glass bowl
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5 from 9 votes

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks is caramel popcorn! It is super easy to make and perfect for watching movies, TV, or just to snack on when you want something sweet and crunchy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Baking Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crunchy, sweet
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Rubber spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Parchment paper, artisan mat, or cooking spray
  • saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 6 to 7 quarts of freshly made popcorn (125g)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar 400 g
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup 150 g
  • 1 cup of butter 2 sticks or 16 tablespoons (226 g)
  • 1 tsp of salt 6 g
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda 4 g
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract 5 ml
  • Nuts optional

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 250 F/120 C.
  • Make the popcorn either with an airpopper or the old-fashioned way on the stovetop.
  • In a pot combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt. Set the burner to medium heat. Stir occasionally and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, allow it to boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
  • After the 5 minutes remove it from the heat and add the baking soda and vanilla extract and stir them in. The caramel will bubble.
  • Pour the caramel over the popcorn half at a time then stir the popcorn and then the other half. Stir until the popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel.
  • Spread the caramel popcorn out onto a silicone mat-lined sheet pan. Or you can use parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir the mixture, then bake for 15 minutes, then stir, etc. Do until the total time is 60 minutes. Allow the caramel popcorn to cool.
  • Break it apart and serve! Store in an airtight container at room temperature. It should last a few months. Enjoy!

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Notes

Nutritional facts for caramel popcorn